Despite research that talc-based powders may increase the chance of developing ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson have not placed warnings about this risk on their products. At that time, she did not know that there were lawsuits and studies conducted linking Johnson & Johnson's product to cancer and shortly after, she stopped using the product.
Plaintiffs like Echeverria, a medical receptionist who developed ovarian cancer after decades of using Johnson's Baby Powder for hygienic purposes, point to some studies that suggest a link between using talc in the genital region (as Echeverria had) and an increased risk for ovarian cancer.
She said in her lawsuit that she developed ovarian cancer as a "proximate result of the unreasonably unsafe and defective nature of talcum powder".
In Monday's case, the jury awarded Ms. Echeverria $70 million in non-economic damages and $347 million in punitive damages.
Echeverria's lawyer, Mark Robinson, said his client is undergoing cancer treatment while hospitalized and told him she hoped the verdict would lead Johnson & Johnson to put additional warnings on its products.
A Los Angeles jury has issued a $417-million verdict against Johnson & Johnson, finding the company liable for failing to warn a 63-year-old woman, Eva Echeverria who was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer about the risks of using its talcum products.
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Well, the firm of Johnson 7 Johnson has the plan to appeal against this case. Some studies have found a small to moderate increase in cancer risk, but these studies tend to rely on women self-reporting. The Firm is offering free legal reviews to women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer that may be associated with Johnson & Johnson's talc-based powders.
The Echeverria case was the first California talc case to go to trial, and the jury's massive figure will set a new standard for the many talc cases to come. It is not certain for sure whether talc is known for causing ovarian cancer.
She had blamed her illness on her use of the company's talcum powder-containing products for more than 40 years.
"We are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder", a J&J spokesperson told Bloomberg. Because all the cases show that it increases the risk of ovarian cancer.
Another St. Louis jury in March rejected the claims of a Tennessee woman with ovarian and uterine cancer who blamed talcum powder for her cancers.
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