Talc is made up mostly of magnesium, silicon and oxygen, which, when ground into a powder form, can absorb moisture. For decades, talcum powder has been widely used to help keep skin dry and to prevent irritation and rashes. But when used on or near the genitals, particles can travel into the ovaries and remain there for years, causing inflammation and leading to the growth of cancer cells.
The known link between J&J’s products containing talcum powder and ovarian cancer is not new. It dates back to the early 1970s when studies of ovarian cancer patients showed particles of talc in their ovarian tissue.
In fact, a study by a Harvard doctor estimates that talc in hygiene products may be a contributing factor in the development of ovarian cancer in as many as 10,000 women each year.
Despite the scientific evidence, talcum powder continued to be used by Johnson & Johnson, unregulated and without any warning from the manufacturer.
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing more than 2,000 lawsuits alleging its products have led to ovarian cancer.
Since 2016, five separate juries – four in Missouri and one in California – have weighed in clearly and strongly on the matter.
The latest verdict also was the largest. In August 2017, a Los Angeles jury awarded a 63-year-old California woman $417 million after finding that she developed ovarian cancer as a result of using J&J Baby Powder since the 1950s.
In February 2016, a jury in Missouri ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of a 62-year-old Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer allegedly caused by years of using the company’s talc-based products. A jury in May 2016 ordered J&J to pay $55 million to a 62-year-old South Dakota woman who alleged she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s powders on her genital area for decades. In October 2016, a jury awarded $70 million to a woman who suffers from Stage 4 ovarian cancer and had had her spleen, ovaries, uterus and parts of her stomach and colon removed. A jury in May 2017 awarded $110 million to Lois Slemp, 62, or Virginia. Her cancer, originally diagnosed in 2012, has returned and spread to her liver.
On behalf of its individual clients, Ross Feller Casey has recovered a remarkable $600 million in the last three years alone, including landmark and record-setting settlements and verdicts in all types of personal injury lawsuits.
Ross Feller Casey has something rare among personal injury law firms – a team of leading physicians right on staff to handle the most complex of medical cases.
They have decades of experience and have trained and practiced at the world’s finest medical institutions – Harvard, Yale, CHOP, Boston Children’s, Penn, Columbia, Cambridge.
Are you wondering: How do I find a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawyer near me?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer at any stage, used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower to Shower on genital areas or on sanitary napkins or diaphragms for an extended time, you should contact one of our experienced talcum powder lawyers for a free case evaluation.
Ross Feller Casey handles all its cases, including talc lawsuits, on a contingency basis so you will not be charged until a financial recovery is made in your case.