California jurors who awarded $417 million on Monday in a talcum powder trial may well have been influenced by three new pieces of evidence, including an emailed photo that arrived just as the trial started, according to plaintiffs’ attorneys in the case.
The jury, in Los Angeles Superior Court, handed up a verdict awarding Eva Echeverria $70 million in noneconomic damages and $347 million in punitive damages after finding that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn that its baby powder could cause her to get ovarian cancer. ALM monitored the jury verdict through Courtroom View Network, which covered the trial. Echeverria was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007.
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