Johnson & Johnson has come under fire again for its products’ link to ovarian cancer. The manufacturing giant lost another lawsuit in which a woman alleged that she got ovarian cancer due to using the company’s talcum powder for feminine hygiene.
According to reports, the trial was three-week long and it took place in Missouri state court. Jurors deliberated for three days before finally siding with the plaintiff Gloria Ristesund. As a result, J&J has to pay $55 million to the woman.
Ristesund claimed that she used the company’s talc-based powder products on her genitals for decades for hygiene purposes. She eventually got ovarian cancer and has to undergo hysterectomy and related surgeries as a result. Ristesund’s stance was that J&J never put any health warning regarding the talc’s connection with cancer.
Meanwhile J&J spokeswoman, Carol Goodrich maintains that the verdict contradicts the company’s 30 years of research supporting the safety of cosmetic and it still intends to appeal to the jury’s decision.
This is the second time in a row that J&J has lost a lawsuit related to its talc-products. In February, J&J was made to pay $72 million to a woman’s family who died of ovarian cancer after years of using the company’s talcum powder for feminine use.
In all the talc litigation cases against J&J, the plaintiffs accuse the company of failing to warn consumers of the talcum powder’s link to increased risk of ovarian cancer.