Johnson’s Baby Powder ovarian cancer class action lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson

by Jim Orr

Johnson & Johnson is facing a class action lawsuit filed in California that alleges that Johnson’s Baby Powder and other baby powder products manufactured by the company can lead to a significantly increased risk of ovarian cancer. According to the lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson has known for more than 30 years that its talcum baby powder products were linked to a higher risk of ovarian cancer, but failed to warn its millions of customers about this risk.

The California class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson comes just one year after a jury found the company was negligent in the case of a woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006. Jurors ruled that Johnson & Johnson knew about the linked between talcum products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

The product labels for Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder products warn users to keep the powder away from the eyes, avoid inhalation, and to only use it externally, such as on the skin. What these labels fail to tell consumers, however, is that talcum powders such as Johnson’s Baby Powder may increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.

According to a 1982 study, women who use talcum powder on their genital area had an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. When contacted by a doctor at Johnson & Johnson, the author of the study told the company that it should add a warning label about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer to the labels of its products. However, no such warning label was added.

Further studies confirmed the link between products containing talcum powder and an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Studies have found that women who use talcum powder on their genitals were 33% more likely to develop ovarian cancer.

A 2008 study cited by the American Cancer Society found that the use of talcum products was a likely cause of increased cancer risk. According to the recent class action lawsuit, the ACS compared the use of talcum powder products to other known cancer risks, including asbestos, hormone replacement therapy, and radiation.

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Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson are all Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law — Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

** Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson were selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication, for the years 2003 through 2014.

by Jim Orr

Jim Orr is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P focusing on business and personal injury litigation. Jim was selected multiple times to the Super Lawyers List and has tried 70+ cases to verdict.