In a third straight legal loss, a jury awarded a woman over $70 million dollars in a suit against Johnson & Johnson, which claims that the company’s talcum powder is linked to cancer.
This follows two earlier victories, where plaintiffs were awarded $72 million and $55 million respectively in mostly punitive damages against the company for related claims. Currently 1,700 lawsuits are being brought against the company.
The pharmaceutical giant has come under fire for allegedly ignoring evidence that talcum powder in their products can cause cancer when used over an extended period of time and failing to warn consumers about the risks associated with its products.
Plaintiffs allege that their long-term use of the talcum products resulted in cancer and they are intent on holding the company accountable for its actions. In a consensus, those involved believe that at the very least, the company has a duty to warn consumers of the risks they face when using the products.