Southern Med Law Attorneys Will Be Watch Talcum Powder Lawsuit Trial Where Woman Asserts Talc-based Body Powders Used For Feminine Hygiene Purposes Caused Ovarian Cancer
Johnson & Johnson is set to defend its talcum powder products – and itself – in a second talcum powder lawsuit trial scheduled to begin today in St. Louis. The company is facing more than 1,300 lawsuits that contend it failed to warn consumers that long-term use of its talcum powder products for feminine hygiene purposes can cause ovarian cancer. (Talcum Powder Lawsuit Case No. 1422-CC09012-01, Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, Missouri) (In Re: Talc-Based Talcum Powder Products – Case No. 300, Atlantic County Superior Court, New Jersey)
The second trial comes two months after a St. Louis Circuit Court jury rendered a landmark $72 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in another talcum powder lawsuit. The case involved a 62-year-old Alabama woman who developed ovarian cancer after using the Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder and baby powder products for over 30 years. The woman died in October 2015 and her family filed an ovarian cancer lawsuit against the company. This was the first time a jury awarded damages against Johnson & Johnson in a talcum powder lawsuit trial. During the trial, Johnson & Johnson’s internal documents were introduced that showed the company knew of studies associating routine use of talcum powder with ovarian cancer but continued to market the products, according to a report in Bloomberg. The second trial involves a 62-year-old woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in August 2011 after having used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products routinely for 40 years. (Case No. 1422-CC09012-01, Case No. 1422-CC09012, 22nd Judicial District (St. Louis), Missouri)
“This will be a closely watched trial because of the first case in which jurors found Johnson & Johnson failed to warn about the dangers of its talc-based products,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, co-founder of Southern Med Law, who is both an attorney and practicing obstetrician/gynecologist.
Southern Med Law continues to investigate talcum powder and ovarian cancer claims and urges women who believe they developed cancer due to using Shower to Shower or Baby Powder products to contact one of the firm’s attorneys to discuss their legal rights. You can visit www.southernmedlaw.com and fill out a contact form or call 1-205-547-5525 today.
Talc is a soft mineral consisting of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. The mineral is the subject of controversy with Johnson & Johnson contending that its talcum powder products are safe while some studies have found talc products unsafe. Epidemiological studies show the odds of a woman in the United States developing ovarian cancer are 1 in 70, while talcum powder use is associated with the odds of 1 in 53 women developing ovarian cancer, according to the Bloomberg report.[bloomberg.com/features/2016-baby-powder-cancer-lawsuits/, Bloomberg, March 31, 2016]
Court documents indicate more than 1,000 talcum powder lawsuits are pending in the St. Louis Circuit Court while 135 talcum powder lawsuits are filed in a mass tort program in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. The first federal talcum powder lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson went to trial in 2013 in South Dakota. While the jury found the company negligent, the panel did not award damages. The plaintiff, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, said she refused the company’s $1.3 million out-of-court settlement because she did not want to sign a confidentiality agreement, according to a report in Bloomberg.
[bloomberg.com/features/2016-baby-powder-cancer-lawsuits/, Bloomberg News]
About Southern Med Law and Filing A Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit
Southern Med Law is led by Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist that is determined to stop the large manufacturers of personal health products and medical devices from injuring more women. The legal staff at Southern Med Law is an experienced group of attorneys who possess a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in all manner of product liability and personal injury claims. They are not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.
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