Johnson Johnson (JNJ.N) was systematic by a Missouri state jury to compensate $72 million of indemnification to a family of a lady whose genocide from ovarian cancer was related to her use of a company’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades.
In a outcome announced late Monday night, jurors in a circuit justice of St. Louis awarded a family of Jacqueline Fox $10 million of tangible indemnification and $62 million of punitive damages, according to a family’s lawyers and justice records.
The outcome is a initial by a U.S. jury to endowment indemnification over a claims, a lawyers said.
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Johnson Johnson faces claims that it, in an bid to boost sales, unsuccessful for decades to advise consumers that a talc-based products could means cancer. About 1,000 cases have been filed in Missouri state court, and another 200 in New Jersey.
Fox, who lived in Birmingham, Alabama, claimed she used Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for delicate hygiene for some-more than 35 years before being diagnosed 3 years ago with ovarian cancer. She died in Oct during age 62.
Jurors found Johnson Johnson probable for fraud, loosening and conspiracy, a family’s lawyers said. Deliberations lasted 4 hours, following a three-week trial.
Jere Beasley, a counsel for Fox’s family, pronounced Johnson Johnson “knew as distant behind as a 1980s of a risk,” and nonetheless resorted to “lying to a public, fibbing to a regulatory agencies.” He spoke on a discussion call with journalists.
Carol Goodrich, a Johnson Johnson spokeswoman, said: “We have no aloft shortcoming than a health and reserve of consumers, and we are unhappy with a outcome of a trial. We sympathize with a plaintiff’s family though resolutely trust a reserve of cosmetic talc is upheld by decades of systematic evidence.”
Trials in several other talc lawsuits have been set for after this year, according to Danielle Mason, who also represented Fox’s family during trial.
In Oct 2013, a sovereign jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota found that plaintiff Deane Berg’s use of Johnson Johnson’s physique powder products was a cause in her building ovarian cancer. Nevertheless, it awarded no damages, justice annals show.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX.TO) now owns a Shower to Shower code though was not a suspect in a Fox case.
The box is Hogans et al v. Johnson Johnson et al, Circuit Court of a City of St. Louis, Missouri, No. 1422-CC09012.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York. Additional stating by Jessica Dye in New York; modifying by Steve Orlofsky and Alan Crosby)