Three previous St. Louis juries awarded a total of almost $200 million to plaintiffs who made similar claims; those cases are under appeal. According to The Associated Press, approximately 2,000 state and federal lawsuits have been filed nationwide over concerns about prolonged talcum powder use.
Lois Slemp, 62, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, and the cancer has now spread to her liver, The Associated Press reported. She used Johnson & Johnson's talcum-containing products for more than 40 years, per court documents. Slemp was too ill to attend the trial, but submitted an audiotape of her deposition testimony.