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California Talcum Trial - Expert's testimony

Expert Testifies in Johnson & Johnson Trial that Talc is Toxic

July 31, 2017
Laura Plunkett, a toxicologist and pharmacologist who testified in several of the Johnson & Johnson talc trials in Missouri, took the stand in the ongoing talc trial in California to assert that talc is toxic and carcinogenic.

The closely watched trial is the result of a lawsuit by Eva Echeverria, who alleges that her terminal case of ovarian cancer was caused by her prolonged use of talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product, a usage that the product’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, has long promoted as “safe.”

Plunkett testified that talc can migrate through the vagina to the ovaries, where it can cause chronic inflammation that can lead to cancer. She further argued that ovarian cancer cases are most common when a small amount of talc is introduced on a regular basis over an extended period of time.

Many hundreds of cases in the Multi-District Litigation (MDL) case are pending; Echeverria’s is being heard first because her doctors have given her only months to live. Central to her allegations is that J&J knew of the dangers of talc but concealed them from the public.

Johnson & Johnson lost several talc trials in Missouri; the company has been ordered to pay verdicts amounting to more than $300 million.

If you believe that your ovarian cancer was caused by long-term exposure to talcum powder, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Contact the expert attorneys at immediately so we can help you with your case.

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