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Family Awarded $72 Million Over Death Linked to Talcum Powder

A jury has awarded the family of former Alabama resident Jacqueline Fox $72 million. Fox’s death from ovarian cancer was linked to her use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Power and Shower-to-Shower talcum products. Sixty-three year-old Fox died in October after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago. She had reportedly used Johnson & Johnson’s products for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years.

The verdict included $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages. It’s the first verdict against Johnson & Johnson over its talcum powders to include damages.

Jurors heard evidence that for decades the company allegedly failed to warn consumers its talcum powders could boost the risk of ovarian cancer.