October 28, 2016 (St. Louis, MO) – A verdict in the third talcum powder ovarian cancer trial in St. Louis, Missouri was announced October 27, with the jury awarding the Deborah Giannecchini $70,075,000. The 62 year old woman from Modesto, California had used Johnson's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene for 40 years until she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer three years ago. Despite having surgeries to remove her ovaries, uterus, colon and spleen, radiation and chemotherapy, her doctors have stated that she has an 80% chance of dying within the next two years.
After a trial lasting more than three weeks, jurors took just three hours to award Deborah Giannecchini the second highest ever amount in a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit. The first occurred in February of this year, also in St. Louis. The lawsuit, as with the previous two, was brought against both Johnson & Johnson and Imerys, the largest producer of talc in the world and the source of Johnson & Johnson's talc used in its talcum powder products. Imerys was not held liable in the first two talcum powder ovarian cancer trials of 2016, but the jury found against the company, ordering it to pay $2.5 million in punitive damages in this case. Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $575,000 in medical expenses, $2 million compensatory and $65 million punitive damages.
All three trials have resulted in the jury ruling against Johnson & Johnson for tens of millions of dollars in punitive damages. There are an estimated 4,000 talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits currently pending against Johnson & Johnson. Deborah Giannecchini brought this lawsuit to make other women aware of the ovarian cancer danger from talcum powder use and to force Johnson & Johnson to warn customers.
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As early as the 1970s, ovarian cancer experts have linked the routine use of baby powder for genital hygiene to an increased risk for contracting ovarian cancer. Putting any product that contains talc, including feminine body powders and talcum baby powders, on the genital area yields a 33% higher risk of cancer.
A wide variety of groups, ranging from cancer prevention organizations to states' health departments and even cosmetic industry representatives, have acknowledged the baby powder cancer link. Read the warnings links to numerous baby powder ovarian cancer warning statements.
If you or a loved one has suffered from ovarian cancer and have a history of using talcum powder, you may be eligible to participate in a Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit. Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits, which are NOT class action lawsuits, may ultimately prevent other women from suffering this tragedy.