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Talcum Powder Litigation Update

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Talcum Powder Litigation Update
08.01.2016 News

Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder might be one of the most recognizable products in the United States today, but decades of mounting evidence have shown the talc in baby powder can cause ovarian cancer. With more than 20 epidemiological studies confirming the link between the talc in baby powder and ovarian cancer, thousands of women are trying to hold Johnson & Johnson (J&J) responsible.

For decades, J&J has promoted baby powder for the use of preventing foul vaginal odors and reducing chaffing between the legs. Internal documents from the company dating from 1992 indicate J&J knew about the link between talc and ovarian cancer, but actively sought to overcome growing distrust of the product with new marketing campaigns.

In 2013, the first talcum powder lawsuit went to trial claiming J&J failed to warn consumers of the risks of using baby powder with talc. The plaintiff, Deane Berg, developed ovarian cancer after more than 30 years of talcum powder use around her groin. Ms. Berg was offered a settlement on the condition that she sign a non-disclosure agreement. Ms. Berg refused to be silenced, and she took her case to trial where a jury found J&J guilty of gross negligence. Ms. Berg paved the way for future talcum powder lawsuits.

The second lawsuit to go to trial concluded this past February when a jury found J&J guilty of failing to warn consumers of the risks associated with talcum powder. The plaintiff, Jackie Fox, developed ovarian cancer after using J&J’s baby powder with talc for decades for feminine hygiene. While Ms. Fox lost her battle with cancer before seeing J&J held responsible, her family was awarded $72 million in damages.

This past May, the third talcum powder lawsuit also found J&J guilty of failure to warn. The plaintiff was a Missouri woman who developed ovarian cancer from talcum powder use. The plaintiff was awarded $55 million in damages.

J&J maintains it will continue to defend the safety of talcum powder in upcoming trials. Thousands of lawsuits are currently pending against the company, including more than 1,200 lawsuits in multidistrict litigation in Missouri. The next talcum powder lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial this September.

Blizzard & Nabers: Talcum Powder Attorneys

Companies like Johnson & Johnson are experienced at fighting lawsuits and have virtually unlimited resources with which to fight them, but the attorneys at Blizzard & Nabers have been successfully battling them for over 25 years. Representing victims across the country, Blizzard & Nabers has helped thousands of individuals recover financial damages after being hurt by dangerous and defective consumer products. 

If you used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and/or Shower-to-Shower Powder and developed ovarian cancer, you may have a legal claim for financial compensation. The attorneys at Blizzard & Nabers work on a contingency fee basis, so you owe us nothing unless we help you recover compensation. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

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