Johnson & Johnson is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed on behalf of a woman who allegedly died from ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based hygiene products.
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What’s the Problem?
June 27, 2016 – Hundreds of lawsuits alleging J&J failed to warn about the risk of ovarian cancer with talcum powder continue to move forward in courts across the U.S. However, the drugmaker is seeking to have one such case thrown out of court.
According to a Motion filed last month in the California Superior Court for Los Angeles County, J&J is seeking the dismissal of a complaint (Case No. BC 617311) filed by the husband of a woman who died from ovarian cancer in 2012. The company argues that the suit lacks personal jurisdiction, and that plaintiff failed to establish that the decedent was a resident of California, ever purchased or used its talc-containing products in the state, or developed or was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in California.
In other news, J&J on May 20 removed a multi-party talcum powder lawsuit (Case No. 16-007330) involving 80 individual plaintiffs to federal court, and filed a motion seeking to dismiss the 77 non-Missouri plaintiffs named in the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction.
For years, millions of women have used talcum powder products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for feminine hygiene. However, numerous studies dating back to the early 1970s have found that regular application of these products on and around the genitals may contribute to the development of ovarian cancer.
A study published last December in the journal Epidemiology indicated that women who regularly used talcum powder on their genitals, underwear, sanitary napkins and tampons had a 33% increased risk of ovarian cancer compared to women who did not use the products. Researchers compared 2,041 women with ovarian cancer and 2,100 women who did not have the disease, all of whom were questioned about their talcum powder use.
J&J is currently a defendant in over 1,200 talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits pending in courthouses across the U.S. Last month, a St. Louis jury awarded $55 million to an ovarian cancer victim who used Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for nearly 40 years for feminine hygiene (Case No. 1422-CC09012-01).
In February, another jury in the same St. Louis court awarded $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. Prior to her diagnosis, the woman used the same Johnson & Johnson talc products for over 30 years (Case No. 1422-CC09012-01).
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 accepting new cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.