Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a Missouri state jury to pay $72 million of damages to the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of the companyâ€™s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for several decades, Reuters reported.
This judgement was in response to a lawsuit by Marvin Salter, whose mother was diagnosed and died of ovarian cancer after using the company's product as a 'bathroom staple' for years.
The report added that the jurors awarded the family $10 million of actual damages and $62 million of punitive damages.
A report in The Daily Mail added:
Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson claim that in an effort to boost sales, the pharmaceutical giant failed for decades to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer....A Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman said Tuesday that the New Jersey-based company was considering whether to appeal the verdict.
This is not the first time the company is getting into trouble either.
According to The Guardian, a coalition of groups called the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics began pushing Johnson & Johnson to eliminate questionable ingredients from its baby and adult personal care products in May 2009 and the company agreed in 2012.
The report also added that Foxâ€™s attorneys, while fighting the case, suggested that â€śanybody who denies [the] risksâ€ť between â€śhygenicâ€ť talc use and ovarian cancer would be seen in the same light as those who denied a link between smoking cigarettes and cancer.