A mining company involved in harvesting talc is being targeted by plaintiffs who claim talcum powder caused them to develop ovarian cancer.
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September 7, 2016 - Since the first talcum powder lawsuit was filed against Johnson & Johnson in 2009, the number of complaints entered against the healthcare giant has grown to more than 1,200. In May, J&J was ordered to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for decades. The company was also defeated in February, and forced to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who died from the disease. Now, a lawsuit has been filed against a multinational talc mining company by a group of plaintiffs who claim the mineral caused their ovarian cancer.
Until 2011, Luzenac America was a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Minerals, one of the largest mining companies on the planet. The Luzenac Group continues to be the world’s largest talc producer, operating talc mines throughout North America as well as in Europe, Asia and Australia.
Rio Tinto has been under fire for years over the environmental damage linked to its mining operations, including allegations of contributing to global climate change. The company has also faced charges over human rights violations and labor abuses.
Both Rio Tinto and Luzenac are now being sued for allegedly supplying J&J the talc that led to the development of plaintiffs’ ovarian cancer. All 3 companies “failed to inform its customers and end users of its products of a known catastrophic health hazard associated with the use of its products,” according to the complaint.
In July, a motion was filed to consolidate all federal talcum powder lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for pretrial handling. The motion listed the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois as the most appropriate venue, as it “would permit convenient travel for the parties and counsel as compared to the east or west coast.”
The complaints allege that J&J ignored studies which found a link between its talcum powder products and ovarian cancer, and failed to warn about this risk. At least 11 such complaints have been filed in 10 federal jurisdictions. Centralized litigations are currently underway in St. Louis, MO., and New Jersey Superior Court.
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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 injury and death cases in all 50 states.
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