By: Allan M. Siegel
Last week, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri awarded $110.5 million in compensation
to a Virginia woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after long-term
use of talcum powder products marketed by Johnson & Johnson. The jury
award is the largest verdict to date in lawsuits involving Johnson &
Johnson talc-based products that have been associated with increased risks
of ovarian cancer in women.
Court documents from the lawsuit, which was resolved last Thursday, show
that the 62-year-old woman in this case had used several Johnson &
Johnson products containing talcum powder for over four decades. Specifically,
she used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower
Powder. Her lawsuit alleged that the talcum-containing products led to
her ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2012. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy
after the cancer returned and spread to her liver, and was not able to
attend the trial due to her illness.
The lawsuit is one of over 2,000 similar suits filed in state and federal
courts across country, all of which concern health risks associated with
Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products. Here are some additional
facts about these risks and ongoing lawsuits.
- Several studies have found increased risks of ovarian cancer in women who
used talcum powder products for feminine hygiene. This includes one study
published in 1971 that found a 40% increased risk of ovarian cancer associated
with long-term genital talcum powder use.
- Several lawsuits over J & J talcum powder products have been resolved,
including three cases in St. Louis prior to the latest verdict. The previous
highest verdict was an award for $72 million, and all have been appealed
by the pharmaceutical company.
- Johnson & Johnson has announced plans to appeal the $110 jury verdict
on grounds that the victim’s lawsuit lacked scientific evidence
connecting the plaintiff’s disease to use of its talcum products.
It noted two New Jersey cases that had been previously dismissed by a
judge who stated they lacked reliable evidence connecting talc to ovarian cancer.
As one of the softest minerals mined from natural deposits in the U.S.
and abroad, talc is crushed into a fine white powder. Talcum powder has
been widely used in many personal hygiene and cosmetic products throughout
the years for its moisture-absorbing abilities, including products manufactured
by Johnson & Johnson since the 19th century.
Unfortunately, there have been various studies conducted since the 1970s
which have suggested an association between regular talc use on the female
genital area and increased ovarian cancer risks. The International Agency
for Research on Cancer also currently classified talc as a possible carcinogen,
or cancer-causing substance. Despite these connections between talc products
and cancer, victims further allege, Johnson & Johnson did not warn
consumers of potential risks.
As more victims come forward, Johnson & Johnson is standing tall in
the face of thousands of talcum powder cancer lawsuits and, despite several
notable verdicts, shows plans to continue fighting these claims. Because
of this, victims who have been harmed as a result of using J & J talc
products should be intent on working with attorneys who have the experience
and resources to help them fight back against a corporate power that is
poised to aggressively defend against claims and pay victims as little
Our legal team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is currently
accepting cases from women nationwide who have developed ovarian cancer
after regular use of Johnson & Johnson products containing talc, including
the brand’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder. We are also
prepared to represent families who have lost loved ones to ovarian cancer
in wrongful death lawsuits.
Our firm understands the profound impact of a cancer diagnosis, as well
as the difficulties that come with knowing an unsafe product could potentially
be to blame. This is why we are committed to helping victims evaluate
the merits of their potential case and to navigating the civil justice
system as they fight for a full recovery of their damages, including any
medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering associated with illness.
If you have questions about a potential
talcum powder lawsuit, do not hesitate to reach out to our legal team for the proven and compassionate
support you deserve. Our attorneys have nearly a century of combined experience,
and have leveraged this insight to secure hundreds of millions of dollars
in compensation for injured victims. Let us work to make the difference for you.
For a FREE consultation,
contact us today. We are accepting talcum powder cancer cases nationwide.