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J&J Ordered to Pay $72M in St. Louis Talcum Powder Lawsuit

A St. Louis jury has awarded $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using baby powder.

A St. Louis jury has awarded $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using baby powder and other talc-containing products made by Johnson & Johnson.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, 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.

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?

February 23, 2016 – The St. Louis Circuit Court jury found that J&J failed to warn the public and conspired to hide the truth about the health risks of talc-based feminine hygiene products, awarding the family of Jackie Fox $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages.

According to the lawsuit, Fox used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder for over 35 years, which contributed to her development of ovarian cancer. The 62-year-old died last fall, about 2 ½ years after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her son, Marvin Salter, became the plaintiff after her death.

Slater said his late mother, who was a foster parent, used J&J talcum powder products for decades. “It just became second nature, like brushing your teeth,” he said. “It’s a household name.”

Talc is a naturally occurring mineral made of of magnesium, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen. It is widely used in cosmetics and personal care products to absorb moisture, prevent caking and improve the product’s feel.

It’s important to note that in the past talcum powder contained talc that had asbestos in it, but modern powder does not, according to Eva Chalas, chief of Gynecologic Oncology and Director of Clinical Cancer Services at Winthrop-University Hospital.

“Some cancer may have been from years ago potential contamination with asbestos when they made the talcum powder,” Chalas said.

During the trial, Fox’s lawyers claimed the manufacturer was aware of the potential health risks involved with using talcum powder. A 1997 internal memo from a J&J medical consultant said “anybody who denies” the risk of using hygenic talc and ovarian cancer is “denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary,” according to the Associated Press (AP).

The landmark decision marks the first talcum powder lawsuit to result in monetary compensation for the plaintiff. Fox’s case was part of a broader claim in the city of St. Louis circuit court involving nearly 60 people. J&J is still facing about 1,200 other similar complaints.

Trial Opens in 2nd St. Louis Baby Powder Lawsuit

April 29, 2016 – A second lawsuit alleging that talc contained in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder caused a woman’s ovarian cancer has kicked off in St. Louis, according to Bloomberg. Gloria Ristesund, 62, was diagnosed with the disease in 2011 and underwent a hysterectomy after decades of using J&J Baby Powder and Shower to Shower in her genital area. She claims her cancer was caused by talcum powder in the product, which she says Imerys Talc America supplied and J&J sold, despite knowing of a link between talc and ovarian cancer.

Do I Have a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

The Pharmaceutical 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 investigating potential settlements in St. Louis, Missouri, and all 50 states.

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: To see if you qualify for a talcum powder lawsuit, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement and our lawyers can help.

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