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Johnson & Johnson products cause cancer: US jury awards $417 million as compensation
In a news that could mean huge loses for Johnson & Johnson, a Los Angeles jury has fined the company $417 million after finding the company liable for failing to inform a 63-year-old about the risk of using its talcum products. The woman has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.

The company has been facing thousands of such suits for long now but this is one verdict where the verdict has awarded such a huge fine. 

In California, the company is facing more than 300 lawsuits whereas 4500 others are pending in the rest of the United States. The crux of the suits is that the company deliberately ignored studies that had linked its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products to cancer.

In this case, the woman who has been identified as Eva Echeverria, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007 which is in the final stage now despite treatment. She has claimed to have used the company’s products since she was 11 and continued to use them until 2016. The woman testified that if the company had put a warning, she would not have used the product.

The fine might not mean much for the company which made a profit of $16.5 billion last year but with thousands of such cases pending, it can mean doom for the company. Add to that the impact the ruling will have on the company’s stocks and that will put the final nail in the coffin.

The woman will receive $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages. The jury panel delivered the order after finding a connection between her ovarian cancer and the baby powder.

The company has claimed that it will appeal against the order.

The study was published in 1982 and had claimed that women who used the talc on their genitals had a 92 per cent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer as compared to the ones who didn’t use it.

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