A California woman who claimed her ovarian cancer was the result of using Johnson and Johnson talcum powder for 45 years was awarded more than $70 million by a St. Louis Jury Thursday evening.
Deborah Giannecchini was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer, having to have her spleen, colon, uterus and ovaries removed, according to a press release from the law firm representing her. The trial started about a month ago, and the jury was given the case earlier Thursday.
After three hours of deliberation, Giannecchini was awarded the money, $65 million of it coming from Johnson & Johnson.
According to the press release, the award breakdown is as follows:
- $575,000 in economic damages
- $2,000,00 Million in non-economic damages
- $65 Million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson
- $2.5 Million in punitive damages against Imerys
Half of the punitive award will go to the Missouri state Victims' Crime Compensation Fund.
Johnson & Johnson said they will begin the appeals process after Thursday's verdict.
Carol Goodrich, a spokeswoman from Johnson & Johnson released the following statement:
“We deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by ovarian cancer. We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder. In fact, two cases pending in New Jersey were dismissed in September 2016 by a state court judge who ruled that plaintiffs’ scientific experts could not adequately support their theories that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer, a decision that highlights the lack of credible scientific evidence behind plaintiffs’ allegations.”