Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson
On July 12, 2018, a St. Louis jury awarded $550 million in actual damages and an additional $4.14 billion in punitive damages to the 22 women who alleged Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The trial started June 6 in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, Missouri. The plaintiffs accused J&J and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, of concealing the fact that their talc was contaminated with asbestos.
Mark Lanier of Lanier Law Firm was the lead attorney representing the plaintiffs in this very important case.
“Johnson & Johnson has known for years that its talc products cause cancer. They can no longer hide this evil conduct from the American people,” said Beasley Allen Founder Jere Beasley. “Somebody with J&J needs to go to jail!”
Just before the trial started, Imerys reached a settlement with the plaintiffs. The terms of the settlement weren’t revealed. Imerys didn’t acknowledge that its talc was tainted or contributed to the women’s cancer. The settlement dismissed Imerys from the case, leaving J&J responsible for the verdict.
The consolidated case is Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson, in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, Missouri; Cause No. 1522-CC10417-01, Division Ten.