A lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson has been filed in New Mexico on behalf of 17 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using the company’s talcum baby powder products for feminine hygiene. The lawsuit, filed by 15 women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer and the estates of two women who died from the disease, is the latest in hundreds of lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson over the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
According to the lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson specifically marketed its talcum powder products—including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower—for feminine hygiene in the vaginal area. Numerous studies have shown that using talcum powder in the vaginal area can increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer, the lawsuit alleges.
Attorneys representing the 17 women who filed the lawsuit say that Johnson & Johnson specifically marketed its talcum powder products to African American, Hispanic, and obese women. These women are already at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, the attorneys say. This increased disposition to developing ovarian cancer, combined with the danger of developing the disease posed by the use of talcum baby powder, makes African American, Hispanic, and obese women who use talc especially vulnerable to a cancer diagnosis.
In addition to Johnson & Johnson, the New Mexico talcum powder lawsuit was also filed against Ethicon Endo, a division of Johnson & Johnson located in Albuquerque, and Imerys Talc America, which supplied Johnson & Johnson with talc mined in China for use in its baby powder products. Attorneys representing the 17 women in their lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson say that they expect more women to join the case against the pharmaceutical giant.
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing about 1,800 lawsuits filed on behalf of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer linked to their use of talcum powder products for feminine hygiene. In February 2016, a Missouri jury awarded a $72 million verdict to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other Johnson & Johnson talcum baby powder products for feminine hygiene. The verdict was the first ever damages award for a talcum powder lawsuit. In May, another jury awarded a second consecutive verdict, totaling $55 million in economic and punitive damages, to a woman who underwent a hysterectomy after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer linked to her use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products.
Ovarian Cancer Caused By Talcum Baby Powder? You May Qualify to File a Lawsuit.
If you or a loved one used Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower body powder, or other talcum baby powder products, and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or other corporations involved in the sale of talcum powder. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with a law firm whose attorneys have the knowledge and years of experience with product liability litigation to successfully handle your case all the way through the litigation process.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are currently representing dozens of women who have contracted ovarian cancer following long-term exposure to talcum baby powder products used for feminine hygiene. Our attorneys have filed numerous product liability lawsuits on behalf of our clients, including cases involving defective drugs, dangerous medical devices, and other commercial products.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson has taken on some of the largest drug companies in the world to ensure that our clients achieve a fair result for the injuries they have suffered as a result of the wrongful actions of these corporations. Our firm is dedicated to the belief that all consumers should have the right to experienced and qualified legal counsel to ensure that their interests are represented and that their rights are fully protected.
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.