Enlarge / Johnson’s baby powder, stocked at a supermarket shelf in Alhambra, California. (credit: FREDERIC J.

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A judge has thrown out a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson, which came about when a jury sided with a terminally ill plaintiff who said that Johnson’s baby powder caused her ovarian cancer.
On Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson granted (PDF) JJ’s motion for a new trial (PDF).

The plaintiff, Eva Echeverria, won $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages following a trial.

Echeverria’s trial date was accelerated because of her poor medical condition, and she has since died.
More than 5,000 lawsuits have been filed against JJ alleging that baby powder, which contains talc, is linked to ovarian cancer.

The lawsuits typically allege that JJ had a duty to warn consumers about the connection between cancer and baby powder. JJ has maintained that its product is safe and any warning would be misleading.
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