US court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay 72 million dollar for cancer death

Feb 25, 2016 08:06 IST

Missouri state court of United States on 22 February 2016 ordered Johnson & Johnson Company to pay 72 million dollars to the family of Jacqueline Fox, who died of ovarian cancer caused due to the use of the company's talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades.

In a verdict, jurors in the circuit court of St. Louis awarded the family of victim, 10 million dollars as actual damages and 62 million dollars as punitive damages.

US lawyers claimed that this verdict as the first of its kind by a U.S. jury to award damages over the claims.

Johnson & Johnson faces several hundred lawsuits claiming that it, in an effort to boost sales it failed to alert the consumers about the hazardous effects of talc-based products for decades.

Earlier 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. But it did not award any damages.

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