There are about 2,000 women that have filed cases against Johnson & Johnson alleging that their talcum-based personal hygiene products are causing cancer. Eva Echeverria, who won the latest verdict awarding her $417 million, stated that the company was aware of potential dangers from consistent use of their baby powder. Echeverria also alleged that Johnson & Johnson knew there was a risk to women but refused to warn the public about it.
Echeverria was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. She used Johnson Baby Powder once or twice a day for 41 years. Echeverria's lawyer, Mark Robinson said that he thinks the jury was swayed in part by Johnson & Johnson's own documents from 1964 showing that the company was aware of the risk of ovarian cancer from using talcum powder for feminine hygiene.
Echeverria was too ill to attend the trial but is happy for the verdict and hope it will help other women know about the risk of using talcum powder. Other verdicts awarded $110 million to a Virginia woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. Three similar cases in St. Louis awarded over $300 million to the plaintiffs.