A St. Louis Circuit Court jury awarded over $70 million in damages to a woman who developed ovarian cancer after using baby powder and other talc-containing products manufacturered by Johnson & Johnson for over 40 years. The $70+ million jury verdict is also the first to find fault with Imerys Talc, a mining company specializing in producing talc.
Why the Jury Found in Favor of the Plaintiff
The jury determined that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn the public of studies linking its talc-containing products such as Shower-to-Shower and Johnson’s Baby Powder to ovarian cancer. Internal Johnson & Johnson memos showed the company was aware of studies linking talc powder to an increased risk of ovarian cancer for decades, according to plaintiff's counsel.
Multiple Juries Awarding Multi-Million Awards to Plaintiff's Against Johnson & Johnson
This is the third jury to award significant damages to plaintiff's alleging their ovarian cancer was caused by long-term talc product use. In May of 2016, a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a survivor in South Dakota. In February, a jury awarded $72 million to relatives of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer. There are now over 2,000 pending state and federal lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, and other talc product manufacturers, according to St. Louis Today.
Talcum powder products contain the mineral talc that can absorb moisture and prevent chafing and rash. It is used in eye shadow, blush and some chewing gums as well as baby powder. Some talc naturally contains asbestos, which is known to cause lung cancer. Asbestos has been removed from household talcum products since the 1970s.
The American Cancer Society even issued a subtle warning about talc products by stating that research into the disturbing connection between talc use and ovarian cancer is ongoing, and "people concerned about using talcum powder may want to avoid or limit their use of consumer products that contain it.”
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Now is the time to speak to an experienced talc powder cancer lawyer with Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan. We are currently investigating and accepting talc powder cancer cases. If you or a loved one is between the age of 30 and 65 and used talc powder for feminine hygiene the past few years, you may be able to pursue financial restitution for your harms and losses.
You do not get an infinite amount of time to file a lawsuit against the talc powder manufacturer. You should seek out legal representation sooner rather than later. Contact our personal injury law firm's office by phone or by filling out the quick contact form on this page. An attorney will respond within hours.
Why You Should Contact Our Talc Cancer Law Firm
- Women for decades have used talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes.
- Numerous medical studies have determined that talcum powder, used for this purpose, increases the risk of ovarian cancer.
- Companies that sold talcum powders knew their product increased the risk of ovarian cancer yet failed to place a warning on their products.
- The lawyers at Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan possess over 80 years of combined legal experience
- The firm is recognized as a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News & World Report (since '10) for personal injury litigation.
- Our team of personal injury and product defect attorneys have experience representing clients in mass tort claims and defective product injury and wrongful death lawsuits.