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Johnson’s Baby Powder Lawsuit Filed in West Virginia

The daughter of a West Virginia woman who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
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C.L. Mike Schmidt Published by C.L. Mike Schmidt

A wrongful death lawsuit has been lodged by the daughter of a woman from West Virginia who passed away from ovarian cancer, which was linked to her long-term use of Johnson’s Baby Powder, against the company that produces the product.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you got cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower-to-Shower or other talcum powder product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

November 28, 2016 – According to the lawsuit, Ann Christine “Chris” Underwood died on March 21 at the age of 66, after using Johnson’s Baby Powder regularly for nearly a half-century for feminine hygiene purposes.

The complaint was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg, West Virginia, by Amy Darnold, Underwood’s daughter. In addition to Johnson & Johnson, the complaint names talc mining company Imerys Talc America Inc. (formerly known as Luzenac America Inc.) as defendants.

The suit alleges that J&J continued to manufacture and sell baby powder that contained talc, and Imerys continued to mine and market talc for Johnson’s Baby Powder, even after decades of research and numerous studies which indicated serious health risks to humans, including ovarian cancer.

J&J has recently suffered three costly losses in the talcum powder litigation. Last month, a St. Louis jury awarded $70 million to Deborah Giannecchini, who developed stage IV ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder on her genitals for decades. In February, the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer was awarded $72 million, and in May, another plaintiff prevailed against Johnson & Johnson, obtaining a $55 million award.

In July, a motion was filed to transfer all federal talcum powder cancer lawsuits to the Southern District of Illinois for pretrial handling as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL). Centralized litigations are also currently underway in St. Louis and New Jersey Superior Court.

There are currently more than 1,200 talcum powder lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson in courts across the U.S. Plaintiffs allege that when regularly applied to the genital areas, the company’s talcum powder products increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Allegations also include that talc particles may travel into the vagina, becoming trapped in the ovaries. The buildup of talc may cause a form of inflammation that encourages cancerous cells to develop, according to the lawsuits.

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Do I have a Johnson’s Baby Powder Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in baby powder lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new ovarian cancer cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got cancer from talcum powder, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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