Jury awards $72 million in Johnson & Johnson suit

Woman says baby powder, other products caused her cancer

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A jury has awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who said her ovarian cancer was caused by Johnson & Johnson's baby powder and other products containing talcum, The Associated Press reported.

The civil suit was part of a larger claim in St. Louis Circuit Court involving 60 people.

When Jackie Fox of Birmingham, Alabama, died in 2015 at 62, her son took over as plaintiff, the AP said. Marvin Salter of Jacksonville, Florida, said his late mother, who was a foster parent, used talcum powder as a bathroom staple for decades. "It just became second nature, like brushing your teeth," he said. "It's a household name. " The verdict Monday night, which came after nearly five hours of deliberations at the conclusion of a three-week trial, was the first such case among more than 1,000 nationally to result in a jury's monetary award, an attorney for the family told the AP. Fox was entitled to $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages, the jury decided. Attorney James Onder said he expected Johnson & Johnson to appeal the verdict. The New Jersey-based company previously has been targeted by health and consumer groups over possibly harmful ingredients in items including its No More Tears baby shampoo.

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