A jury in St. Louis, Missouri awarded over $70 million in damages to a woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using baby powder and other talc-containing products manufacturered by Johnson & Johnson for decades. The jury determined that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn the public of studies linking its talc-containing products such as Shower-to-Shower and Johnson’s Baby Powder to ovarian cancer. Internal Johnson & Johnson memos showed the company was aware of studies linking talc powder to an increased risk of ovarian cancer for decades, according to plaintiff’s counsel.
This is the third multi-million dollar jury verdict in a talc ovarian cancer civil case. In May of 2016, a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a survivor in South Dakota. In February, a jury awarded $72 million to relatives of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer. There are now over 2,000 pending state and federal lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, and other talc product manufacturers, according to St. Louis Today.
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The attorneys at Shapiro, Appleton & Duffan have been investigating the disturbing reports and evidence concerning consistent, long-term use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products and ovarian cancer. In fact, our law firm published a special report on the link between talc powder and ovarian cancer (read it here).
The internal Johnson & Johnson memos and studies showing a connection between talc use and ovarian cancer is frustrating, depressing, and eerily similar. Our Virginia personal injury law firm has spent years taking major railroad companies to court because evidence came to light showing that the railroads knew exposure to asbestos fibers could cause deadly cancers like mesothelioma. Did the railroads do anything to warn and protect their workers? No. They let decades go by before taking action. Unfortunately, it looks like Johnson & Johnson has done the same thing with its talcum powder products like Shower-to-Shower and baby powder. Reports indicate that J&J knew about the ovarian cancer risk with its talc products back in the 1980s, yet did nothing. In fact, there is no warning label on talc products today!
The corporate indifference to consumer safety is disgusting and highlights the importance of people coming forward and taking legal action. These corporations need to be held accountable.
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