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$72 million award in talcum powder-Ovarian cancer lawsuit

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The lead attorneys in a $72 million jury award are sending out a warning about talcum powder and the risk of ovarian cancer.  A Missouri jury awarded the family a $72 million dollar verdict against Johnson and Johnson Products.

Attorneys Allen Smith and Tim Porter say the product is linked to the Ovarian cancer death of an Alabama woman in 2015.

The lead attorney claims Johnson and Johnson internal documents revealed hazards dating back to the 1980's.

"That was what speaking to the jury after the case that was the most compelling reason for the punitive damage award was the internal documents were so strong; that these companies admitted the hazard and tried to keep it from the public," said Smith.

Family members said Jackie Fox of Birmingham  used talcum powder as a bathroom staple for decades. 

"I would hope that Johnson & Johnson would do the right thing. be a responsible company and satisfy these women and place a warning on it's product. So that women can make informed decisions about their own health and safety which they deserve," said Smith.

With hundreds of other cases pending, they hope Johnson and Johnson will place warning labels on the products. Smith said he hopes women will now be on notice for this product.

Johnson and Johnson is expected to appeal the verdict. According to Reuters news service, On Tuesday, a Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman, Carol Goodrich, said the company believes the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence.

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