Woman Wins Baby Powder Lawsuit, Gets $70M In Damages
Deborah Giannecchini, 62, from Modesto, California claimed that using Johnson & Johnson baby powder for 40 years gave her ovarian cancer. Similarly, around 2000 women have filed lawsuits against the company.
According to her lawyers, Giannecchini has used the baby powder brand for feminine hygiene until she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago. She has an 80% chance of dying in the next 2 years.
After deliberating for about 3 hours, jurors ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $65 million in punitive damages and 90 percent of about $2.5 million for medical costs and pain and suffering while the supplier of talc, Imerys Talc America, was hit with $2.5 million in punitive damages.
"We are pleased the jury did the right thing. They once again reaffirmed the need for Johnson & Johnson to warn the public of the ovarian cancer risk associated with its product," Jim Onder, Giannecchini's attorney, said.
Onder also said that case studies show women who regularly use talc on their genital area face up to a 40 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.
International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies the use of talc on the genital area as "possibly carcinogenic." Talc is a mineral mined from deposits all over the world and is a popular ingredient of cosmetics and other personal care products to absorb moisture.
However, J&J will appeal. The company denies any link to talc use and ovarian cancer. Carol Goodrich, company spokeswoman, said, "We are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder. This verdict serves to undermine efforts by the scientific community to determine the true causes of ovarian cancer. The theories relied upon by plaintiffs' experts lacked scientific foundation. Science, research, clinical evidence and decades of studies by medical experts around the world continue to support the safety of cosmetic talc,'' Goodrich said.
Asthma Treatment Found In Hookworms, Study Finds
Hookworm wonders: Are Hookworms really effective in treating asthma? Find out what experts say.
Light After Darkness: Blind People Can See Again, Find Out How
Can blind people be able to see again? Is there finally a cure for blindness? What are the chances of a successful restoration of eyesight? Find out what experts have to say.
NASA Confirms Facebook Live Spacewalk Video Is A Hoax
Were you also been fooled? Find out as viral Facebook Live footage confirmed by NASA as hoax.
Weight Loss May Protect Women From Endometrial Cancer
A new study finds weight loss to be a significant factor in reducing a woman's risk for endomentrial cancer. The study suggests that even a modest loss of weight can greatly prevent the development of the most common gyncological cancer in women in the US.
Ovarian Cancer: The Facts That Could Save Life
It’s rarely easy to learn about your family’s health history, but it’s worth doing your research. Ovarian cancer can be protected.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Welcome To InsurTech: The Next Generation of Insurers
With how quickly technology has advanced in the past couple of decades, it's no wonder that it is changing many industries as we know it. Insurtech is sure to give insurance companies a new look and a modern business model to go by.
How Do Personal Emergency Response Systems Work?
Personal emergency response systems, known as PERS for short, are systems that help people to raise the alarm and get immediate help when a medical or personal emergency occurs. They are ideal for older people and anyone with a mobility issue or an injury or illness that can cause falls.
Game Developers’ Different Roles in the Studio
Learn about the different professionals involved in developing video games. Becoming a game developer is one of the coolest jobs around and your 14-year-old self, perched on the edge of your bed as you play PlayStation, will thank you for making such an awesome career move.
Surviving Your First Year of College
You Did It! You’re Off to College! Congratulations! You have finished high school and are off to college. The sense of accomplishment is overwhelming, and you have not even graduated yet! However, beware of the pitfalls. The allure of going to college is often associated with one word—freedom. You are leaving home to be on your own. You can have all the friends you want, stay up as late as you want, and perhaps spend as much money as you want. If you keep your head, you can avoid the problems associated with college life.