St. Louis jury awards Alabama woman $72M in Johnson & Johnson cancer suit

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis jury has awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who sued Johnson & Johnson over ovarian cancer she said was caused by using its baby powder and other products containing talcum.

The civil suit by Jackie Fox of Birmingham was part of a broader Missouri claim involving nearly 60 people. Her son took over as plaintiff following his mother’s October 2015 death.

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Fox’s attorneys said the jury verdict Monday night was the first such case among more than 1,000 nationally to result in a monetary award.

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The jury said that Fox was entitled to $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages.

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A Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman said Tuesday that the New Jersey-based company was considering whether to appeal the verdict.

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