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Talcum Powder Usage, Lawsuits, Updates & link to ovarian cancer

Talcum Powder May Cause Ovarian Cancer if Regularly Applied to Genitals

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Johnson and Johnson’s® Baby Powder is one of the most popular products containing talcum powder, may increase the risk of ovarian cancer when used for feminine hygiene. Recent court cases have shined a spotlight on the possible link between women's regular use of talcum powder on their genitals and an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.

In February 2016, a jury determined that the family of a 62-year-old Alabama woman, who died from ovarian cancer in 2015 after decades of using talcum powder for feminine hygiene, was entitled to $72 million in damages from Johnson & Johnson®. The company did not inform customers of the potential dangers of its powders despite being aware of the possible health risks.

Talcum powder is widely used in cosmetic products, such as:

Johnson’s Baby Powder
Shower to Shower
Baby Magic Baby Powder

The powder — made from talc, a mineral that consists of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen — is used to absorb moisture and cut down on friction. Some talc contains asbestos, a substance that has been linked to cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled, according to the American Cancer Society.

Talcum powder has long been a personal-hygiene and cosmetic staple around the world. It is commonly seen in babies’ television commercials and in women’s cosmetics bags for various hygiene needs.

However, caution is warranted. According to the American Cancer Society, some scientists believe that prolonged use of talcum products can cause cancer in the ovaries when minute particles migrate through the vagina and fallopian tubes into the ovaries. Prolonged use of talc products in this manner has been associated with inflammation in the ovarian tissues, which is thought to contribute to tumor formation.

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Filed lawsuits against johnson & johnson baby powder

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There are over 4500 cases currently filed in the United States against Johnson & Johnson for concealing the dangers associated with the use of their Talc-based powder product. Cases are also now pending in Canada, where 8 women from Ontario and Quebec are suing. 

The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com believe the number of lawsuits will grow as women are made aware of the risks of prolonged use of talc-based products.

Even amidst thousands of pending complaints, and three lost jury trials, Johnson & Johnson continues to stand behind the safety of its talc-based products, stating “the talc in our baby powder has a long history of safe and gentle use.”

Above and beyond liability, we have to wonder if these lawsuits will hurt their corporate image. They are still a widely respected and trusted corporation, but since when did a corporation care about anything other than their own profits? 

It is our hope that the public becomes more aware of the possible connection between the prolonged use of talcum powder and the risk of developing ovarian cancer. The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com believe that every woman should have enough information to make the choice to use talcum powder for herself.

One of facts that the injured victim of a bad drug or defective medical device discovers in a lawsuit against giant corporations is that they can take a long, long time. In the experience of the attorneys at TheLawFirm.com, these types of cases often take five to eight years to fully settle. We are constantly being asked for status updates from clients. This is especially true towards the end of the cases. Many times our update is simply that the case is ‘ongoing’. This often leaves our clients frustrated with the process.

We share this frustration. We wish that justice would be swift and certain. However, the multi billion dollar corporations who have created the bad drug or defective medical device are often prepared to spend a good portion of their wealth fighting the victims of their products.

TheLawFirm.com is actively involved in cases involving talcum powder.

Talcum powder cases will take much longer than some others. Although Johnson and Johnson has been hit with two large verdicts ($55,000,000 and $72,000,000), they are appealing both verdicts. The outcome of the appeal is, of course, uncertain. It is also entirely possible for the parties to settle short of appeal

As well, there will likely be trials between now and the time when the appeals are heard.  If these all go the way the last two trials have gone, it is possible Johnson and Johnson may change their position.

As of October 4, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued an order (PDF) transferring 54 lawsuits pending in 20 federal courts into one court — the District of New Jersey under Judge Freda L. Wolfson.

However, barring a radical change in the approach currently taken by Johnson and Johnson, we expect that Talcum powder cases will take between five and eight years to fully settle. One thing for our clients to remember is that we are very invested in seeing justice done. Besides genuinely caring about our clients, we are working on a contingency basis and fronting all the case costs ourselves.

