Modesto, California - Deborah Giannecchini was recently awarded $70 million as payment for the damages that has been caused to her after allegedly using a talcum powder produced by the Johnson & Johnson Company, which has triggered ovarian cancer.
Giannecchini, 63 years of age, claimed that she had been using the talcum powder for 40 years as part of her feminine hygiene, but has recently stopped after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, three years ago. The 63-year-old was reported to firmly believe that Johnson & Johnson should be blamed for her condition due to negligence with the production process and marketing of the said product.
Despite having series of treatments, doctors are now saying that Giannecchini has an 80 percent chance of dying in the next two years. In one of their statements reported by Daily Mail, Atty. Jim Onder said that they are pleased after receiving the jury's decision of doing the right thing. Giannecchini's camp are said to be reaffirming the need to provide cautionary measures to the public with the use of Johnson & Johnson and the health risks that it brings.
On the other hand, as per MSN, spokesperson to Johnson & Johnson's Carol Goodrich has claimed that they are currently on the move in making an appeal with regards to the verdict. Goodrich said that their products are all guided by science which supports the safety of Johnson's Baby Powder.
Earlier this year, reports have it that there are also two other lawsuits in St. Louis which ended in a jury verdict with a combined worth of $127 million. However, these two lawsuits from New Jersey are said to be dismissed by a judge who claimed that there wasn't much of reliable evidence that can prove that the use of talcum powder can lead to ovarian cancer.
According to reports, Johnson & Johnson was allegedly ordered to pay $65 million to the 63-year old Giannecchini as part of the inflicting damages and another amount of approximately $2.5 million for the medical bills, pain and suffering. Imerys Talc America, co-defendant and supplier of the talc for Johnson & Johnson's has also been ordered to pay a total amount of $2.5 million as part of the punitive damages as well.