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Jackie Fox, left, and her son Marvin Salter, right.Jackie Fox, left, and her son Marvin Salter, right. (Courtesy photo)

A jury has awarded $72 million in the first damages verdict against Johnson & Johnson over claims that the use of talcum powder caused a woman’s ovarian cancer.

The award by a jury in St. Louis, Missouri, state court on Monday includes $62 million in punitive damages to the family of Jacqueline Fox, an Alabama woman who used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and another talc product for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She died on Oct. 6 at age 62.

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