A Missouri jury has awarded $ 72 million to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer. According to them, the main cause of ovarian cancer in the women is the use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder.
A civil lawsuit by Jackie Fox, of Birmingham, Alabama was involving no less than 60 people. Her son sued baby powder over the death of his mother, two years after she was first diagnosed with cancer.
Marvin Salter, the son, said that her mother uses baby powder from Johnson & Johnson for decades. Fox lawyers said that the jury’s decision is the result of deliberation for 5 hours. According to the jury, the actual loss was $ 10 million, while compensation was $ 62 million.
Johnson & Johnson, a company based in New Jersey, has long been targeted by health and consumer groups as a dangerous powders manufacturer because some of its products contain ingredients that encourage the emergence of cancer. “No More Tears” is one of Johnson & Johnson’s products which are considered very dangerous by health and consumer groups.
In May 2009, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of health and consumer groups, has forced Johnson & Johnson to remove hazardous materials from its products. Three years later, Johnson & Johnson decided to grant the request, after more than three years of petitions and boycott threats.
Two of the highlighted material are 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde. These ingredients are considered as carcinogen ingredients. Johnson & Johnson is a family company, so we cannot really expect that the company can respond quickly to any complaint.
According to an internal memo released in September 1997, anyone who denies that the products of Johnson & Johnson have nothing to do with cancer will be deemed to deny the link between smoking and lung cancer. The jury’s decision on Monday might be the beginning of more than 1000 other demands.