Cancer Patient Awarded $417 Million In Johnson & Johnson Talc Powder Case

A terminally ill cancer patient by the name of Eva Echeverria was just awarded a $417 million payout to be paid by Johnson & Johnson. The maker of Johnson’s Baby Powder is currently fighting thousands of similar lawsuits over potential cancer risks of its talc-based products.

Eva Echeverria, 63, has being undergoing ovarion cancer treatments and after watching a news segment of another woman diagnosed with ovarion cancer after using the talc-based powder, she became alarmed. Echeverria has been using the product for over 50 years and just stopped in 2016 after learning of the risks associated with the powder.

Agreeing with the plaintiff that there was a connection between her cancer and her use of Johnson & Johnson’s products containing talc, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded Echeverria $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million, a record total in punitive damages on Monday. This is the largest settlement ever awarded in talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson.

In May, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $110.5 million to a 62-year-old woman, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products for many decades.

Echeverria hopes her victory will force the company to inform the public of the risks associated with the use of talc-based products.

“Mrs. Echeverria is dying from this ovarian cancer and she said to me all she wanted to do was to help the other women throughout the whole country who have ovarian cancer for using Johnson & Johnson for 20 and 30 years,” Mark Robinson told The Associated Press. “She really didn’t want sympathy. She just wanted to get a message out to help these other women.”

Johnson & Johnson intend to appeal the decision because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.”


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