Johnson and Johnson fined £50m after woman’s cancer death linked to talcum powder


Johnson & Johnson fined £50m after woman’s cancer death linked to talcum powder


Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $72 million (£50 million) in damages after a woman’s death from cancer was linked to its talcum products.

Jacqueline Fox’s death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the company’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades, a court heard.

An attorney for Fox said the jury verdict Monday night, which came after nearly five hours of deliberations at the conclusion of a three-week trial, was the first such case among more than 1,000 nationally.

Marvin Salter of Jacksonville, said his late foster mother had used the brand for decades, saying, ‘It just became second nature, like brushing your teeth. It’s a household name.

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 died in October at age 62.

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Jurors found Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy, the family’s lawyers said.

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.’

Allegations of a link between talcum and cancer are controversial, and many cancer experts believe the link is unproven.

Cancer Research UK states on its website: ‘If something truly causes cancer, you would expect people who are exposed to more of that thing to have a higher risk.

‘For example, the more you smoke, the higher your risk of lung cancer. But the majority of the studies have not found a similar relationship for talc use and ovarian cancer.’