There are two ways that TheLawFirm.com reduces the time needed to obtain compensation. First, we are very prepared with our cases. This often allows us to participate in the very early rounds of settlement negotiations. Second, we often team up with many of the finest attorneys in the country. These relationships allow us to stay on the cutting edge of this litigation and provide strength in numbers for our clients. Indeed, it is common for the attorneys at TheLawFirm.com to work closely with many other excellent lawyers to settle our client’s claims.

Please don’t allow these delays to deter you from making a claim. If you do that, the corporations win. If you have been injured, or had a loved one die from a bad drug or defective medical device, let TheLawFirm.com help you get justice. We’ll be by your side as long as it takes.

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What is talc?

Talc is a naturally occurring mineral that is made up of magnesium and silicon, along with some hydrogen and oxygen. It is the primary component of soapstone, and is responsible for that rock’s somewhat slippery feeling. Talc is a soft mineral – so soft that a fingernail can scratch it – and it can be pulverized easily.

Talc has a number of applications in health and industry. It is the main ingredient in the chalk that welders use to mark their metals. In powdered form, it is used to coat the insides of rubber gloves and inner tubes to prevent the surfaces from sticking together. Basketball players and boxers use it to keep their hands dry.

Most people know talc because it is the active ingredient in talcum powder and baby powder. In those products, talc acts to wick away moisture from the skin, thus preventing chafing and diaper rash.

What are the hazards of talc?

For more than a hundred years, baby powder and talcum powder – much of it manufactured by Johnson & Johnson – was regarded as a safe, gentle way to reduce itchiness and diaper rash. It’s only been in the last decade or so that medical and pediatric advisory boards have started suggesting that, because the particulate matter in talcum powder and baby powder can be so easily inhaled, caregivers should stop using it on infants.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) specifically recommends that caregivers not use baby powder or talcum powder on babies. The AAP’s warning was not issued because of a specific cancer threat, but because any foreign matter inhaled into the lungs could pose hazards, especially in infants. When talc is contained in an ointment, thus eliminating the chance of its particles being inhaled, it is safe and effective, even for babies.

Even today, talc is a key component of many cosmetic products. But it is “neutralized,” in most cases, by the fact that it is part of a compound that prevents it from being released as an airborne particulate.

Talcum powder and ovarian cancer

The central issue in the recent run of talc trials is whether talcum powder and baby powder cause ovarian cancer.

The reason for the purported link between talc and ovarian cancer is that talcum powder and baby powder manufacturers, such as Johnson & Johnson (which dominates the market for these products), have long promoted the products as safe and effective for feminine hygiene. The suits against Johnson & Johnson allege that, because the products have been marketed in this way for so long, many women have used them in this manner for decades. The suits allege that, over such an extended time, particles of talc can enter the vagina, travel through the fallopian tubes, and settle in the ovaries, where they can cause complications that can lead to ovarian cancer.

Suspicions that talcum powder might cause ovarian cancer has led manufacturers of condoms to discontinue its usage as an adhesion-preventative in their products.

According to the American Cancer Society, the evidence that talc can cause ovarian cancer is ambiguous. Some studies suggest that talc does cause cancer, and other studies suggest that it does not.

Lab studies, in which animals such as mice and rats have been exposed to airborne talc, have yielded mixed results. Some lab animals have developed cancerous tumors, and others have not. The tests have not yet been able to determine why the effects of talc have been so varied.

But lab studies are not the only way to test for the potential links between talc and cancer. Useful results may also be found by studying the cancer rates in groups of people who have had different rates of talc exposure. Such studies are less carefully controlled than lab tests, but can still yield compelling results.

In studies that survey the rates of cancer exposure in different groups of people, results have also been varied. Some studies suggest that an increased exposure to talc correlates with an increased rate of ovarian cancer; other suggest no link.

Studies that compare the rates of talc exposure in miners have yielded similarly inconclusive results. In some cases, miners with greater exposure to airborne talc have shown greater risks of lung cancer. In other cases, they have not.

The official position of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is that the use of talcum powder or baby powder on the female genital area is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

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Why would a company lie about its products’ health risks?

One word: profit.
Your health doesn’t matter to Big Pharma. Large pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson are only interested in the bottom line. Numerous court cases and clinical trials suggest that the company was aware of the health risks surrounding the prolonged exposure to talc-based products. But they never mentioned it, because that might have cut into their profits.

