Plantiff Deborah Giannecchini has won her lawsuit against personal care giant Johnson & Johnson after testifying that the company’s talcum powder has caused her to get ovarian cancer.
The personal care giant is now required to pay out $70million in damages to Giannecchini, who was diagnosed in 2012 after using the powder in an ‘intimate area.’ Giannecchini then accused J&J of ‘negligent conduct’ by making and marketing the product.
However, J&J has stated it will appeal the decision based on scientific evidence that supports the product’s safety.
Carol Goodrich, company spokesperson said, “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.”
This is just one case in many which accuse talcum powder of being the cause of cancer, with around 2,000 women filing similar suits.