Johnson & Johnson accused of concealing talcum powder-ovarian cancer link in California lawsuit

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by Michael Heygood

Johnson & Johnson concealed information about the increased cancer risk associated with talcum powder products in order to protect its corporate image, a lawsuit filed against the company in California alleges. The lawsuits – filed by a woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc products – is the first lawsuit involving Johnson & Johnson talcum powder to go to trial in California.

Concerns about talcum powder and cancer have arisen as a result of several studies suggesting a link between the use of talcum powder products and an increased risk of ovarian cancer or uterine cancer. When talcum powder products are used in the vaginal area for feminine hygiene, talc particles can travel up the fallopian tubes and become lodged in the uterus or ovaries, causing irritation to the tissue that can eventually lead to cancer.

The California lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson was filed by Eva Echeverria and six other women who used the company’s talcum powder products. According to the lawsuit, Echeverria used products containing talc that was mined by Imerys Talc America and sold by Johnson & Johnson for many years. In 2007, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Echeverria’s lawyer argued in court that Johnson & Johnson had known for years about the link between its talcum powder products and an increased risk of ovarian cancer. According to studies, internall communications, and other evidence presented at the trial, Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc had known for years about the dangers of talcum powder, but failed to issue a warning about the dangers of these products or remove them from the market in order to protect consumers.

According to one study presented at the trial, about 10% of all ovarian cancer deaths in the U.S. are caused by talcum powder products such as Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower and Johnson’s Baby Powder products. But instead of taking steps to protect women in the decades after learning of these dangers, Echeverria’s attorney argued that instead, Johnson & Johnson lobbied the FDA in order to prevent the agency from issuing a warning about the risks of talcum powder.

In addition to the hundreds of talcum powder lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson in California, the company is also facing claims in New Jersey and Missouri by women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer or other diseases after using the company’s talc products. In February 2016, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer that she contracted after using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other talcum powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson. Since then, the company has been ordered to pay tens of millions of dollars in three additional verdicts against the company in the Missouri talcum powder litigation.

Cancer Caused By Talcum Baby Powder? You May Qualify to File a Lawsuit.

If you or a loved one used Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, or other talcum baby powder products and were diagnosed with ovarian or uterine cancer, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or other companies that manufactured products with talcum powder. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and help you begin the process of filing a lawsuit.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are currently representing more than 150 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder for feminine hygiene. Our attorneys have also filed hundreds of claims on behalf of consumers who were injured by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, and other consumer products.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson has taken on some of the largest corporations in the world on behalf of our clients. Our firm believes that when consumers are injured by negligence – whether by a multinational corporation or a single individual – they should be entitle to have their legal interests represented in a court of law.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson also has the financial resources to handle personal injury and product liability cases from start to finish. In many instances, our firm has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a case in order to take it to trial on behalf of our clients. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we are committed to achieving justice for our clients, whatever the cost.

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson or other pharmaceutical companies, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson to learn more about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation and to speak with an attorney about filing a case, please call us toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or follow the link to our free case evaluation form and answer a few simple questions about your case to get started.