$70M Cosmetic Talc Verdict in St. Louis: Ovarian Cancer

After a three week trial, on October 27, 2016, a St. Louis, Missouri jury found Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, Inc. liable for a plaintiff’s ovarian cancer allegedly caused by talc and awarded the plaintiff $70,075,000.  The allegations were that talc itself, and not asbestos-contaminated talc, caused the alleged injuries.  The jury awarded $575,000 in economic damages and $2 million in compensatory damages against the defendants.  The jury also awarded punitive damages: $65 million against Johnson & Johnson and $2.5 million against Imerys Talc.  This verdict was in addition to the previous $72M and $55M verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in the same jurisdiction.  The plaintiff was represented by Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.; Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC; and The Smith Law Firm.  Hogans v. Johnson & Johnson, No. 1422-CC0901202 (Mo. Cir. Ct., St. Louis City). Click here for more information.

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