A third lawsuit alleging that a woman’s use of talcum powder caused cancer is being prepared for trial in St. Louis, Missouri.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one got cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Johnson & Johnson and our lawyers can help.
Update: Report Finds J&J Knew About Asbestos in Baby Powder
January 7, 2019 – A new investigative report by Reuters has found that Johnson & Johnson was aware as far back as the 1950s that its Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower had asbestos, and in particular tremolite, 1 of 6 asbestos-containing minerals.
“The Environmental Protection Agency; the Department of Health and Human Services have identified asbestos as a carcinogen, which makes it a chemical that causes cancer in the body, and has been associated with different types of cancer: mesothelioma, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and other gynecological cancers are, in some way, the main ones involved,” said Emily Barrett, associate professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Rutgers Institute of Occupational Health and Environment Sciences.
What’s the Problem?
October 3, 2016 – According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff Deborah Giannecchini was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 after years of using Johnson’s Baby Powder. The complaint accuses Johnson & Johnson of “negligent conduct” in manufacturing and marketing the products.
Studies investigating the link between use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene and cancer have concluded with mixed results. However, some 2,000 women have filed lawsuits alleging the link is real, and lawyers are reviewing thousands of other potential cases, most generated by ads touting the 2 large verdicts.
A motion was filed in July with a panel of judges to consolidate all federal talcum powder lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, as the venue “would permit convenient travel for the parties and counsel as compared to the east or west coast.” To date, at least 11 such complaints have been filed in 10 federal jurisdictions, and centralized litigations are currently underway in St. Louis, MO., and New Jersey Superior Court.
If Giannecchini’s lawsuit is successful and J&J loses a third straight multi-million dollar judgement in St. Louis, it could put more pressure on the company to begin settlement negotiations.
Judge Upholds Record $4.7 Billion Talcum Powder Cancer Verdict
December 27, 2018 – Johnson & Johnson’s attempt to have a landmark $4.7 billion verdict overturned has been shot down by a judge in St. Louis Circuit Court, who sided with a group of female plaintiffs claiming the company’s Baby Powder contributed to their development of ovarian cancer. In his written ruling, St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison cited evidence of what he called “particularly reprehensible conduct” by J&J, writing that “defendants knew of the presence of asbestos in products that they knowingly targeted for sale to mothers and babies, knew of the damage their products caused, and misrepresented the safety of these products for decades.”
Giannecchini Awarded $70M in Baby Powder Lawsuit
November 1, 2016 – A St. Louis jury has awarded $70 million in damages to Deborah Giannecchini, who developed stage IV ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder on her genitals for decades. The award marks the third costly defeat in a row for J&J in lawsuits alleging cancer from its talc-based hygiene products.
Do I have a Talcum 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 talcum powder lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by a talc product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.