May 5 (UPI) -- A St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $110 million to a Virginia woman who blamed the company's talcum products for her ovarian cancer.
The jury also ordered the company that provided the talc to Johnson & Johnson, Imerys Talc America, which is part of Paris-based Imerys SA, to pay about $100,000.
The jury awarded 62-year-old Lois Slemp $5.4 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages.
Johnson & Johnson faces more than 3,000 lawsuits for allegedly ignoring studies linking its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talc products to ovarian cancer and for allegedly failing to warn customers about the risk related to talc use. In 2006, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified talc as a possible carcinogen.