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Johnson & Johnson Hit Again with Talc Powder Verdict

May 10, 2016 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

Talc PoderJohnson & Johnson suffered their second straight trial loss regarding their talc-containing products and the link to possible ovarian cancer. According to the lawsuit, Gloria Ristesund developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products — J&J’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder — for decades. According to the lawsuit, she had to have a hysterectomy after the ovarian cancer diagnosis and the cancer is currently in remission.

There are still roughly 1,200 lawsuits accusing Johnson & Johnson of failing to warn consumers of the possible dangers of developing cancer after using talc-based products. Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal the two verdicts.

The lawsuits stem from allegations regarding the perineal use of talcum powder for feminine hygienic purposes. Based on their evidence, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) claims talc-based body powder used on the genitals is “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” meaning cancer causing.

For decades, Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing products have been marketed for the purpose of feminine hygiene use. The belief is that if the talc gets into the body, it can cause ovarian cancer. This should be included as a warning on the label of talc-containing products. Unfortunately, these warnings do not exist.

If a manufacturer releases a product while knowing of the potential dangers, they must also properly display the warning. If they fail to do so, it can be considered negligence and the victim may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer.

Our talc cancer lawyers at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. understand the various dangers associated with talcum powder. If you or someone you love developed ovarian or fallopian tube cancer as a result of using talc-containing products, you may have a claim. Call our firm today to discuss your potential claim in a free consultation and learn your rights.

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