A St. Louis jury is ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay more than 110-million dollars to a Lois Slemp, who blames the company's talcum products for her ovarian cancer. The tally being $5.4-million in compensatory damages – and $105-million in punitive damages.
The Virginia woman's lawsuit is one of more than three-thousand that accuses the world's biggest health care products company of ignoring studies that link Johnson & Johnson baby powder and Shower to Shower talcs to ovarian cancer. Slemp says she developed cancer after four decades of using talc-containing products. The lawsuits say J-and-J failed to warn customers about the risk.
A company spokeswoman says Johnson & Johnson will appeal the verdict.