What the Most Recent Talcum Powder Verdict Means for Victims
On August 22, 2017
With the breaking news of the most recent verdict in talcum powder litigation, our legal experts have been speaking with a number of clients and victims around the country. One of the most common questions among victims is concerned with the timeline of diagnosis. In the most recent trial, Eva Echeverria, the plaintiff, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. Many people are unaware that a diagnosis from 10 years ago would still qualify for a legal claim. Our attorneys are actively encouraging anyone who may have been affected by J&J's Baby Powder or Shower to Shower products to contact our office for a complimentary case evaluation.
As with other large sum jury awards, we fully expect the legal team for J&J to appeal this decision. The company is currently facing over 5,500 similar claims around the United States, and have already lost four other cases for a total of over $300 million. This most recent verdict includes $347 million in punitive damages, intended to punish J&J for its failure to warn consumers of the potential dangers of talcum powder. Court documents show that attorneys for the plaintiff argued that J&J had been aware of the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer from studies done in the 1970s, yet they did not warn consumers and continued to market their products as safe and effective for more than 40 years.
While we are sure to learn more about the ongoing litigation over the next several months, this large sum amount should be encouraging to victims that are currently awaiting trial. While future verdicts will likely be for lesser amounts, these larger awards may motivate J&J to negotiate or offer more reasonable settlements.