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Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Ovarian Cancer


Johnson & Johnson was hit with yet another verdict, in the most recent lawsuit alleging talcum powder is linked to ovarian cancer. In August of 2017, a Los Angeles jury awarded $417 million in damages to a plaintiff who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after prolonged use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. Evidence in this trial indicated that Johnson & Johnson knew of the ovarian cancer risks of talc powder, going as far back as 1971. This is the fifth verdict against Johnson & Johnson; the company received the only defense verdict in trials thus far in March of 2017.

  • February 2016 verdict for the plaintiff (against Johnson & Johnson) for $72 million in St. Louis, MO
  • May 2016 verdict for the plaintiff for $55 million in St. Louis, MO
  • October 2016 verdict for the plaintiff for $70 million in St. Louis, MO
  • March 2017 verdict for the defense in St. Louis, MO
  • May 2017 verdict for the plaintiff for $110 million in St. Louis, MO
  • August 2017 verdict for the plaintiff for $417 million in Los Angeles, CA

In 1971, scientists found that talc particles that enter a woman’s body through the vagina can cause inflammation in the pelvic area, and this inflammation can increase the risk of developing endometrial cancer. Other scientific studies found that talc can survive in the tissue in the peritoneal cavity for an estimated eight years before dissolving. Talc derives from a mineral called hydrous magnesium silicate. Silicon and magnesium are mined in close proximity to asbestos, which is known to cause Mesothelioma, a serious form of lung cancer.

The FDA has not yet issued a warning against using talc around the pelvic area. However, the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society have stated that talc dusting near the genitals is a “risk factor” for ovarian cancer. Additionally, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified talcum powder as a possible human carcinogen when used on or near the female genital area. Research indicates that many women who have used talcum powder for intimate personal hygiene may have unknowingly been put at risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Contact Our Louisville Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Our firm, Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC, is led by a Louisville personal injury attorney who closely analyzes and pursues product liability cases against pharmaceutical companies. Currently, Brett is exploring potential legal recourse for women who believe that talcum-based products have contributed to their ovarian cancer and ovarian tumors. Our legal team can help you to determine if you may be able to seek legal action for your pain, suffering and losses.

To schedule an initial consultation with a trusted Louisville personal injury lawyer, call us at (502) 242-8877 or email us using the form on this website.

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