(Reuters) – An Illinois jury on Friday refused to hold Johnson & Johnson responsible for a woman's death from ovarian cancer, which her family blamed for decades for using their talcum powder.
Relatives of the late Elizabeth Driscoll had sought up to $ 50 million in damages, saying that J&J knew that its baby powder and shower products were dangerous.
Ms. Driscoll died in September 2016 at the age of 69, 18 months after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The trial was brought by her niece Colleen Cadagin, who oversees her property.
Jury members in St. Clair County, Illinois, convicted J&J after a three-week trial.
In a statement, J&J said that the verdict reflected the jury's "careful consideration of the science and the facts presented", while adding that "we have great sympathy for all who suffer from cancer and know they are looking for answers."
Leigh O & # 39; Dell, who represented Mrs. Driscoll's family, said the evidence linking genital talc to ovarian cancer is still overwhelming.
"This decision will not deter us from seeking justice for the thousands of women who have fallen victim to this disease through the negligence and greed of Johnson & Johnson," she said. [1
J&J, based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, said this week it faces about 34,600 lawsuits over talc-based powders, up from 20,600 a year earlier.
In June, the US Supreme Court rejected its order to set aside $ 2.12 billion in Missouri damages for 22 women who blamed their ovarian cancer on their talc products.
J&J 2020 set aside $ 3.9 billion for legal fees, primarily for talk-related debt.
The company is investigating whether to move voice channels to a new company that would then apply for bankruptcy protection, seven people know about the matter have said.