Noble McIntyre on November 7, 2016
It’s been a big week for people engaged in talcum powder cancer lawsuits. In case you’re unfamiliar, Johnson & Johnson, the ubiquitous behemoth manufacturer of personal care products, has been under fire by women who claim that they are suffering from ovarian and other cancers as a result of regular use of baby powder (containing talc) in their genital areas.
Studies indicate that some cancerous tumors in the ovaries contain particles of talc, which has been attributed to women’s use of talcum powder for freshening the genital region, either applied directly or on sanitary napkins, diaphragms or condoms. The talc particles could travel through the vagina, uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovaries and it could raise the likelihood that a woman could develop cancer.
In October, 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded more than $70 million to a woman who claimed that her cancer was caused by her using baby powder over a long period of time. There are currently about 2,000 talc lawsuits pending in state and federal courts. This week’s award is the third major award for these claims; one woman recovered $55 million in May, and another woman recovered $72 million last February.
The basis for the claims was that Johnson & Johnson knew the risks of using baby powder in this way and failed to warn consumers. At trial, lawyers for Johnson & Johnson argued that the studies do not conclusively prove that baby powder can cause ovarian cancer. However, the juries found that there was enough evidence to determine that there was a potential causal relationship between the baby powder use and ovarian cancer, and therefore awarded a significant amount to each of these plaintiffs. The McIntyre Law website has more information about how talcum powder could cause cancer.
If you’re a woman who used talcum (“baby”) powder long-term and who is suffering from ovarian cancer, you might be eligible for a talcum powder cancer lawsuit. The experienced attorneys at McIntyre Law are now handling these cases, and we want to help you. Contact us for a free consultation. You don’t have to suffer alone, and you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other expenses.