Now, due in part to the negligence of Johnson & Johnson, ovarian cancer has claimed the lives of countless women.

Ovarian Cancer

An unfortunate fact - of the approximately 33,000 women who develop ovarian cancer about 66% of them are in advanced stages at the time of diagnosis.

This plays a large part in the amount of deaths related to this type of cancer. More women die from ovarian cancer than any other cancer in the United States.

As with other diseases genetics do play a factor in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com believe that regular and prolonged use by women of talcum powder in the genital region can increase the risk of contracting ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

So what are the symptoms of ovarian cancer? According to the CDC, ovarian cancer may cause one or more of these signs and symptoms:

• Vaginal bleeding or discharge from your vagina that is not normal for you.
• Pain in the pelvic or abdominal area (the area below your stomach and between your hip bones).
• Back pain.
• Bloating, which is when the area below your stomach swells or feels full.
• Feeling full quickly while eating.
• A change in your bathroom habits, such as having to pass urine very badly or very often, constipation, or diarrhea.

The CDC recommends that “you pay attention to your body, and know what is normal for you. If you have vaginal bleeding that is not normal for you, see a doctor right away. Also see a doctor if you have any of the other signs for two weeks or longer and they are not normal for you. These symptoms may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see a doctor. The earlier ovarian cancer is found and treated, the more likely treatment will be effective.

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Talcum Powder & Minorities

Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder was heavily marketed heavily to minorities in the United States. Lawsuits are now mounting claiming that Johnson & Johnson knew of the risks of contracting ovarian cancer from the use of their talc powder product, but insidiously kept that information far from consumers. It is alleged that J&J is liable for the “negligent development, testing, design, manufacturing, licensing, distribution, marketing and sale of Johnson’s Baby Powder” as well as failing to recall Baby Powder.

Mark's Personal Story about Baby Powder Usage and Ovarian Cancer

I"m a 58 year old African American male.  I grew up in southern California - where I spent most of my adolescent years. Johnson’s baby powder was a staple in our home and used by my younger brother, my mother and myself for many years. 

I used talcum powder as my mother (who predominately raised us) instructed us to. She said it would help to keep us cool and “we'd feel fresh” throughout the day. 

In my later years I did not use talcum powder as much but I know my mother did long into her senior years.

On Mother’s day 2012 my mother's torso was scanned and numerous masses were detected - she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 84.  The ovarian cancer over came her and she passed away on September 3, 2012.

Click the video below to hear Mark's story.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using a talcum-based Johnson & Johnson® powder product, such as Johnson's Baby Powder™ or Shower to Shower™ for feminine hygiene, contact us today for your free consultation. Please contact us at 1-844-359-3500 or for a free legal evaluation of your claims today!

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Expert opinions

Some medical experts are unequivocal in their opinions that talc can cause ovarian cancer.

An example of such an expert is Daniel Cramer, M.D., a doctor and medical researcher at Harvard University. Dr. Cramer has repeatedly stated that, since numerous tissue samples from cancer-stricken ovaries have revealed the presence of talc particles, talc particles are likely to play a significant role in causing the disease.

The linkage between talc and ovarian cancer is nothing new. Some 20 years ago, the head of the Cancer Prevention Coalition pleaded with the CEO of Johnson & Johnson to warn women of the risks related to prolonged talcum powder usage. The company refused to do so.

The lawyers at TheLawFirm.com have been trying and studying talcum powder cases for years. After careful examination of mountains of evidence and case files, we believe that the best scientific evidence does in fact suggest that talc causes ovarian cancer. Period.

We further believe that talc should be removed from feminine hygiene products, and that consumers should be warned of the links between talc and cancer.

TheLawFirm.com believe that Johnson & Johnson has no right whatsoever to make irresponsible decisions that stand to destroy the lives of women and their families.

More results and more trials are needed

No “smoking gun” that links talc to cancer has yet been identified, but some studies do suggest a talc-cancer link. It is clear that more studies are required in this area.

