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FILE - In this April 19, 2010, file photo, Johnson's baby powder is squeezed from its container. On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman confirmed that a jury has ordered Johnson &amp; Johnson to pay $417 million in a case to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $417M in a lawsuit linking talcum powder to cancer


Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay a record $147 million to a hospitalized woman who filed a lawsuit claiming the talc in the company's baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly.

The lawsuit brought by Eva Echeverria marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson.

Echeverria's lawsuit alleged that the company failed to warn consumers about the powder's potential cancer risks. She used Johnson & Johnson's powder on a daily basis from the 1950s until 2016. Echeverria was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007 and claimed in her lawsuit that it developed as a "proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder."

Echeverria's attorney said his client hopes the verdict will prompt Johnson & Johnson to take action and put additional warning labels on its products.

"Mrs. Echeverria is dying from this ovarian cancer and she said to me all she wanted to do was to help the other women throughout the whole country who have ovarian cancer for using Johnson & Johnson for 20 and 30 years," her attorney, Mark Robinson said.

Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said the company plans to appeal the Los Angeles jury's decision.

So far, more than 1,000 people have filed similar lawsuits against the company. Goodrich said Johnson & Johnson is preparing to defend itself in upcoming trials.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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