Judge tosses $417 million award against Johnson & Johnson


spaminator
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Judge tosses $417 million award against Johnson & Johnson
Robert Jablon, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First posted: Friday, October 20, 2017 10:34 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 10:42 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES — A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson granted the company’s request for a new trial, saying there were errors and jury misconduct in the previous trial that ended with the award two months ago.
Nelson also ruled that there wasn’t convincing evidence that Johnson & Johnson acted with malice and the award for damages was excessive.
The decision will be appealed even though Eva Echeverria has died, said her attorney, Mark Robinson Jr.
“We will continue to fight on behalf of all women who have been impacted by this dangerous product,” he said in a statement.
Echeverria alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about talcum powder’s potential cancer risks. She used the company’s baby powder on a daily basis beginning in the 1950s until 2016 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, according to court papers.
Echeverria developed ovarian cancer as a “proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder,” she said in her lawsuit.
Her attorney contended that documents showed that Johnson & Johnson knew about the risks of talc and ovarian cancer for three decades.
The company said it was pleased with the ruling.
“Ovarian cancer is a devastating disease — but it is not caused by the cosmetic-grade talc we have used in Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades. The science is clear and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder as we prepare for additional trials in the U.S.,” spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said in a statement.
Similar allegations have led to hundreds of lawsuits against the New Jersey-based company. Jury awards have totalled hundreds of millions of dollars.
However, on Tuesday a Missouri appellate court threw out a $72 million award to the family of an Alabama woman who has died, ruling that the state wasn’t the proper jurisdiction for such a case.
The court cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that placed limits on where injury lawsuits could be filed, saying state courts cannot hear claims against companies not based in the state where alleged injuries occurred.
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MHz
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I assume the Lawyers have all been paid in full.
 
Mowich
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I've been following this story since the first lawsuit as I too occasionally use baby powder and was brought up short by the accusations that it caused ovarian cancer. I was duly alarmed when the plaintiffs won the case but am very relieved to see that true science has prevailed and I can continue to powder myself.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

. . . very relieved to see that true science has prevailed and I can continue to powder myself.

Powder away, the case was tossed out as it was filed in the wrong State. That isn't science at work btw.
 
tay
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

I've been following this story since the first lawsuit as I too occasionally use baby powder and was brought up short by the accusations that it caused ovarian cancer. I was duly alarmed when the plaintiffs won the case but am very relieved to see that true science has prevailed and I can continue to powder myself.

As Mhz points out and I was going to say, hold that powder puff as;


However, on Tuesday a Missouri appellate court threw out a $72 million award to the family of an Alabama woman who has died, ruling that the state wasn’t the proper jurisdiction for such a case.
The court cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that placed limits on where injury lawsuits could be filed, saying state courts cannot hear claims against companies not based in the state where alleged injuries occurred.
 
MHz
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Try borax in water and let it dry on it's own and the borax will stay behin.
 
Curious Cdn
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We never used talcum powder on our kids. We used the corn starch version, instead. You can get silicosis from breathing powdered talc, just the same as from shredded asbestos (they are very close substances).
 
TenPenny
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

We never used talcum powder on our kids. We used the corn starch version, instead. You can get silicosis from breathing powdered talc, just the same as from shredded asbestos (they are very close substances).



You can get silicosis from breathing MANY powders.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mowich View Post

I've been following this story since the first lawsuit as I too occasionally use baby powder and was brought up short by the accusations that it caused ovarian cancer. I was duly alarmed when the plaintiffs won the case but am very relieved to see that true science has prevailed and I can continue to powder myself.


I think the finding is that there were improprieties in the first trial and also that J&J did not act in malice. There looks to still be evidence that talk based products do pose an elevated risk. So talk with care.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

You can get silicosis from breathing MANY powders.

... especially the ones that are made up of ground-up silica.
 
Mowich
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Thanks for all the warnings, guys. I use baby powder infrequently and sparingly but will take heed.
 

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