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How much do you trust the companies behind your favorite health products? Would you trust them with your life?

That’s the question on many baby powder users minds following a third verdict against Johnson & Johnson. The company insists their talc-based products are safe, yet three juries have now awarded ovarian cancer patients who say they used talcum powder for years before being diagnosed.

In this newest case, the California woman had used talcum powder on her genitals for 45 years. She blamed her ovarian cancer diagnosis on the talc, and accused he pharmaceutical giant of negligence for not properly warning consumers of the risks associated with their product. A St. Louis jury agreed and awarded her $70 million.

Johnson and Johnson plan to appeal this decision, along with two other similar decisions made earlier this year. Combined, the lawsuits have resulted in nearly $200 million in losses for the company.

Of course, the money gained in settlements like this can never make up for the deteriorating health of the victims. Anyone who has ever struggled through a cancer battle will tell you that no amount of money can make the fight worth it.

The plaintiff in this most recent courtroom battle says she was still using talcum powder even after her initial ovarian cancer diagnosis. She had no family history and wasn’t considered to be especially high risk. It wasn’t until she saw a commercial on TV warning women of the potential link between ovarian cancer and talc that she made the connection.

Because Johnson & Johnson still insist their product is safe, many of their customers have no idea the risk they might be taking on by using talcum powder each day. If you know someone who incorporates the product into their daily routine, make them aware of the allegations against Johnson & Johnson – it could save their life.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby powder use on the genitals and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.

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Talcum Powder Cancer LawsuitsA cancer patient who used Johnson & Johnson baby powder for years has fought – and won – her case against the company. The pharmaceutical company was ordered by a judge to pay $55 million to their former customer because of the dangerous talcum used in their product. The plaintiff used their baby powder for 35 years – until she was diagnosed with cancer in 2011.

Unfortunately, that story is all too familiar. Women from all walks of life grew up believing baby powder was a hygienic option for feminine care. But scientists have found that there may indeed be a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. For decades, the scientific community has urged people to use cornstarch based powders because of the danger associated with talc. Even babies can be at risk with talc – they can aspirate the fine particles and have trouble breathing.

Even with these warnings from the scientific community, Johnson & Johnson maintains that their product is safe. They have refused to change the labels on their products to include a warning about the potential hazards associated with talc. And though the company has lost several important lawsuits pertaining to the matter, they still insist that talc is a safe option.

Because baby powder is considered a cosmetic product and not a medical one, the labeling does not undergo scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration. Without the government mandating safety warnings on cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson aren’t likely to change their labels anytime soon. But with this latest victory, we can hope the executives will change their stance.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby powder use on the genitals and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.

FREE CONSULTATIONS 877-544-5323

Talcum Powder Cancer LawsuitsJohnson & Johnson must pay $55 million to a woman who said the company’s talcum powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. A federal jury awarded the plaintiff $5 million in compensatory as well as $50 million in punitive damages.

The verdict marks the second straight courtroom loss for the pharmaceutical giant. Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay another $72 million to the family of a victim who succumbed to ovarian cancer after using their talcum powder. The company plans to appeal both rulings.

There are another 1,200 lawsuits accusing Johnson & Johnson of failing to warn their customers of the potential dangers associated with talc.

The company stands by its product, claiming 30+ years of research shows talcum powder is safe. While the American Cancer Society claims its not clear that there’s a connection between talcum powder and cancer, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organization) lists the substance as a possible carcinogen.

Unlike most health-related products, talcum powder is considered to be cosmetic, and therefore is not under the review of the Food and Drug Administration. Proper labels, however, are required of all substances that are potentially harmful to users.

Whether or not health organizations and researchers agree about the safety of talcum powder is not for Johnson & Johnson to decide. They owe it to their customers to be honest about the potential hazards associated with the product. A simple addition to their labels cautioning users of the risks of using talc on female genitalia could save countless lives.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby powder use on the genitals and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.

FREE CONSULTATIONS 877-544-5323

 

Johnson & Johnson is a name most people recognize. After all, the company is responsible for products we use daily. From band aids to mouthwash, we’ve probably all purchased items from Johnson & Johnson at some point or another. The products are so ubiquitous, we don’t give much thought about them one way or the other. We trust the company – as well as the FDA – to protect consumer health and safety. Unfortunately, as evidenced by recent lawsuits, this trust may have been misplaced.

Johnson & Johnson has followed study after study with the same findings: talcum powder, when used for feminine hygiene, may cause ovarian cancer. This research goes back nearly forty years, yet the company never once added any kind of warning to the labels on their baby powder. In fact, J&J advocated for the use of the product for feminine hygiene with the campaign slogan “a sprinkle a day keeps odor away.”

The company recently sought out the dismissal of one lawsuit against them, filed by the family of an ovarian cancer victim. Fortunately, the judge denied the request, arguing that jurors would find plenty of reason for J&J to hide the risks associated with talc. The jurors ultimately found the company at fault, and awarded the plaintiff’s family more than $70 million in compensation.

Johnson & Johnson had many, many decades to right their wrongs. Only time – and the 1,200 and growing talcum powder lawsuits – will tell if they will ever fix their labels.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.

FREE CONSULTATIONS 877-544-5323

At some point in your life, whether you realized it or not, you’ve probably used talc. You might have powdered your infant’s bottom after a diaper change with baby powder or applied concealer when doing your makeup. The cosmetics industry has encouraged women for decades to use talcum powder after showering. Unfortunately, many people don’t know of the risks associated with using talc in that manner. And why would they? Johnson and Johnson refuses to label their powders with warnings that the product could cause ovarian cancer. Recent lawsuits may eventually change that, but for now, millions of consumers are using a dangerous product with no knowledge of the risks. The reality is that most of us know very little about talc.

Talc is the softest mineral on the planet. It’s found in the ground and is often interlaced with asbestos, another potentially deadly mineral. When inhaled, asbestos can scar the lungs and cause fatal diseases. Both substances can be found in paint, crayons, cosmetics and other household products. The Food and Drug Administration requires that only the purest grade talc is used in food and cosmetic products, and manufacturers stand by claims that their products are safe.

Experts say, however, the test used to determine the grade of talc used in products is outdated and often inaccurate. And these tests are also often not utilized in products manufactured in places like China and Pakistan. Without rigorous testing, it’s easy for talc and asbestos to slip into commonly used products. Lotion, olive oils, chewing gum and paper all use talc during the manufacturing process.

Talcum Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

Talcum powder use around the vaginal area has been linked to ovarian cancer. Some studies suggest women who use talc-based baby or body powders in this area are significantly more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not. If you’ve used these talc-based powders and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, contact us to discuss your situation 877-544-5323.

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