Breast Implants Caused Cancer, First-Of-Its-Kind Lawsuit Alleges

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Ross Feller Casey has filed a major product liability lawsuit against a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary alleging a popular type of breast implants caused an Ohio woman to develop a form of cancer.

It is believed to be the first lawsuit in the nation against J&J and its subsidiaries relating to breast implants causing anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Renee Cashen, a 45-year-old resident of Ashville, Ohio, had breast implant surgery in February 2008. She noticed a lump under her right armpit about eight years later, and a biopsy determined she had anaplastic large cell lymphoma, according to the lawsuit. She had surgery to remove six infected lymph nodes as well as the MemoryGel® SILTEX® implants, made by Mentor Worldwide. She also required debilitating chemotherapy for a condition that has become known as Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, or BIA-ALCL.

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it had more than 400 reports related to BIA-ALCL, including 9 deaths.

The lawsuit, filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County, alleges among other things that Mentor negligently failed to warn consumers of the health hazards of the implants and did not comply with FDA mandated product-safety studies.

Robert Ross, a founding partner of Ross Feller Casey, is representing Cashen and her husband.

“We expect the number of victims of BIA-ALCL to continue to rise. None of the victims was ever warned of the risks of cancer. To state the obvious, when a woman seeks to have breast implants, she would never expect the implants to cause something as devastating and life altering as cancer,” said Ross.

Ross Feller Casey, among the nation’s preeminent personal injury law firms, is actively investigating other lawsuits on behalf of individuals nationwide.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, you may be entitled to compensation, but your time to file a lawsuit is limited. You should contact one of Ross Feller Casey’s BIA-ALCL lawyers immediately for a free case evaluation.

The lawsuit drew widespread media coverage.

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