Shower to Shower caused ovarian cancer and subsequent death of an Alabama woman, a jury found, and the award to her heirs was $72 million dollars. Another jury has awarded a woman 55 million dollars because she used talcum powder products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, another jury found. There are at least another 1,200 similar cases.
J & J said that it would appeal these verdicts. The judges act a the gatekeepers of evidence, including scientific evidence.
J & J has made perhaps billions of dollars in profits on the sales of these products over the years. J & J dismissed studies over the years that showed the increase in the incidence of ovarian powder in those woment who had used talcum powder for many years for absorbing moisture and personal hygiene. J & J failed to place a warning on the label or recall the product lines.
It will be interesting to see if J & J will begin to settle these cases. In many states, the death of the plaintiff may reduce or eliminate liability.