More than 1,000 talcum powder lawsuits filed over trusted baby powder and other products
More than 1,000 women have now filed talcum powder lawsuits in state and federal courts against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for failing to include warnings on its baby powder and other talcum powder products regarding the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
The lawsuits allege J&J knew of research that suggested a link between talcum powder for genital use and ovarian cancer, yet they failed to put a warning on their products that contained the mineral.
“Women who trusted Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other products to help maintain cleanliness for decades are now filing lawsuits after discovering the product was a contributing factor in their cancer diagnoses,” said Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder Jayne Conroy, who oversees the talcum powder cases filed by her firm. “These women deserved to have been warned so they could have made informed choices about their health and safety.”
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Two St. Louis juries have levied multi-million verdicts against J&J for failing to warn women about the increased risk of talcum powder and ovarian cancer on the label of its baby powder product. Additional talcum powder cases are set for trial later this year in the St. Louis Circuit Court.
Research Behind Ovarian Cancer Link
A 2016 study, conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and published in the journal Epidemiology, outlines the link between genital use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. In the study that compared talcum powder use among women with ovarian cancer and women without illness, doctors found that applying the product to genitals, underwear and sanitary napkins increased the risk of developing ovarian cancer by one third.
Profits Over People
“Johnson & Johnson has a track record of putting its profits above the safety of its consumers,” Conroy said.
Investigations conducted by Simmons Hanly Conroy’s pharmaceutical attorneys have regularly found instances where the pharmaceutical giant put profits above the safety of its consumers. In March, Conroy participated in a trial against J&J in Texas regarding the safety of its DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant. In that case against J&J, the jury awarded a $502 million verdict to five clients who suffered metal poisoning and underwent significant revision surgeries after having the metal-on-metal hip implant.
“The deeper story for the Pinnacle hip implant was the company had policies in place that allowed the manipulation of science to sell the product,” Conroy said. “Now with the recent research coming out about the increased risk of talcum powder and ovarian cancer it certainly makes you wonder how those same policies affected Johnson & Johnson’s other products like baby powder.”
Find Out Your Legal Rights
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and used baby powder or other products containing talcum powder, you may have the right to file a talcum powder lawsuit. Fill out the form or call 1-877-318-0580 to get a free legal consultation.