Talcum Powder Lawsuit
The pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson already paid million of dollars to settle several Talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits. Thousands of women did, in fact, use the pleasantly-scented cosmetic powder for their feminine hygiene, but the company did not warn them about the risk of potential cancer.
Several courts across the United States have already held J&J responsible of conspiracy and negligence, and ordered the drugmaker to pay more than $100 million in compensatory and punitive damages. If you or a member of your family developed ovarian cancer after sprinkling Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, Shower-to-Shower or any other talc-based product on genital areas, you may file a litigation and seek a large monetary award. Contact our attorneys now; we will provide you with a free legal consultation with no obligation.
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What is Talcum Powder?
Talc is a hydrated magnesium silicate whose heavily refined powder is often used for cosmetic and industrial purposes. It’s used as a lubricant to manufacture chewing gums and tablets, to improve thermal properties in ceramics, as a whitening agent and in paper, paint, rubber and plastic making. It’s mostly appreciated in the production of several cosmetics since it improves plasticity and gliding properties of many facial makeups, providing them with a unique “soft” feel when touched. In its fibrous powder form, talcum is often added with various fragrances, and it’s used to reduce friction and absorb moisture. It prevents skin rashes by keeping babies’ epidermis dry after diaper change, and removes bad odors when sprinkled under the arms and on feet. It was originally commercialized for the first time in 1894 to soothe the irritations caused by medicated plasters.
What are the risks associated with Talcum Powder use?
Due to its pleasant, silky texture and refreshing sensation, hundreds of thousands of women applied talcum directly on their underwear, sanitary napkins, and genital area. Unbeknownst to them, though, its particles can migrate inside the fallopian tubes until they lodge inside the ovaries, causing a local inflammatory response and suppressing cancer-protective antibodies that may eventually lead to ovarian cancer. Although the association between talc and gynecological cancer has been a matter of controversy in the last few decades, a later, more extensive study performed in 2015 recollected most of the data previously available. Convincing evidence coming from many smaller observational studies indicated that exposure to talcum might increase the risk of malignancies by 30 up to 60 percent, and even the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified this substance as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” (carcinogen group 2B). Other studies found talcum fragments deeply embedded inside the ovaries of patients who developed cancer.
Why our lawyers are filing litigations against Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson is among the biggest and richest cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. This corporation’s products are sold globally with revenues that keep increasing year after year. Most of its advertisement campaigns focused on convincing consumers that Baby products were effective in protecting children from harm, as well as keeping them healthy and clean. However, many women who used talcum for hygienic purposes found, to their dismay, that this substance may have actually caused them a deadly condition. According to the evidence presented in court by the victims that sued J&J, the pharmaceutical giant was well aware of this risk for at least four decades. In 2013, a jury in South Dakota found the company guilty of conspiracy and negligence in warning the public about the alleged risks of talcum exposure. However, Johnson & Johnson still chose not to protect their consumers by simply changing products’ labels to warn them about the dangers. They feared that even adding these few words might harm their huge profits, the only thing the probably cared about.
Two other verdicts found the company fully responsible for this misbehavior and unconscionable conduct. On February 22nd, 2016, a jury in St. Louis ordered J&J to pay $72 million in compensatory and punitive damage to the family of Jacqueline Fox, a 62-year-old woman who died of ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for many years. A few months later, in May 2016, another jury verdict found the corporation liable for Gloria Ristesund’s malignancy. In 2011 the woman received her diagnosis after using talc-based products for most of her life, wrongly thinking they were safe and harmless. During the trial, the court found that Johnson and Johnson knowingly choosing not to disclose all the information that indicated talcum’s dangerousness, and awarded the plaintiff a $55 million compensation.
No monetary reward can ever repay you for all the worry, loss and pain you may have endured after being diagnosed with cancer. However, bringing those responsible for the harm you suffered must be brought to court to make them pay for what they did. Millions of other peoples’ lives can be saved if the world knows about these dangers, and filing a claim against Johnson & Johnson may be the only way to achieve this goal. Also, if your lawsuit is successful, you may receive enough money to pay your past, present and future medical expenses. If you developed ovarian cancer in the last 10 years after regular use of Johnson’s Shower-to-Shower Body Powder, Baby Powder, or any other similar talc-based product for hygienic purposes, you may be eligible to receive compensation by filing a dispute.