Johnson & Johnson is facing a class action lawsuit in Canada alleging that the company’s talcum powder products may cause ovarian cancer in women who used them for feminine hygiene. The Canadian talcum powder class action lawsuit comes just months after juries in the U.S. awarded multi-million dollar verdicts in a pair of lawsuits filed on behalf of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talcum baby powder products.
The Canadian class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson was filed on behalf of women and their family members from Ontario and Quebec, as well as the estate of a 66 year old Montreal woman who died from ovarian cancer earlier this year. The lawsuit alleges that Johnson & Johnson knew about the link between its talcum powder products—including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower—and ovarian cancer, but failed to properly alert consumers about the dangesr they may face from using talcum powder for feminine hygiene.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the Canadian talcum powder class action against Johnson & Johnson say that the company could have prevented numerous ovarian cancer deaths by warning talcum powder users about the potential health risks they face from using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other talcum powder products for feminine hygiene. Documents uncovered during lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson filed in the U.S. have shown that the company was aware of the link between talcum baby powder and ovarian cancer for years.
According to one study, women who use talcum powder for feminine hygiene are 40% more likely to develop ovarian cancer. Other studies have placed the risk of ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder products even higher.
Earlier in 2016, juries in the U.S. awarded verdicts of $72 million and $55 million in a pair of lawsuits filed on behalf of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson for feminine hygiene. Johnson & Johnson is currently facing about 1,800 lawsuits over the link between talcum baby powder and ovarian cancer. These lawsuits include cases involving women who were forced to undergo a hysterectomy after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, as well as women who died as a result of the disease.
Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum baby powder products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson or other companies may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Family members whose loved ones who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products may also qualify to take legal action on behalf of their loved ones. The first step in filing a case is to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have the knowledge and experience in product liability cases to handle your lawsuit from start to finish.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed numerous product liability lawsuits on behalf of our clients, including cases involving defective drugs, dangerous medical devices, and other commercial products. We are currently representing dozens of women who have contracted ovarian cancer following long-term exposure to talcum baby powder.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower body powder, or other talcum powder products, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for more information about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation and to speak with an attorney about your rights, please call us toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or follow the link to our free case evaluation form and answer a few simple questions about your case to get started.