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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay millions in U.S. talc-powder trial

Johnson & Johnson on Thursday was ordered by a Missouri jury to pay over $110 million to a Virginia woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after decades of using of its talc-based products for feminine hygiene, according to a news report from Reuters.

The verdict in state court in St. Louis was the largest so far to arise out of about 2,400 lawsuits accusing J&J of not adequately warning consumers about the cancer risks of talc-based products. According to Reuters, Thursday's verdict came in a lawsuit against J&J and talc supplier Imerys Talc by Lois Slemp, a resident of Virginia who is currently undergoing chemotherapy after her ovarian cancer initially diagnosed in 2012 returned and spread to her liver. She claimed she developed cancer after four decades of daily use of talc-containing products produced by J&J, specifically J&J's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder.

For decades, women have been using talcum-based powders, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, as a personal hygiene substance.

If you or someone you love has developed ovarian cancer, and you believe it may have been caused by a talc-powder, it is crucial that you contact experienced representation right away. At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., our New Hampshire personal injury lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of those harmed by other persons and entities.