Talcum Powder has been around for centuries and has several uses. Most commonly, people use it daily as baby powder. Baby powder is used for keeping the skin dry, preventing rashes, and feminine care by its quick moisture absorption. Johnson and Johnson first introduced baby powder to their line in 1893, and by 1894 it was available to the general public. However, the active component Talc was mined from deposits that were interwoven with asbestos fibers. Although a federal law passed in 1973 required commercial talcum products to be free from all asbestos, there have been links to talc based powders and ovarian cancer.
Johnson and Johnson Linked to Ovarian Cancer
On February 23, 2016, a St. Louis Jury awarded $72 million in damages to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer last October. Jacqueline Fox brought the lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, along with nearly 60 other people, and claimed her more than three decade use of the company’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products for feminine hygiene were the cause of her ovarian cancer. She also said Johnson & Johnson failed to inform consumers about the dangers of talc.
Fox’s attorneys introduced into evidence a September 1997 internal memo from a Johnson & Johnson medical consultant suggesting that “anybody who denies (the) risks” between “hygienic” talc use and ovarian cancer will be publicly perceived in the same light as those who denied a link between smoking cigarettes and cancer: “denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.” In this case, Hogans et. al. v. Johnson & Johnson et. al., Johnson and Johnson was found liable for fraud, negligence and conspiracy by the jurors, after taking only four hours to deliberate. The jury awarded Fox $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages. This is the first U.S. verdict that awarded damages to these claims of ovarian cancer linked to the talcum powder.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits
The most common lawsuits regarding talc based powders have involved asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma. Other companies like Colgate-Palmolive and Whittaker, Clark & Daniels have also been found responsible for mesothelioma injuries. It has been proven in these cases that the source of the talc can come from mines that are contaminated with asbestos and still sold on the market. In 2013, a federal jury in South Dakota found Johnson & Johnson powder products to have played a factor in Deane Berg’s developing ovarian cancer; however, she was awarded no damages. Now more women are speaking out and joining the fight for the right to receive better known information about the products they use, as well as seeking compensation for ovarian cancer as a result of talcum powder. Trials have already been set for later this year in talc lawsuits and about 1,000 cases are pending in Missouri alone.
Legal Representation for Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, or if you have lost a loved one from ovarian cancer, and suspect talcum powder was the cause, you may be entitled to compensation. Our St. Louis Lawyers for talcum powder claims are available for a free consultation. Call 855-552-2337 to speak with The Dixon Injury Firm about your talc based powder lawsuit. There is NO FEE to discuss your case.
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