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Talcum powder linked to ovarian cancer

First California Talc Cancer Trial Against Johnson & Johnson Set for July 2017

Judge Maren Nelson of Los Angeles Superior Court has scheduled an early July trial for the first California injury lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over ovarian cancer allegedly caused by the long-term use of the company’s talcum powder. The trial will be the first in the coordinated proceedings involving over 300 injured women who all claim they developed ovarian cancer as a result of talc use.

Plaintiff Eva Echeverria’s counsel urged the accelerated trial in light of her failing health, the devastating cancer she claims was caused by J&J’s talc products. As noted by Law360, Echeverria and 6 other women filed suit in LA Superior Court in July 2016, alleging that they developed ovarian cancer after years of use of talcum powder mined and sold by Imerys Talc America Inc. and Johnson & Johnson according to its instructions. Last Fall, Ms. Echeverria’s lawsuit “was folded into the complex litigation against the companies, created in June, which seeks recovery for alleged damages the plaintiffs have suffered as a result of developing ovarian cancer, which the women claim was caused by the wrongful conduct of defendants — the ‘unreasonably dangerous and defective nature’ of talcum powder when used in the female genital area.”

Previous verdicts against J&J for similar talc cancer injuries include $55 million awarded by a jury in a Missouri state case in May 2016 and $72 million won by an injured woman in an earlier St. Louis case. While some similar lawsuits have faced proof problems, plaintiff attorneys have argued that J&J’s internal documents indicate that the company knew for years of cancer risks from its talc and baby powder products, but refrained from warning women about any risks. Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah London, who represents talc plaintiffs in lawsuits in California, noted, “the evidence is so profoundly surprising and shocking that until you see the documents yourself, it’s hard to know what you’d do as a juror.”

Litigation continues in California and across the U.S. on these ovarian cancer talc injury cases.

Read the article on Law360.com (subscription).

Video: Important Information for Women Concerned About Talc and Cancer

Lieff Cabraser attorney Tiseme Zegeye just released a video discussing alleged connections between regular use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The video includes information on lawsuits filed by injured women against Johnson & Johnson, as well as guidance on how injured women can contact Ms. Zegeye and other Lieff Cabraser lawyers for help with their potential cases against J&J.

Contact a Talcum Powder Personal Injury Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser

If you, a friend, or a family member are a long-time (6 years or more) user of talcum powder products made by Johnson & Johnson or another talc product manufacturer, and have received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, you have the right to seek fair compensation. Please call us today at 1 800 541-7358 or visit our Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Injuries page to contact Tiseme Zegeye, Sarah London, or another talc injury lawyer at Lieff Cabraser. We will help you gather the information and file the claims needed to seek recompense for any injuries, suffering, or related harm, and we will review your claim for free, confidentially, and with no obligation on your part.