However, the purported link between talc and cancer is not the only reason that Johnson & Johnson has been taken to court several times over its talcum powder products. The lawsuits against the company allege that, if the company had even an inkling that the active ingredient in its “safe” products could cause cancer, it had a legal and ethical obligation to inform consumers of that fact. The suits allege that for the company to continue marketing several potentially hazardous products as “safe” and “gentle” is a form of fraud and deceit.

In other words, Johnson & Johnson, in its talc trials, is not on trial solely for medical reasons, but for reasons involving potentially deceitful business practices, and wrongful and/or illegal conduct that enabled them to turn profits in an illegal manner.

For this reason, the series of talc trials is of enormous importance. They stand not only to deliver compensation to those who have suffered, but to change the potentially unethical business practices of a corporation.

If you’re a long-time user of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder or baby powder products, and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may wish to consider filing a lawsuit against the company.

When you do, the experts at TheLawFirm.com are here to help you.

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Talcum Powder Lawsuit & Settlement Delays

One of facts that the injured victim of a bad drug or defective medical device discovers in a lawsuit against giant corporations is that they can take a long, long time. In the experience of the attorneys at TheLawFirm.com, these types of cases often take five to eight years to fully settle. We are constantly being asked for status updates from clients. This is especially true towards the end of the cases. Many times our update is simply that the case is ‘ongoing’. This often leaves our clients frustrated with the process.

We share this frustration. We wish that justice would be swift and certain. However, the multi billion dollar corporations who have created the bad drug or defective medical device are often prepared to spend a good portion of their wealth fighting the victims of their products.

TheLawFirm.com is actively involved in cases involving trans vaginal mesh, metal on metal hips and talcum powder cases. We are happy to say that the mesh cases and the metal on metal hip cases are in active settlement negotiations and we expect them to settle soon.

Talcum powder cases will take much longer. Although Johnson and Johnson has been hit with two large verdicts ($55,000,000 and $72,000,000), they are appealing both verdicts. The outcome of the appeal is, of course, uncertain. It is also entirely possible for the parties to settle short of appeal. As well, there are trials between now and the time when the appeals are heard. In 2016, there are currently trials scheduled for July 6 in Missouri, July 13 in New Jersey, September 19 in St. Louis. In 2017 there are trials set for January 4, 2017 in New Jersey and January 9, 2017 in Washington DC. If these all go the way the last two talc trials have gone, it is possible Johnson and Johnson may change their position.

However, barring a radical change in the approach currently taken by Johnson and Johnson, we expect that Talcum powder cases will take between five and eight years to fully settle. One thing for our clients to remember is that we are very invested in seeing justice done. Besides genuinely caring about our clients, we are working on a contingency basis and fronting all the case costs ourselves.

There are two ways that TheLawFirm.com reduces the time needed to obtain compensation. First, we are very prepared with our cases. This often allows us to participate in the very early rounds of settlement negotiations. Second, we often team up with many of the finest attorneys in the country. These relationships allow us to stay on the cutting edge of this litigation and provide strength in numbers for our clients. Indeed, it is common for the attorneys at TheLawFirm.com to work closely with many other excellent lawyers to settle our client’s claims.

Please don’t allow these delays to deter you from making a claim. If you do that, the corporations win. If you have been injured, or had a loved one die from a bad drug or defective medical device, let TheLawFirm.com help you get justice. We’ll be by your side as long as it takes.

Please contact us at 1(855) 464-0808 or for a free legal evaluation of your claims today!

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Talcum powDer lawsuit updates

September 29, 2017 - Plaintiff refutes Johnson & Johnsons bid for new trial
Eva Echeverria, the plaintiff with ovarian cancer who recently won a landmark $417 million lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over the allegedly carcinogenic nature of the company’s talcum powder products, fired back against J&J after the medical device giant pushed for a new trial.

Johnson & Johnson has claimed that members of the jury that handed down the verdict engaged in “misconduct,” but Echeverria asserted that the company lost the trial because it was guilty of negligent conduct, not because a number of jurors discussed their decision-making process in a way that the company did not find favorable.

Echeverria, whose cancer is terminal and who was unable to appear in court for her own trial, further insisted that Johnson & Johnson received a fair trial, and prevailed on almost every motion during the trial.

