In the third case of its kind this year, a jury awarded a California woman $70 million after she had used Johnson & Johnson baby power and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. With this latest verdict, the total owed to plaintiffs in 2016 in the cases against Johnson & Johnson has reached almost $200 million. Many women are concerned now more than ever about the risks of being diagnosed with this rare yet deadly disease as the result of using what they thought was a basic feminine hygiene product.
The 63-year-old woman at the center of this latest trial was diagnosed in 2012, with stage 4 ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson baby powder for over 40 years. In her suit against the company, she accused Johnson & Johnson of “negligent conduct” in regards to how the baby powder was made and how it was marketed to women. The trial may have lasted a month, but it only took the jury three hours to render its decision.
The plaintiff in the case said she is happy with the outcome but it does not make up for what she has endured over the past four years. She hopes that as a result of the verdict that the company, “will step up and take responsibility and post a warning label on their product,” so consumers will be able to make an informed decision while deciding whether or not to use it.
Johnson & Johnson has maintained the position that their product is safe to use and is planning to appeal the three verdicts that have gone against them. The company states it is, “guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s baby powder.” While some studies show there is no link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, others have shown a significant enough connection. The International Agency for Research on Cancer still considers the mineral talc possibly carcinogenic when used in the genital area.
The next trial for Johnson & Johnson is set for early next year in St. Louis, same as the three trials from this year which did not go their way. The company is now facing around 2,000 lawsuits on the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. So far, only two cases in New Jersey have been thrown out as the judge ruled there was not enough reliable evidence to show a link between talc and ovarian cancer.
Litigation over talcum powder and ovarian cancer continues to grow as more women realize there may be a connection between the two. If you or a woman in your life has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer that may be the result of longtime use of talcum powder, you need attorneys who have experience taking on major companies in cases involving product liability. Don’t delay, please call the knowledgeable and skilled lawyers at Finz & Finz, P.C., today.