In an article in The Journal News by Nathan Bomey, it was reported that Johnson & Johnson to pay $110,000,000 to a Virginia woman for failing to disclose the cancer risk from its baby powder. The woman, Lois Slemp, is 62 yrs. old and was diagnosed in 2012 with ovarian cancer. The products liability case alleged Johnson & Johnson concealed the possible talc in its baby powder can cause cancer.
Johnson & Johnson has a legal crisis where the company has already lost several similar cases with verdicts of $72,000,000, $70,000,000 and $55,000,000. Johnson & Johnson faces multiple class action suits.
After three weeks of testimony (expert on both sides testified) a 12 person jury deliberated ten hours before rendering the verdict in the Slemp case. An attorney representing Slemp and other plaintiffs stated “they chose to put profits over people, spending millions in efforts to manipulate scientific and regulatory scrutiny”. Johnson & Johnson has repeatedly denied the connection between the talc and cancer. Johnson & Johnson said it would appeal the verdict as it won two other cases in March. The company stated “we are preparing for additional trials this year and will continue to defend the safety of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder”. Johnson & Johnson sold the Shower to Shower brand several years ago.