Plaintiff wanted to help others in talc case

Francis Osborne
August 23, 2017

She says while the company sympathizes with women suffering from ovarian cancer that scientific evidence supports the safety of Johnson's baby powder.

The global pharmaceutical company has argued that studies and federal agencies have not found that talc products are carcinogenic.

In May, a Missouri jury awarded a Virginia woman 110.5 million USA dollars for a similar allegation, by then, three other Missouri juries had awarded a total of 197 million US dollars to plaintiffs who made similar claims.

Carol Goodrich, a spokeswoman for the company, said it would appeal the verdict in the superior court of Los Angeles County.

Johnson & Johnson was represented by Bart Williams and Manuel Cachán, both Los Angeles partners at Proskauer Rose, the same lawyers who in March got the only defense verdict over talcum powder.

What's wrong with baby powder? According to lawyers for the woman, she began using Johnson & Johnson's talcum-powder products when she was 11. Echeverria said that she used the product from the 1950s to 2016.

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"Besides that case, three other jury trials in St. Louis reached similar outcomes past year â€" issuing awards of $72 million, $ 70.1 million and $ 55 million, for a combined total of $ 307.6 million.

Echeverria's complaint stated that studies in 1971 and 1982 revealed a link between talc and ovarian cancer.

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Echeverria in the lawsuit figured out that Johnson and Johnson had failed to warn the consumers about the potential risk of the talcum powder towards cancer. She really didn't want sympathy. She said that the company is preparing to defend itself in trials of similar nature in future.

The firm plans to appeal, as it has in previous cases. Ms. Echeverria's own treating gynecologic oncologist testified that she believed talc was more likely than not the cause of her patient's cancer. She also blamed the company's talcum powder for the illness, which she had been using for 40 years.

May 2017: The jury convened for Missouri's fifth talcum powder trial awarded the plaintiff more than $100 million in compensatory and punitive damages. Ms. Echeverria's attorney, Mark Robinson, told NYT his client continued using the powder until hearing news of litigation against Johnson & Johnson linking talc to cancer; she filed suit against the company soon after.

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