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Johnson & Johnson to pay $110.5 million in cancer lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson's baby powder, which is made of crushed-up talc, has been around since 1894. It has been used for many purposes, particularly to absorb moisture. People in New Orleans who use baby powder either on their infants or on themselves may assume that a product that is so commonplace cannot be dangerous. However, that may not be the case.

A woman has been awarded $110.5 million after suing Johnson & Johnson, claiming that she developed cancer due to the use of the company's baby powder. The woman's lawsuit comes on the heels of three other similar lawsuits in which awards were paid out totaling $197 million. In fact, approximately 2,000 lawsuits have been filed nationwide claiming that the use of talc products over a long period of time causes health issues.

In 2012, the woman, age 62, developed ovarian cancer. She claims the cancer was the result of her use of Johnson & Johnson's talc products for feminine hygiene purposes. She used such products over the course of four decades. She is now also suffering from liver cancer. She has become so sick that she could not appear in court. She is happy with the award, and believes it will "send a message." Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal the verdict.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has claimed that using talc products in the area of one's genitals could possibly cause cancer. Research going back to the 1970s has linked talc use to ovarian cancer. Certain studies have stated that those who use talc products like baby powder in their genital regions are 40 percent more likely to suffer from ovarian cancer than those who don't use talc products.

In the end, companies have to be responsible for the products they produce. When these products pose a danger to consumers, they need to be pulled from store shelves. Those who have been made ill due to dangerous consumer products may want to speak to an attorney to determine whether they are able to pursue a products liability lawsuit.

Source: nj.com, "Jury awards record-setting $110.5M in baby powder lawsuit," May 5, 2017

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