Ingham, who used baby powder for decades, said she joined the lawsuit because women who use baby powder 'need to know what's in there.
Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay almost $4.7bn (£3.58bn) in damages to 22 women who claim the company's talcum powder contributed to them developing ovarian cancer. The company's shares dropped in after-hours trading.
The verdict of a court in the USA state of Missouri follows an initial ruling, awarding 22 women compensation before adding a further $4.1 billion in punitive damages, the New York Times reported. The amount marks the largest jury award in the U.S. in 2018, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, and the sixth-largest jury verdict in a product-defect claim in U.S. history. A jury found Johnson & Johnson negligent but did not award damages to the plaintiff.
J&J dropped 1.4 per cent in late trading after closing at US$127.76 in NY.
The company will appeal, Carol Goodrich, a spokeswoman, said in an email.More news: Big Twitter Accounts See Follower Numbers Drop After Fake-User Purge
The lawyer for the 22 women in this most recent case said in a statement following the ruling that Johnson & Johnson should pull its product "before causing further anguish, harm, and death from a bad disease".
"For over 40 years, Johnson & Johnson has covered up the evidence of asbestos in their products", Lanier said in a press release issued immediately following the verdict.
J&J "rigged" tests to avoid showing the presence of asbestos, Lanier said. However, the prosecution in this case argued that J&J and the FDA's tests were flawed.
But Lanier argued J&J traded on the reputation of its baby powder as a source of comfort, all while rigging tests over decades to hide cancer-causing asbestos the company knew was in its talc.
"This was a new theory and the jury lined up behind it", Eggen said.More news: Black Sarcophagus Unearthed In Egypt... And It's Still Sealed
The cases that went to trial in St. Louis effectively combine those claims by alleging asbestos-contaminated talc caused ovarian cancer.
The punitive damages are among the largest ever awarded in a product liability case, he said. Two of those plaintiffs' verdicts, one for $72 million and the other for $55 million, have been erased on appeal on jurisdictional grounds.
"The evidence in the case was simply overwhelmed by the prejudice of this type of proceeding".
The jurors sat through weeks of testimony listening to experts who explained the complicated science, workers at Johnson & Johnson who said their product was safe.
Of the 22 women in the St. Louis trial, 17 were from outside Missouri, a state generally regarded as friendly towards plaintiffs. Valeant now faces suits over the body powder. Five plaintiffs were from Missouri, with others from states that include Arizona, New York, North Dakota, California, Georgia, the Carolinas and Texas.More news: Time machine throne speech transports province to the '90s: Opposition
Six of the women have died; nearly all of the rest, along with friends and relatives, were in the courtroom Thursday.