Of the award, $70 million went to Echeverria for compensatory damages, and the remaining $347 million was assessed for punitive damages. That sum alone exceeds the total of the damages that Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay in a series of trials in Missouri. The damages were awarded on the grounds that the links between prolonged exposure to talcum powder, when it is used as a feminine hygiene product, causes ovarian cancer.

Echeverria’s case was the first of six Los Angeles talc cases to be heard. The remaining five suits in the complex Multi-District Litigation (MDL) case are slated to being in the coming months. Thousands of other such suits have also been filed against Johnson & Johnson.

If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and have used talcum powder and/or baby powder for feminine hygiene over a period of years, you may be entitled to join a talc lawsuit. The expert attorneys at TheLawFirm.com have been handling talc cases for years, and are ready to help you with your lawsuit. Call today – you pay us nothing unless we win your case for you.

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September 28, 2017 - Judge bars 2 witness from Talc/Mesothelioma trial
A judge in Pennsylvania has excluded from an upcoming trial over the links between the asbestos contained in talc products and mesothelioma two expert witnesses who were to have spoken on the plaintiff’s behalf about the alleged negligence on the part of the defendant, Colgate-Palmolive.

The reason for the experts’ exclusion in the trial, according to the judge, is that their methods in detecting the presence of asbestos in talc deviate from standard procedures.

As a result, plaintiff Sally Brandt, who alleges that her mesothelioma has been caused by the asbestos in Colgate Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder, will be unable to draw on the testimony of geologist Sean Fitzgerald or pathologist Ronald Gordon.

The minerals talc and asbestos are often found in natural proximity to each other in the earth’s crust. Mesothelioma is a rare and nearly always fatal lung cancer that is caused almost exclusively by the inhalation of asbestos.

Fitzgerald and Gordon protested the judge’s decision, asserting that their methods were scientifically sound and logical.

The trial is scheduled to commence in January.

If you have contracted mesothelioma, and you believe that your disease has been caused by the asbestos that is often found in talc products, you may very well have a case. The expert attorneys at TheLawFirm.com have years of experience handling such cases, and we can help you with yours. Call today for a free consultation.

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September 27, 2017 - Talc licensee seeks payment for legal fees
In light of the lawsuits it now faces over the alleged links between talcum powder and cancer, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which purchased the rights for Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based Shower to Shower powder in 2012, is seeking compensation from Johnson & Johnson for the legal fees it has incurred.

A series of recent jury trials – including a blockbuster $417 million verdict in a case in Los Angeles – has found that Johnson & Johnson is responsible for the damages caused by the prolonged use of its talc products, which have been linked to ovarian cancer.

Valeant CEO Joseph Papa recently said, “It is our believe that J&J has obligations to pay for our legal defense and to indemnify Valeant.” The company is currently facing 33 talc lawsuits.

In 2012, Valeant paid more than $150 million for the rights to Shower to Shower and other J&J products. Since 2015, the company’s stock has lost about 95 percent of its value as talc lawsuits and controversies have undercut the value of the company’s holdings.

Johnson & Johnson, which insists that its talc products are safe, has not yet responded to Valeant’s demands.

If you or a loved one has been injured or medically compromised by the prolonged use of talcum powder products, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Contact the attorneys at TheLawFirm.com so we can help you with your case.

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September 21, 2017 - Johnson & Johnson new of talc risk in the 1970's
In an undated memo that was recently unsealed in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over the company’s alleged negligence in allowing potentially hazardous talc products to reach the market, the company trained its employees to reassure customers that carcinogenic asbestos has “never been found” and “never will” be found in Johnson & Johnson talc products.

Yet plaintiffs allege that other unsealed documents suggest the opposite: that J&J has known since at least the 1970s that its talc products could and did contain fibers of asbestos, which is a known cancer agent.

The documents were unsealed as J&J has lost trial after trial over the links between the habitual use of its talc products and ovarian cancer. The company recently lost a landmark $417 million decision in a talc/cancer trial in Los Angeles.

The document, from May 1974, contains notes from an official at Johnson & Johnson’s Windsor, VT, talc min that recommended “the use of citric acid in the depression of chrysolite asbestos” in processing talc from the site. The official referred directly in the memo to the “severe health hazard” posed by talc ores.

