The New York Times reports that as of July 2017, 4,800 women are suing pharmaceutical and consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) over ovarian cancer injuries allegedly caused by long-term use of J&J’s talc baby powder products. According to the paper, unlike many large-scale injury cases, “the plaintiffs [in talc] are not working as a team. They are taking the company to court one at a time.”
Talcum powder has been used by women and girls for decades in what was thought to be a harmless method of absorbing moisture. Now, multiple U.S. jury verdicts in favor of injured women in lawsuits linking regular use of J&J talcum powder to ovarian cancer highlight the potentially fatal risks of long-term talcum powder use. The lawsuits allege the cancer risks were concealed from consumers, a “failure to warn” that has led to cancer-related injuries and deaths from talc exposure as well as multi-million dollar verdicts against J&J.
“The tally of damages from verdicts against Johnson & Johnson is already in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” notes the Times. “And the harm to the company is not just financial: Its reputation could suffer if baby powder, one of its longest-standing products, is seen by the public as unsafe.”
So far, J&J has lost six of seven talc cases, with the first trial taking place in 2013 in Federal District Court in South Dakota.
Currently, 900 of the talc cancer injury cases are being consolidated into collective multidistrict litigation (MDL). Complaints that have been filed in numerous different federal courts will be bundled into one large lawsuit in federal district court in New Jersey, where Johnson & Johnson is based. Plaintiffs seek restitution for their suffering and are asking the company to add warning labels to its baby powder products, and if possible to replace the talc products with ones containing cornstarch rather than talc.
Video: Important Information for Women Concerned About Talc and Cancer
Lieff Cabraser attorney Tiseme Zegeye recently 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 Talc 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, with compassion, confidentially, and with no obligation on your part.