Talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits continue to come in from all around the country, and Johnson & Johnson
(J&J) continues to struggle defending itself in court. A recent case
out of Missouri has concluded with a jury awarding a Virginia woman a
grand total of $110 million in total awards. The 62-year old was diagnosed
with ovarian cancer in 2012 and alleged that J&J intentionally misled
consumers about the safety of their talc powder products.
This marks yet another loss in a string of courtroom battles for J&J.
The pharmaceutical giant has also lost several other court cases, each
one resulting in a jury verdict award greater than $50 million. In addition
to individual cases being heard by courts, federal class actions are also
pending against the company.
The Supreme Court Ruling on Bristol Myers Squibb v The Superior Court of
California has already had consequences on future TALC litigation as evidenced
by the declaration of a mistrial by a judge in Missouri (St. Louis) State
Court on a Talcum Powder case against Johnson & Johnson. This new
ruling seems to mean that consumers can only sue companies in their home
state or possibly only in the state where the company is headquartered.
Currently, many of the TALC cases are filed in St. Louis, MO, so this
ruling may impact when and where future TALC trials occur.
Awards in J&J talcum powder cases are not finalized, however. J&J
has filed appeals against each one, forcing higher courts to review the
decisions and slowing down the compensation process for plaintiffs. In
the recent $110 million verdict result, the company has still maintained
that its talcum powder products do not cause ovarian cancer, and that
no scientific links have been established to prove as much.
If you want to know more about the risk of ovarian cancer caused by extended
use of talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product, you can call
(502) 242-8877 and speak with a Louisville product liability attorney from Brett H. Oppenheimer,
PLLC. Free consultations are available.