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Deborah Giannecchini Lawsuit Wins $70M Baby Powder Cancer Verdict

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Deborah Giannechini's lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson was successful; she was awarded more than $70 million. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

By    |   Friday, 28 Oct 2016 01:57 PM

Deborah Giannecchini was awarded more than $70 million Thursday in a lawsuit in which she claimed Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused her ovarian cancer.

A St. Louis court ruled in favor of the California resident who said her 2012 diagnosis was due to the many years she used the company's product.

“We are pleased the jury did the right thing. They once again reaffirmed the need for Johnson & Johnson to warn the public of the ovarian cancer risk associated with its product,” Jim Onder, an attorney for the plaintiff, told The Associated Press.

Despite the lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson says their baby powder product is perfectly safe.

“We deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by ovarian cancer,” Carol Goodrich, a spokeswoman with Johnson and Johnson, said in a statement. “We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.”

The 63-year-old Giannecchini was relieved after the court's decision.

“I do feel justice has been served, but I think more important is we begin to share the information and let women know that this is not the safe, innocent product that we think it is,” Giannecchini told CBS San Francisco.

In February, another St. Louis jury awarded more than $70 million to the relatives of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer after using talc for decades, which is a mineral mined from deposits across the world and crushed into a white powder. In May, a jury awarded $55 million to a South Dakota survivor of the disease.

Ovarian cancer is responsible for about "22,000 of the 1.7 million new cases of cancer" that are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, the AP reported.

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Deborah Giannecchini was awarded more than $70 million Thursday in a lawsuit in which she claimed Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused her ovarian cancer.
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