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A Missouri jury awarded the family of a woman a multi-million dollar verdict against Johnson & Johnson after she sued the Big Pharma giant claiming the company’s talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer.

The St. Louis jury found J&J knew about the link between talc-based products and cancer for decades and failed to warn the public. They found the company liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy. The jury ordered J&J to pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive damages. This is the first verdict to award damages in a talcum powder case.

For decades, women used talcum powder for feminine hygiene, sprinkling it on undergarments and the vaginal area to prevent odor or extra moisture.

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