Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $55 Million in Second St. Louis Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial
The Onder Law Firm announces its second major victory over Johnson & Johnson this year
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - The jury announced a verdict in the second products liability case against healthcare products giant Johnson & Johnson over allegations that its talcum powder products lead to the plaintiff's contraction of ovarian cancer. Gloria Ristesund, a 62-year old South Dakota woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011, had used talcum powder products for feminine hygiene for almost 40 years. Ristesund, who is now in remission, underwent a hysterectomy, incurred $174,000 in medical expenses, along with significant pain and suffering. Despite the fact that Ristesund had several risk factors for ovarian cancer, the jury awarded her $55 million.
The second St. Louis Johnsons Baby Powder lawsuit (GLORIA RISTESUND, ET AL. vs. JOHNSON & JOHNSON, ET AL., Cause No. 1422-CC09012-01) lasted over three weeks followed roughly two days of jury deliberation. The jury found against Johnson & Johnson, awarding Gloria Ristesund $5 million in compensation and an additional $50 million in punitive damages. Another Johnsons Baby Powder cancer lawsuit was held in St. Louis in February of this year. In that case, Jackie Fox's estate received a $72 million verdict. Ms. Fox died of ovarian cancer in October 2015. The verdict in her case was for $12 million in compensation and $60 million in punitive damages. Both lawsuits took place in St. Louis, Missouri and were lengthy, over 3 weeks each, with complicated evidence and testimony presented by the plaintiff's attorneys and the type of vigorous defense expected from the world's largest healthcare products company. Both juries found that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers of ovarian cancer risks from talcum powder feminine hygiene use. More than 1,000 lawsuits are currently filed against Johnson & Johnson, all alleging that their use of talcum powder products made by the company, Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Show Body Powder, contributed to their ovarian cancer and that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the risks and failed to warn consumers.
This is the third lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson involving talcum powder ovarian cancer claims, all of which have resulted in the jury finding for the plaintiff and against Johnson & Johnson. The first trial took place in South Dakota in 2013 and resulted in no monetary award for the plaintiff.
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OnderLaw, LLC is a St. Louis personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. The Onder Law Firm has represented clients throughout the United States in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation such as Pradaxa, Lexapro and Yasmin/Yaz, where the firm's attorneys held significant leadership roles in the litigation, as well as Actos, DePuy, Risperdal and others, and other law firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation. For more information, visit Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Center or call 1-877-ONDER-LAW.