On May 5, 2017 a St. Louis jury awarded a Virginia woman a record-setting $110.5 million in the latest talcum powder lawsuit alleging that using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused cancer.
The jury ruling for 62-year-old Lois Slemp of Wise, Va., comes after three previous St. Louis juries awarded a total of $197 million to plaintiffs who made similar claims about talcum powder. Those cases, including the previous highest award of $72 million, are all under appeal. About 2,000 state and federal lawsuits are in courts nationwide over concerns about health problems caused by prolonged use of talcum powder.
The first baby powder cancer lawsuit was won in a South Dakota federal court in late 2013. Deane Berg, the plaintiff, sued Johnson & Johnson, Luzenac America and its parent company Rio Tinto Materials (talc mining companies) for negligence and failure to warn consumers of the risk of ovarian cancer from talcum powder dusting. Ms. Berg was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, and had used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based hygiene products including Shower to Shower on a daily basis for thirty years. The federal jury found that Ms. Berg’s use of baby powder contributed to her developing ovarian cancer. Three different doctors examined cancerous tissues from Ms. Berg and concluded that the presence of talc had caused her ovarian cancer to develop. The outcome of this trial gives hope to the tens of thousands of other women who have developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder.
Baby powder ovarian cancer lawsuits can be filed by women and the families of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have a history of using talc-based products for genital hygiene. Talcum powder cancer lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the studies linking baby powder to ovarian cancer yet chose not to warn consumers of the heightened risk.
Numerous organizations have issued warnings regarding the risk of ovarian cancer connected with talcum powder use. However, Johnson & Johnson and FDA have never warned American consumers of the increased risk for ovarian cancer. The Arkansas cancer injury attorneys are ready to evaluate your case and help you with your talcum powder lawsuit.
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