Talc and asbestos often naturally occur in proximity to one another in the earth’s crust.

The information about the connections between asbestos and talc – which has been suspected for decades – stands to potentially complicate an already messy legal situation for Johnson & Johnson, as thousands of talc/cancer cases are in line to be heard in numerous courts.

If you use or have used any Johnson & Johnson talcum powder product, and have also been diagnosed with cancer, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. The expert attorneys at TheLawFirm.com are standing by to help you file your case – and the consultation is free.

September 5, 2017 - Blockbuster Talc verdicts
The jury in the year’s most closely watched trial recently delivered a blockbuster verdict, ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay an unprecedented $417 million penalty for its responsibility in causing the terminal ovarian cancer of plaintiff Eva Echeverria.

That sum – nearly half a billion dollars – dwarfs the penalties that Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay in the four earlier talc trials in which juries found against the company. In those four trials, J&J was ordered to pay just over $300 million total; in the recent trial in Los Angeles, $70 million alone was awarded to Echeverria, and the jury ordered the company to pay the remaining $347 million in punitive damages.

These verdicts are extraordinary. One of the world’s biggest makers of medical devices and personal care products is ordered to pay nearly a billion dollars in damages – so far – in suits over products that, for generations, have been the cornerstone of the company’s carefully cultivated reputation as a purveyor of “safe” and “gentle” products.

Effectively, the juries in five of six trials have found that the talc in talcum powder and baby powder can cause cancer.

But juries are not comprised of doctors. They deliver legal opinions, not medical opinions. In the court of medicine, the jury is still out. Does talc cause cancer?

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Update August 29, 2017
On August 21, 2017, a Los Angeles jury handed Johnson & Johnson with its biggest loss yet in the ongoing series of trials about the allegedly carcinogenic talc in its baby powder and talcum powder products.

Update August 29, 2017
Lawyers for Johnson & Johnson, the giant medial products company that is currently embroiled in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) case over the allegedly carcinogenic nature of its talcum powder and baby powder products, have informed the judge overseeing the sprawling case that “historical” samples of the talc used in its products will soon run out if plaintiffs continue to request them for analysis.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON FOUND GUILTY IN TALC CASE, ORDERED TO PAY RECORD $417 MILLION

August 21, 2017
After two days of deliberations, the jury in a closely watched California trial over the allegedly carcinogenic nature of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products has returned with a stunning verdict: the corporation must pay $417 million for its role in causing a woman’s terminal cancer.

PLAINTIFF SURPRISED BY TALC CANCER DIAGNOSIS

August 11, 2017
Eva Echeverria, the lead plaintiff in a closely watched trial concerning the potentially carcinogenic nature of Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing products, testified that, because she had never seen a warning label on Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder or Shower to Shower products, she was surprised to have been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.

JURY IN BABY POWDER TRIAL TOLD THAT WOMAN’S OVARIES CONTAINED TALC

August 7, 2017
John Godleski, who recently retired from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, provided expert testimony on behalf of plaintiff Eva Echeverria to the effect that he found significant amounts of talc in tissue samples from Echeverria’s ovaries.

Update May 8, 2017
After Johnson & Johnson had their first talc-related defense verdict in March, a Missouri state court jury has awarded over $110 million to a woman who proved to them that she developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder-based products on her genitals for decades. This was the fifth trial and is the largest verdict yet.

Jurors awarded 62-year-old Virginia resident Lois Slemp $5.4 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages. Imerys Talc America, J&J’s talc supplier, was also assigned one percent responsibility and hit with a $50,000 portion of the punitive verdict. 

Slemp used products like Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for decades.

Johnson & Johnson said they would immediately begin the process of appealing the verdict. They also said they would continue to defend the safety of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder.

The Plaintiff accused Johnson & Johnson and Imerys of failing to warn consumers about the potential cancer risks from talc-containing products despite being aware for decades of numerous scientific studies suggesting the mineral is a carcinogen. As they have before, the Defense argued that these accusations were based on flawed and outdated science, and that talc is no more dangerous than alcohol or red meat, neither of which carries a cancer warning label. The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com note, by the way, that alcohol does contain the Surgeon General warning that alcohol DO carry a government warning.

