California woman wins $70 million in J&J baby powder lawsuit

California woman wins $70 million in J&J baby powder lawsuit

Delivering a tough blow to Johnson & Johnson (J&J), a St. Louis jury ruled in favor of a California woman who alleged that the company's baby powder caused her ovarian cancer.

Deborah Giannecchini, a resident of Modesto, Calif., won more than $70 million in damages from J&J after she successfully convinced the jury that the company failed to inform her about a possible link between its baby powder and ovarian cancer.

Giannecchini, who was diagnosed in November 2012, said she was feeling elated and relieved after the jury pronounced the verdict. She also expressed hope that J&J will now take steps to prevent any such incidents in the future.

After pronouncement of the verdict, she said, "I hope that Johnson & Johnson will step up and take responsibility … and post a warning on their product that says this is not as safe as you may think it is and think about it before you decide to use this product."

The most recent verdict follows previous two verdicts, in which the company was directed by a court to pay $72 million and $55 million in compensations to plaintiffs. Both of those verdicts are being appealed by the company.

But, J&J continues to insist that various tests and trials have shown that its products are safe. The company also declared that it will appeal the verdict.