Ovarian cancer lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson in Alabama and Georgia over talcum powder products

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by Michael Heygood

Two talcum powder lawsuits were filed recently in Georgia and Alabama by women who allege that they were diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result their use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc products for feminine hygiene. The two lawsuits are the latest in hundreds of claims filed against Johnson & Johnson by women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer or uterine cancer after using talcum powder.

Brenda Traylor, who filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2015. In her lawsuit, Traylor alleges that she had used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, for feminine hygiene in the vaginal area before being diagnosed with cancer of the ovaries.

The second lawsuit, filed by Jamie Johnston in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, also alleges a link between J&J’s talcum powder products and an increased risk of ovarian cancer. According to the claim, Johnston had used Shower-to-Shower and Johnson’s Baby Powder for nearly her entire life before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1998. Although the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit had expired, Johnston’s attorneys stated that she should be eligible to file a case against J&J because she had not been aware of the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer until recently.

Concerns about the link between talcum powder products and an increased risk of ovarian cancer have grown recently as a result of several lawsuits filed by women who were diagnosed with this disease after using J&J products. In February 2016, a jury in Missouri awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using talcum products sold by J&J. In May 2016, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $55 million in damages to a woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and underwent a total hysterectomy that was linked to her use of talc products for feminine hygiene.

Johnson & Johnson is currently facing about 1,800 lawsuits involving the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. These lawsuits include about 1,200 cases filed in Missouri state court, as well as another 600 claims filed in New Jersey state court. Johnson & Johnson is also facing lawsuits filed on behalf of women who were diagnosed with uterine cancer after using talc products sold by the company.

Talcum Powder Litigation at Heygood, Orr & Pearson

Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer or uterine cancer after using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for their injuries and expenses. The first step in taking legal action is to discuss your case with a law firm whose attorneys have the experience and knowledge to help handle your claim all the way from start to finish.

The attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have extensive experience at taking on some of the largest corporations in the word in cases involving personal injury, product liability, defective drugs and medical devices, or other commercial litigation areas. Our lawyers have achieved settlements on behalf of our clients in dozens of cases involving Johnson & Johnson. Heygood, Orr & Pearson has also filed hundreds of other claims involving products liability on behalf of our clients.  We currently represent dozens of women who suffered ovarian cancer following long-term use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene.

Our law firm believes that when corporations that manufacture and sell dangerous commercial products, drugs, medical devices, or other goods, they should be held accountable for the injuries and accidents caused by their products in court. The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson believe that every individual should be entitled to experienced legal counsel to ensure that their rights are protected.

For a free legal consultation to learn more about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or other manufacturers of talcum powder products, contact the Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few simple questions about your case to get started.