Johnson & Johnson has been ordered by a St. Louis jury to pay $55 million to a woman who claims she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower body powder for more than 35 years.
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What’s the Problem?
May 3, 2016 - The verdict is the second straight loss for J&J, which is facing some 1,200 additional complaints accusing it of failing to adequately warn consumers of the cancer risks associated with its talc-containing hygiene products. Following a 3 week trial, jurors deliberated for about a day before returning a verdict in favor of the plaintiff, Gloria Ristesund.
According to the lawsuit, Ristesund used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder on her genitals for decades. As a result, she developed ovarian cancer and had to undergo a hysterectomy and related surgeries, according to the complaint.
The verdict comes less than 3 months after the same St. Louis jury awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after years of using Johnson & Johnson talc-based feminine hygiene products.
Plaintiffs in the talcum powder litigation, which is concentrated in Missouri and New Jersey state courts, have accused J&J of failing to warn that talc has been associated with an increased risk for ovarian cancer. The company has said that it acted properly in developing and marketing the products. It plans to appeal the recent verdicts.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) says it is unclear whether talcum powder products increase the risk of cancer. However, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), classifies talc as "possibly carcinogenic to humans."
Because talc-containing products are classified as cosmetics, they do not have to undergo review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, they must be properly labeled and "they must be safe for use by consumers under labeled or customary conditions of use," according to the FDA.
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The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in talcum powder lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cancer cases in St. Louis, Missouri, and all 50 states.
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