ST. LOUIS • A jury here Friday rejected a woman’s claims that her longtime use of baby powder made by Johnson & Johnson contributed to her ovarian cancer.
The 11-1 Circuit Court verdict in favor of Johnson & Johnson follows three earlier St. Louis jury verdicts totaling $197 million against the company last year. About 2,000 state and federal lawsuits are pending.
Nora Daniels, 55, of Columbia, Tenn., sued Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc, a J&J’s talcum powder supplier. Daniels, a mother of two, used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder from 1978 to 2013, when she was diagnosed with ovarian and uterine cancer.
The case began Feb. 6, and the jury began deliberations Thursday afternoon.
Daniels’ attorney, Jim Onder, said Friday’s verdict, while disappointing, “helps define what cases should and shouldn’t be compensated.” Onder said he thought the difference between this trial and the three others that favored plaintiffs was that the jury thought talcum powder did not contribute to her specific type of ovarian cancer.
“You’ve got to respect the process,” he said. He said the next talcum powder trials in St. Louis were scheduled for April and June.
In a statement Friday, Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said the company sympathized with ovarian cancer patients.