Woman Awarded $417 Million in Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Lawsuit

A Los Angeles jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in damages to a woman who says she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s baby powder.

According to CNN, the 63-year-old Los Angeles woman, told the court she used the powder since she was 11 years old as part of her feminine hygiene routine.

According to the American Cancer Society, studies have been mixed on if talcum powder causes ovarian cancer. It has been suggested the powder might cause ovarian cancer if powder particles travel upward to the ovary during feminine hygiene routines.

The woman said Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn customers about the cancer risks of the baby powder.

Fox News reports Johnson & Johnson faces 4,800 similar claims nationally and has already been ordered to pay $300 million by juries in Missouri.

Johnson & Johnson says it plans to appeal the verdict.