Jury awards cancer sufferer $70m following Johnson & Johnson lawsuit

Oliver Gill
Follow Oliver
Johnson And Johnson's Buys Guidant Corp
$127m has already been awarded in St Louis in similar cases (Source: Getty)

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $70m (£58m) of damages by a US jury following allegations prolonged use of its baby powder caused ovarian cancer.

Filed in St Louis, the lawsuit accused Johnson & Johnson – whose corporate roots trace back to 1886 – of “negligent conduct” in the production and marketing of the world-famous product.

Read more: Johnson & Johnson cuts 3,000 jobs

Californian Deborah Giannecchini brought the case against the pharmaceutical giant after she was diagnosed in 2012, according to reports by Associated Press.

There have been a number of conflicting court rulings in the US in similar cases. St Louis courts had previously imposed $127m in damages across two other cases.

However, two other cases heard in New Jersey were thrown out by a judge who concluded the evidence to support the accusations was not reliable enough.

Related articles