A St. Louis jury has awarded a Vir­ginia woman a record-set­ting $110.5 mil­lion in the lat­est law­suit al­leg­ing that John­son & John­son’s baby pow­der

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caused can­cer. The jury rul­ing last week for 62-year-old Lois Slemp, of Wise, Va., comes after three pre­vi­ous St. Louis ju­ries awarded a to­tal of $197 mil­lion to plain­tiffs who made sim­i­lar claims. Those cases, in­clud­ing the pre­vi­ous high­est award of $72 mil­lion, are all un­der ap­peal. Slemp, who used the com­pany's tal­cum-con­tain­ing prod­ucts for more than 40 years, was di­ag­nosed with ovar­ian can­cer in 2012. Her can­cer has spread to her liver, and she was too ill to at­tend the trial. About 2,000 state and fed­eral law­suits have been filed across the coun­try over con­cerns about health prob­lems caused by pro­longed tal­cum pow­der use. John­son & John­son said in a state­ment that it would ap­peal.

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