Ovarian Cancer Victim’s Family Prevails in J&J Talcum Powder Jury Verdict
Justice for thousands of women who developed ovarian cancer from using talcum powder might finally arrive in the near future. In the first state court case to go to trial against Johnson & Johnson (J&J), a jury in St. Louis decided that J&J should pay $72 million to the family of a woman who developed ovarian cancer and later died as a result of using its talcum powder products.
Did J&J Know About Talc Dangers?
Talc was used for decades in many beauty products, however, in 1999 the American Cancer Society advised women not to use talc-based products in their genital areas, and instead to use cornstarch-based products. J&J has in fact offered cornstarch baby powder since the 1970s, but the medical industry giant continues to produce and promote dangerous talc-based baby powder products without listing appropriate safety warnings on the packaging.
While J&J has tried to deny the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer for years, one of its own internal documents from 1997 showed that a paid consultant warned the company about studies linking talc to an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. The company ignored the report.
The First Talc Cancer Trial And Its 2013 Decision
A federal jury in North Dakota found that a woman’s use of J&J’s talc-based baby powder contributed to her development of ovarian cancer. While this ruling was monumental in holding J&J responsible, unfortunately no damages were awarded in the case.
What This Means for Victims
With over 1,200 lawsuits pending against J&J for its use of talc in its products, women across the country will soon have their day in court with the healthcare product giant. The victim in the state case, Jackie Fox, lost her battle with ovarian cancer before she could see J&J held responsible for their negligence, but her legacy will live on in the legal precedent her case sets for others harmed by the company.
Blizzard and Nabers: Talcum Powder Attorneys
Standing up to Johnson & Johnson may seem intimidating, but the attorneys at Blizzard & Nabers, LLP have done it successfully before and will do it again. Our trial lawyers will help you fight for the compensation you deserve. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using a J&J Baby Powder or Shower to Shower Body Powder, please contact us online or call to speak with an attorney today.