Missouri law makes it possible for out-of-state plaintiffs to file claims within the state, and thousands of talc lawsuits from women all over the country have been centralized in St. Louis, making it the largest hub for talc cases in the country.

On May 10, 2017 the Missouri Court of Appeals will hold oral arguments challenging the first talc verdict reached last year in St. Louis, when jurors awarded Jacqueline Fox $72 million.

The result of this appeal will undoubtedly have an impact on the thousands of additional cases remain pending. The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com continue to pursue talcum powder cases.

April 4, 2017
The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com have learned that a large drug store chain has been sued by a woman who used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and Shower to Shower powder. She has named Walgreens as a defendant in her lawsuit charging that the talc in the products gave her ovarian cancer. This case is one of the latest in more than 1,000 talcum powder-related lawsuits that have been filed against Johnson & Johnson.

The lawsuit alleges that Johnson & Johnson and Walgreens worked together to determine how to best sell, promote and market baby powder.

Talcum powder lawsuits continue to be filed. The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com are aware of numerous epidemiologic studies that report an elevated risk for ovarian cancer associated with genital talc use in women. These studies go back to 1983. The attorneys are also aware of evidence that Johnson & Johnson was made aware of the concerns of various groups, such as Cancer Prevention Coalition, urging Johnson & Johnson to warn women of the increased risk of ovarian cancer.

It is being alleged that Johnson & Johnson and Walgreens had a duty to warn women about the hazards associated with the use of talcum powder products.

The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com continue to investigate talcum powder lawsuits. If you, or a loved one, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after regular and prolonged use of talcum powder products in the genital area, call TheLawFirm.com for a free consultation.

March 25, 2017
The Missouri Circuit Court in St. Louis has denied Johnson and Johnson’s post-trial motions, including those that sought a judgment notwithstanding the verdict, a new trial, and a reduction in punitive damages. On October 27, 2016, the jury in this case awarded $70 million verdict to the plaintiff in the third ovarian cancer trial. At trial, the Plaintiff was able to convince the jury that Johnson & Johnson was aware of studies linking talc powder to an increased risk of ovarian cancer for decades but didn’t warn women of the risk. This ruling means this verdict stands. It is the hope of TheLawFirm.com that, despite winning the 4th trial, that Johnson & Johnson begins to seriously address the claims of women that long-term genital application of Johnson & Johnson’s products promotes the development of ovarian cancer.

Women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer following regular and prolonged use of talc-based products for feminine hygiene purposes may be eligible to file their own talcum powder lawsuit. Contact TheLawFirm.com for a free consultation.

March 9, 2017
Even though Johnson and Johnson won the fourth talcum powder lawsuit (after three losses of $72 million, $70 million and $55 million), dozens of talcum powder lawsuits filed on behalf of women who allegedly developed ovarian cancer due to Johnson & Johnson’s talcum based powders are still moving forward. The next talcum powder trial in Missouri, where most talcum powder litigation has happened, is scheduled to begin in April 2017.

Talcum powder cases are also ongoing in Federal court. About 134 cases are ongoing in the District of New Jersey Federal Court. The parties have been discussing various topics, including a protective order, a preservation order and other legal issues. A preservation order is where a plaintiff has to store physical or biological evidence for use in trials.

Johnson & Johnson reported in a recent filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) that it has been named a defendant in at least 3,100 product liability claims. These lawsuits are claims by women that the regular and repeated genital application of Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower talc-based powders contributes to the development of ovarian cancer.

TheLawFirm.com is accepting cases of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer following the long-term use of talc-based products for feminine hygiene purposes. .

March 3, 2017
On March 3, 2017, a Missouri jury returned a complete defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America in the fourth talcum powder trial. This win breaks the string of victories for plaintiffs in the talcum powder litigation.

The jury deliberated for less than a day before finding in favor of Johnson & Johnson. The plaintiff said Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder caused her 2013 ovarian cancer but was unable to convince the jury that her disease was connected to the talcum powder.

March 2, 2017 Talcum Powder Lawsuit Update
If judgments in cases from 2016 are any indication, a group of 62 people, who as of late February were still having their talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson heard in the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri, may finally see justice when a verdict is rendered in late March or early April.

