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    J&J must pay $72 million for cancer death linked to talcum powder

    Johnson & Johnson <JNJ.N> was ordered by a Missouri state jury to pay $72 million of damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the company's talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades.

    In a verdict announced late Monday night, jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis awarded the family of Jacqueline Fox $10 million of actual damages and $62 million of punitive damages, according to the family's lawyers and court records.

    The verdict is the first by a U.S. jury to award damages over the claims, the lawyers said.

    Johnson & Johnson faces claims that it, in an effort to boost sales, failed for decades to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer. About 1,000 cases have been filed in Missouri state court, and another 200 in New Jersey.

    Fox, who lived in Birmingham, Alabama, claimed she used Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years before being diagnosed three years ago with ovarian cancer. She died in October at age 62.

    Jurors found Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy, the family's lawyers said. Deliberations lasted four hours, following a three-week trial.

    Jere Beasley, a lawyer for Fox's family, said Johnson & Johnson "knew as far back as the 1980s of the risk," and yet resorted to "lying to the public, lying to the regulatory agencies." He spoke on a conference call with journalists.

    Carol Goodrich, a Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman, said: "We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers, and we are disappointed with the outcome of the trial. We sympathize with the plaintiff's family but firmly believe the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence."

    Trials in several other talc lawsuits have been set for later this year, according to Danielle Mason, who also represented Fox's family at trial.

    In October 2013, a federal jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota found that plaintiff Deane Berg's use of Johnson & Johnson's body powder products was a factor in her developing ovarian cancer. Nevertheless, it awarded no damages, court records show.

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc <VRX.TO> now owns the Shower to Shower brand but was not a defendant in the Fox case.

    The case is Hogans et al v. Johnson & Johnson et al, Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, Missouri, No. 1422-CC09012.

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    About 1,000 cases have been filed in Missouri state court, and another 200 in New Jersey.
    1200 x 72 million = $86 Billion = J&J Bankruptcy!


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    Doesn't Dillinger use that shit on his bollocks?...From the Genital Cleansing Thread...

    And now he has his repo turned off, aparently...Connection?...

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    Holy shit.

    Popping down to Max Value in a minute

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    Doesn't Dillinger use that shit on his bollocks?



    Here you go, Dilly: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inguinal_orchiectomy

    Hitler, Lance Armstrong and The Dil - a holey trinity if ever there was one...

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    It's really worrying that one of the leading brands of talc has been found to cause cancer, and I don't see why the same product sold in other countries would have a different composition to that sold in the US.

    Luckily I've never used the stuff so don't have to worry about my balls falling off, but it does make me wonder about the cancer that has claimed family members

    Still a lot more info to come out about this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    About 1,000 cases have been filed in Missouri state court, and another 200 in New Jersey.
    1200 x 72 million = $86 Billion = J&J Bankruptcy!

    Well I don't think they'll be selling many of those two products in future anyway.

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    99.99% likelihood it will be overturned or severely reduced on appeal.

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    ^ yea all a bit over the top with crazy pay-out to boot. barmy innit.


    surprising how much cancer causing shit there is out there.

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    My Mother used this powder every day for her whole life, and it wasn't cancer that she died from.

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    Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in talc-powder trial

    Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million to a woman who said that using the company’s talc-powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

    The verdict, which J&J plans to appeal, was the second straight trial loss for the company, which is facing about 1,200 lawsuits accusing it of not adequately warning consumers about its talc-based products' cancer risks.

    Following a three-week trial in Missouri state court, jurors deliberated for about a day before returning a verdict for Gloria Ristesund. She was awarded $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.

    J&J spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said the verdict contradicted 30 years of research supporting the safety of cosmetic talc. The company intends to appeal and will keep defending its products' safety, she said.

    Ristesund said she used J&J’s talc-based powder products – which include the well-known Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder – on her genitals for decades. According to her lawyers, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had to undergo a hysterectomy and related surgeries. Her cancer is now in remission.

    Jere Beasley, whose firm represents Ristesund, said his client was gratified with the verdict. The jury's decision should "end the litigation" and compel J&J to settle the remaining cases, he said.

    J&J shares were down 18 cents in after-hours trading to $112.57.

    The verdict followed a $72 million jury award from the same court in February to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after years of using talc powder for feminine hygiene.

    That verdict, which J&J is appealing, sparked renewed interest in talc-powder lawsuits among plaintiffs' lawyers, as well as consumers familiar with....

    Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in talc-powder trial | Reuters

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    How about John Grisham getting involved?...It's right up his alley...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    .It's right up his alley..
    especially if he uses talcum powder there

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    My Mother used this powder every day for her whole life, and it wasn't cancer that she died from.
    Years ago they didn't put the shit in the products they do now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid View Post
    ^ yea all a bit over the top with crazy pay-out to boot. barmy innit.


    surprising how much cancer causing shit there is out there.
    Stop that conspiracy nonsense, already!

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