Louis Slemp, of Virginia, was successful in her lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson earlier this month. The 62-year-old Slemp brought the lawsuit due to her use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder and its connection to her cancer. Ultimately, the St. Louis jury in this recent talcum powder lawsuit awarded Slemp a record-setting amount of over $110M. The awarded payout breaks down as $5.4M in compensation and an additional $105 in punitive damages.
Presently, this is the largest amount that Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay out in the overall barrage of talcum based products lawsuits being filed against the pharmaceutical conglomerate. The lawsuits are based on the premise that Johnson & Johnson did not adequately warn consumers and users that their talcum containing products had a link to the causation of cancer.
Louis Slemp stated in her claim that she used the talcum containing products produced by Johnson & Johnson for over 40 years. In 2012, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Since 2012, Slemp’s cancer has spread to her liver. Similar to Slemp, thousands of individuals have brought suit against Johnson & Johnson due to their talcum based products and overall connection to cancer after years of repeated use.