In recent weeks, 15 new talcum powder lawsuits have been filed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, and Texas. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using products containing talc that were manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing about 2,000 lawsuits involving women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, baby powder, or body powder products sold by the company. These lawsuits include about 1,200 cases filed in Missouri state court, as well as an additional 600 lawsuits in New Jersey state court.
Multiple studies have shown that the use of talcum powder products in the vaginal area for feminine hygiene can increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer. When products contain talc are used in the vaginal (or peritoneal) area to prevent odor, eliminate moisture, or prevent rashes, talc particles can enter a woman’s body and travel up the Fallopian tubes towards the ovaries. If talc particles become lodged in the ovarian region, they can cause irritation that may eventually lead to the formation of cancerous tumors.
In February 2016, the first damages award in a talcum powder lawsuit was given to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer linked to her use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products. In May 2016, another woman, who underwent a hysterectomy after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer also linked to talc, was awarded $55 million in damages.
Women who used talcum powder products and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or other companies that manufactured consumer products containing talc. In addition to being used in baby powder and body powder, talc is also found in a number of other industrial and commercial products, including makeup and other cosmetic product.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer after using talc, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the company that manufactured these products. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have the experience with product liability litigation to advise you of your legal rights and help you begin the process of filing a lawsuit.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed hundreds of product liability lawsuit on behalf of our clients, including cases involving dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, and hazardous consumer products. Our attorneys have taken on some of the world’s largest corporations on behalf of our clients. Our firm is dedicated to the belief that all consumers should have the right to qualified legal counsel to ensure that their legal rights are fully protected.
For more information about filing a talcum powder lawsuit and for a free legal consultation to find out if you may be eligible to file a case, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by filling out the free case evaluation form located at the top of this page to get started.