Individuals in the case, which was initially filed in 2014 and is officially known as Swann vs. Johnson & Johnson, allege Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, Baby Magic Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder caused them, or a deceased family member to develop ovarian cancer.

Johnson & Johnson tried to get the case moved, especially after a jury in the 22nd Judicial Court ruled against the company in October 2016 by awarding a California woman who developed ovarian cancer $70.1 million after using the company’s talcum powder products. St. Louis has been a hotbed for these decisions, with the first landmark decision in a talcum powder case in February 2016 also coming from the Gateway to the West. That jury gave an Alabama couple $72 million. The other big St. Louis-based case of 2016 was in May, when a South Dakota woman who used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder for nearly four decades before developing ovarian cancer was awarded $55 million in damages. If you’re doing the math, that’s almost $200 million awarded by St. Louis juries against Johnson & Johnson in 2016 alone.

Plaintiffs in this ongoing case, who are from more than half the states in the country say Johnson & Johnson claim breach of warranty, negligence, failure to warn and in some instances, wrongful death. Punitive damages are sought.

Damning testimony by Dr. Graham Colditz, a Washington University epidemiologist, has put Johnson & Johnson on the ropes in the case, which is expected to run through the middle of March. During cross-examination, company lawyers likened the dangers of talc to that of red meat or coffee saying that everybody anecdotally knows they might be bad for them, but they are not required to carry warnings on them in the supermarket.

“The bottom line is that talc causes ovarian cancer based on the review of all the evidence,” Colditz told the defense.

In late 2016, the Los Angeles Times said Johnson & Johnson is facing over 2,000 lawsuits over the dangers of talcum powder and its potential to cause ovarian cancer.

The powder — made from talc, a mineral that consists of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen — is used to absorb moisture and cut down on friction. Some talc contains asbestos, a substance that has been linked to cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled, according to the American Cancer Society.

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January 19, 2017 Talcum Powder Lawsuit Update

Many cases have been filed in California suing Johnson & Johnson for damages arising out of talcum powder use. A California judge recently declined to set a trial date for a woman who alleges she has only six months to live due to ovarian cancer caused by Johnson & Johnson talcum powder.

The Plaintiff filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that she used talcum powder mined by Imerys Talc America Inc. and sold by Johnson & Johnson. She stated that she used the talcum powder according to instructions yet developed ovarian cancer in 2007.

Her complaint contends that studies dating back as far as 1971 and 1982 revealed there was an association between talc and ovarian cancer. Based on this allegation, as well as other allegations of later public health studies and other information, she alleges that the Imerys and Johnson & Johnson knew, or should have known, they were selling a carcinogenic substance to women.

The Plaintiff’s lawyer urged the Court to make her case a priority and make her the first plaintiff to go to trial. He argued that, as stated in declarations from two doctors submitted to the court, his client likely has only six months to live and that setting a trial date 120 days out would not prejudice the defendants.

Johnson & Johnson opposed the motion, claiming that additional evidence was needed to determine if the accelerated trial request was feasible and justified.

The Judge agreed with Johnson & Johnson. The judge said she needed to know if the Plaintiff’s health would allow her to sit for a deposition, that the pleadings had been settled and that the Court would have time to hold a hearing on the issues of science before the trial.

The judge also noted in the hearing that the parties were likely to face the situation of plaintiffs with declining health again and asked that the parties come up with a procedure to handle this situation going forward.

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January 6, 2017 Talcum Powder Lawsuit Update


People suing Johnson & Johnson for ovarian cancer they claim was used by regular use of talcum powder have won an important victory. The Missouri Court of Appeals has opened its trial courts to 1,350 plaintiffs who are not Missouri residents.

This is important because plaintiffs have recovered three large verdicts in Missouri courts. Plaintiffs who were in New Jersey courts (where Johnson and Johnson is headquartered) had a judge exclude their causation experts. In other words, those plaintiffs never got to present their case to a jury as Johnson and Johnson convinced the Court to dismiss the cases.

The choice of where to file a lawsuit is an important one and this ruling gives TheLawFirm.com another tool to ensure our clients receive a fair trial.


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