A jury in the US state of Missouri has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72m to the family of a woman who claimed her death was linked to use of the company’s Baby Powder talc.
Jackie Fox from Birmingham, Alabama died of ovarian cancer last year, aged 62, having used the baby powder talc for decades.
Her family argued that the firm knew of talc risks and failed to warn users.
Johnson & Johnson denied the claim and is said to be considering an appeal, while researchers say that the links with ovarian cancer are unproven.
The verdict at the end of the three-week trial was the first time damages have been awarded by a US jury over talc claims.
More than 1,000 similar cases are pending across the US and lawyers said thousands more could now be filed.
The jury in Ms Fox’s case deliberated for five hours before finding Johnson & Johnson liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy.
The award constituted $10m in damages and $62m in punitive damages.