Baby powder users be careful because Johnson and Johnson company is again put on the spot in California after a court trial was wrapped. $417 million was ordered by the jury for the company to be given to the woman who allegedly claimed to have developed ovarian cancer due to the Baby Powder used as feminine hygiene.
63-year-old, Eva Echeverria, has won the largest lawsuit yet against one of the biggest companies that produce talc-based powders. She claimed the talcum content of the product she used since she was 11 years old was linked to her developing one of the most aggressive types of cancer in women.
The jury has reached the judgment after a month-long trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. They ordered the company to pay in punitive damages, which is the last case among a string of cases against the consumer-products maker. The verdict included about $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages. The company faces about 4,800 more similar claims across the country.
Jacqueline Fox from Birmingham, Alabama died of ovarian cancer after decades of using the same product. Her family received $10 million in actual damages and an additional $62 for punitive damages.
According to the American Cancer Society, talcum powder absorbs moisture and aids in cutting down friction. Both babies and adults have widely used it. However, talc, in its natural form, contains asbestos. This substance has been linked to cancer.
Moreover, studies have suggested that talcum powder may cause ovarian cancer if the particles travel through the vagina, uterus and to the ovaries. This means that if the substance is applied to the genital area, the risk of developing ovarian cancer increases.
SOURCE: ELITE READERS