Talcum Powder Lawsuits Allege Women Developed Ovarian Cancer After Prolonged Use of Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder and Baby Powder Products.
The growing number of talcum powder lawsuits filed in federal courts alleging a link between long-term talcum powder use and ovarian cancer has prompted a federal judicial panel to consolidate the complaints. The U.S. Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued an order on October 4th to transfer 11 talcum powder cancer lawsuits to the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey. The wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits contend Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn that its Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower can cause ovarian cancer in women who routinely use the talcum powder products for feminine hygiene purposes. (In Re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Marketing, Sales Practices & Products Liability Litigation – Talcum Powder Lawsuits MDL No. 2738)
“Now that the talcum powder cancer lawsuits are consolidated in one court, the claims will move forward in coordinated pretrial proceedings,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, founder of Southern Med Law and an advocate for women’s health.
The attorneys at Southern Med Law continue to speak with women and their families from across the country regarding talcum powder cancer lawsuits. The firm urges women who believe they developed ovarian cancer due to using Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower or Baby Powder to contact one of the firm’s attorneys to discuss their legal rights and for a free talcum powder cancer lawsuit review. You can visit www.southernmedlaw.com and fill out a contact form or call 1-205-547-5525 today.
In creating the new multidistrict litigation (MDL), the JPML found the lawsuits have common questions of fact related to the cancer risk posed by talcum powders and whether Johnson & Johnson knew or should have known about the alleged risks. According to the JPML, centralizing the pending cases and talcum powder lawsuits filed in the future will prevent duplicative discovery and inconsistent pretrial rulings from other courts, among other things. The panel appointed U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to preside over the MDL. (In Re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Marketing, Sales Practices & Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2738)
Talc is a soft mineral known for its absorbency and ability to protect skin, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to the talcum powder lawsuits, use of talcum-based powders for feminine hygiene over a long term causes talc particles to migrate to the ovaries from the vagina. The complaints allege Johnson & Johnson knew about the ovarian cancer risk but preferred to protect sales of its products instead of warning women about the risk.
Court documents indicate that Johnson & Johnson is facing more than 1,800 talcum powder cancer lawsuits in federal and state courts nationwide. Most claims are filed in St. Louis, Missouri where Johnson & Johnson has lost two talcum powder lawsuit trials. In February, a jury ordered the company to pay $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder for 30 years (Talcum Powder Lawsuit Case No. 1422-CC09012-01). In May, a second Missouri jury awarded $55 million to a South Dakota woman who used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder for more than 35 years and was diagnosed with stage I ovarian cancer in 2011. (Case No. 1422-CC09012-02, Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, Missouri)
About Southern Med Law And Filing A Talcum Powder 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. Dr. Blaudeau and his legal staff at Southern Med Law are an experienced group of attorneys who possess a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions, especially those surrounding talcum powder and ovarian cancer. They are not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice. Southern Med Law represents clients from around the country and has successfully taken on such companies as Intuitive and Mirena. Southern Med Law is committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal representation that assures success.
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