Latest Talc Powder Verdict Reaches $110 Million in Missouri
This month, jurors of the Missouri 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of St. Louis City awarded Lois Slemp of West Virginia $110 million in the latest talcum powder trial verdict, finding Johnson & Johnson liable for her development of Stage III ovarian cancer.
According to Slemp’s attorneys, evidence showed that her ovaries contained both talc and asbestos after using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products for over 40 years. After a day and a half of deliberation and a 16-day trial, the jury reached their verdict.
Slemp’s claims were the first to be tried since jurors reached a verdict in favor of Johnson & Johnson for the first time in a Missouri state court talcum powder case. Prior to that, three cases were tried in the state, resulting in $72 million, $55 million, and $70 million verdicts for the plaintiffs.
A spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson stated that they would appeal the verdict. They believe their past victories, including the dismissal of two cases in New Jersey last year, prove their theory that talcum powder does not cause ovarian cancer. As such, the company is preparing more trials this year in defense of the safety of their product.
Slemp’s claims were advanced to trial due to her declining health. She also alleged that her Stage III ovarian cancer had metastasized to her liver as a result of their dangerous product.
Atlanta Talc Lawsuit Attorneys
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing more than 1,200 personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits due to the effects of its baby shower and Shower-to-Shower talcum powder products. Numerous studies have revealed that talc can significantly increase a woman’s risk of developing this aggressive and often fatal ovarian cancer when used in the genital region.
Schneider Hammers is a top-rated law firm with more than 40 years of combined experience in fighting for the rights of individuals harmed by defective products, and have won millions in compensation on behalf of our clients. If you have been harmed by Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products, you should not have to bear the financial burden of treating your medical condition.
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