Yet another ovarian cancer victim has won her legal battle against Johnson & Johnson due to their talcum powder products. Jurors ruled in Virginia resident Lois Slemp’s favor, ordering J&J to pay the plaintiff a $110.5 million talc settlement. Slemp testified she used Shower to Shower® body powder and Johnson’s® baby powder for four decades to maintain feminine hygiene. This frequent use, argued lawyers, led Slemp to develop ovarian cancer in 2012, which has since spread to her liver.
Slemp, who’s currently undergoing chemotherapy to treat her cancer, won $5.4 million in compensatory and $105 million in punitive damages. Jurors also ordered talc supplier Imerys Talc to pay $50,000 in punitive damages as part of Slemp’s talc settlement agreement. “Once again, we’ve shown that these companies ignored the scientific evidence and continue to deny their responsibilities to the women of America,” said Slemp’s attorney, Ted Meadows.
Recent Talc Settlement History
Currently, the pharmaceutical giant faces around 2,400 pending lawsuits from women diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using J&J’s talc-based products. Talc litigation is becoming big business in the St. Louis area, where most pending claims against J&J go to trial. And while the company plans to appeal, this is their fourth major talc settlement loss within the past 15 months. See our summary of past talcum powder litigation that resulted in a multimillion-dollar talc settlement for plaintiffs below:
Jacqueline Fox: $72 Million Talc Settlement
In February 2016, Jacqueline Fox became the first ovarian cancer victim to win a talc settlement from Johnson & Johnson. Initially diagnosed in 2013, Fox passed away from ovarian cancer complications in October 2015 at her Birmingham, AL home. Fox’s lawyers submitted Johnson & Johnson company memos showing J&J knew about increased cancer risks associated with regular talc use. Jurors found J&J guilty of conspiracy, negligence and failure to warn consumers about cancer risks associated with genital talc dusting. Fox’s son, Marvin Salter, won a $72 million talc settlement after jurors ruled talc contributed to Fox’s ovarian cancer diagnosis. A pathologist examining Fox’s ovaries during her autopsy found them inflamed from embedded talc particles, which turned into ovarian cancer.
Gloria Ristesund: $55 Million Talc Settlement
A fan of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products, Gloria Ristesund says she faithfully used talc for feminine hygiene purposes. Nearly four decades later, the South Dakota native was diagnosed with endometrioid ovarian cancer in 2011. Ristesund sued J&J for negligence in failing to warn consumers about the link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. In May 2016, a Missouri jury ordered J&J to pay Ristesund (who’s now in remission) a $55 million talc settlement. The plaintiff’s lawyer, Allen Smith, stated: “Science has been simple and consistent over the last 40 years. There is an increased risk of ovarian cancer from genital use of talc.”
Deborah Giannecchini: $70 Million Talc Settlement
Johnson’s Baby Powder was part of Deborah Giannecchini’s daily feminine hygiene routine for 45 years. Then in 2013, doctors diagnosed the 62-year-old California native with stage 4 ovarian cancer. Despite undergoing chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, Giannecchini’s odds for long-term survival still hover around 20%, according to her treating oncologist. Due to extensive study data introduced in her October 2016 trial linking talc use and cancer, jurors ruled in Giannecchini’s favor. She won a $70 million talc settlement after lawyers cited studies showing daily genital talc use increased Giannechini’s ovarian cancer risk by 40%.
What You Can Do
Despite paying its fourth multimillion-dollar talc settlement to date, Johnson & Johnson refuses to warn consumers about potential cancer risks. As a result, thousands of women developed ovarian cancer who may have otherwise avoided it. These women now seek justice and talc settlement payouts through our judicial system.
If you or a loved one developed cancer due to frequent or long-term talc use, you may have a case. Get your free talc claim evaluation to see if you may qualify for financial compensation from the manufacturer. An experienced legal representative in your area will contact you with more information and help filing your claim.