Jury awards over $70M in lawsuit claiming baby powder causes cancer

Baby talcum powder container on blue background

Baby talcum powder container on blue background

ST. LOUIS — A California woman awarded more than $70 million in her talcum powder lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson says she is pleased by the ruling, but it doesn’t make up for the damage to her health.

A St. Louis jury on Thursday sided with 63-year-old Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, California. She said at a news conference Friday that she used Johnson’s Baby Power for 45 years before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012.

Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that it sympathizes with women and their families impacted by ovarian cancer, but science has shown no link with talcum powder. The company plans to appeal.

It was the third big verdict awarded in St. Louis this year against the company. The three awards combined amount to nearly $200 million.