Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer
Recently, a $72 million judgment (comprising of $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages) was rendered against Johnson & Johnson for the company's alleged failure to warn consumers of the cancer risks associated with its talcum powder feminine hygiene products. The case was brought by the family of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer which they claim was caused by Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products. The verdict, rendered in St. Louis, represents a major victory for the plaintiffs and others who feel that their cancer was caused by the use of talcum powder.
The personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates have closely followed this case against Johnson & Johnson because it will have significant implications for other lawsuits filed against the company and the makers of similar products. Our firm is dedicated to assisting our clients injured by defective products. We are currently accepting victims or the families of victims who have developed cancer, caused by talcum powder.
Johnson & Johnson's Knowledge of the Risks of Ovarian Cancer and Talcum Powder
During the trial, the plaintiffs presented evidence that Johnson & Johnson knew of the risks associated with its products containing talcum powder for feminine hygienic use, but failed to warn consumers. In fact, an internal memo from 1997 created by a company medical consultant stated that anyone who denies the risks of talcum powder and ovarian cancer is denying the obvious in light of all the facts supporting the contrary.
For years, the medical community was aware that talcum powder was being found in the tissue of women with ovarian cancer. Concerns over the product led many doctors to advise against the use of talcum powder on babies as well as for feminine hygiene.
Despite this evidence and the internal memo, the defense countered that it is hard to directly link ovarian cancer to talcum powder. There are numerous other factors, such as age and genetic predisposition, that impact ovarian cancer rates. Complicating the problem further, talcum powder used to contain asbestos, which might have caused some cancers years ago, but has since been removed.
More Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits to Come
This is the first case against Johnson & Johnson concerning the alleged link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer to result in monetary compensation. There are at least 1,200 other pending lawsuits and it is likely that more individuals will step forward.
If you were diagnosed with cancer after regularly using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products, consult with an attorney as soon as possible. If you have a viable claim, your attorney will assist you in protecting your legal rights and seeking compensation for your injuries.
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