US Court overturns $417 million lawsuit linking Johnson and Johnson’s product to ovarian cancer

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The California judge on Friday ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson by quashing the US$417 million damages lawsuit by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder.

The decision followed a jury’s decision in August to hit J&J with the largest verdict to date in the litigation, awarding California resident Eva Echeverria $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages.

According to Echeverria, Johnson & Johnson’s talcum products, including the famous baby powder, caused the development of her disease. Echeverria developed ovarian cancer as a “proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder”, she said in her lawsuit.

Earlier this week, a Missouri appeals court also overturned the decision to condemn the giant company to pay $72-million to Jacqueline Fox; a woman who died at age 62 from ovarian cancer.

The company had appealed all these convictions. J&J denies that there is any link between its talc products and the development of ovarian cancer.

Notably, the US Food and Drug Administration does not consider that there is a proven link between cancer and talc-based cosmetics.

In a statement, the company said it is satisfied with Friday’s decision,