An Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Walgreens. The lawsuit alleges that Andrea Harris developed ovarian cancer after years of using talcum powder products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson for feminine hygiene. Harris alleges that she purchased the products at Walgreens.
According to her lawsuit, Harris used Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower that she purchased at Walgreens from 1980 until 2006. Harris was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015 and is still undergoing treatment for the disease.
Harris’s lawsuit alleges that Walgreens was involved in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder business beyond merely selling the products in its stores. The lawsuit states that Walgreens maintained a joint office with Johnson & Johnson in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. This office was allegedly used for formulate business plans on how to market Johnson & Johnson products – including talcum powder – to Walgreens customers.
The lawsuit also alleges that more than 20 studies have been published since 1971 concerning the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The lawsuit states that both Johnson & Johnson and Walgreens were aware of evidence linking talc and cancer, but continued to sell and market talcum powder products in spite of these risks.
Harris’s lawsuit is at least the second claim involving Walgreens and the sale of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products that has been filed in the U.S. A lawsuit involving similar allegations against the two companies was filed in 2015 in St. Louis.
In addition to these claims, Johnson & Johnson is currently facing more than 1,000 lawsuits filed by women who developed ovarian cancer or other diseases after using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, or other talcum powder products sold by the company. Juries in Missouri have ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay damages of $72 million, $55 million, and $70 million in three lawsuits filed on behalf of women who were diagnosed with cancer after using the company’s talcum baby powder products.
If you or a loved one used talcum baby powder products made by Johnson & Johnson or other companies and were diagnosed with cancer, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. The first step in taking legal action is to talk with an attorney who can advise you regarding your legal rights and guide you through the process of filing a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson currently represent dozens of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder. Our firm has also filed successfully represented consumers in other product liability claims against manufacturers of defective drugs, dangerous medical devices, and commercial products.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson filed lawsuits against some of the largest corporations in the world. Our attorneys believe that all consumers should have the right to experienced and qualified legal counsel to ensure that their rights are fully protected in a court of law.
For more information about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or other talcum powder manufacturers, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few short questions about your case to get started.