The husband of a California woman who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company in Los Angeles. Soren Threadgill alleges that his wife, Eva Maria Threadgill, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a direct result of using talcum powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson.
According to the lawsuit, Mrs. Threadgill used Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other talcum products sold by Johnson & Johnson for feminine hygiene over a period of about 25 years. Mrs. Threadgill was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1998, and died from the disease in 2012. The lawsuit alleges that Mrs. Threadgill purchased talcum powder products at Rite Aid pharmacies and Gelson’s grocery stores, which were also named as defendants in the case.
The lawsuit alleges that Johnson & Johnson marketed its talcum powder products to consumers without warning them about the potential risk of ovarian cancer they could face. Recent studies have shown that women who use talcum powder for feminine hygiene in the vaginal area face an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Johnson & Johnson has known about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer for decades, the lawsuit alleges, but failed to convey this information to consumers to warn them about the potential risks. As one example, the lawsuit cites a 1994 alert from the Cancer Prevention Coalition that was sent to Johnson & Johnson warning the company that using talcum powder for feminine hygiene could pose “a serious risk of ovarian cancer”. The International Association for the Research of Cancer also warned about the link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder, the lawsuit alleges.
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing about 1,200 talcum powder lawsuits filed in state and federal courts on behalf of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc products. In February 2016, a jury awarded a $72 million verdict to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products for decades. In May, jurors in Missouri awarded a $55 million verdict to a woman who underwent a hysterectomy to treat her ovarian cancer after years of using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum baby powder products.
Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson or other manufacturers may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Individuals may also be able to file a lawsuit on behalf of loved ones who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer that may be linked to the use of talcum powder. The first step in taking legal action 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.