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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.

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For most of us, talcum powder is a household product as ubiquitous as a toothbrush or coffee pot. And why wouldn’t we believe it to be anything more than a hygiene tool? Many people use baby powder from the day they are born, and continue to do so for the rest of their lives. For some, however, talcum powder is the source of illness, cancer and even death. But you’d never know it, given the labeling – or lack thereof – from companies like Johnson & Johnson.

Yet study after study has found the same results: talcum powder, when used on the female genitalia, can cause ovarian cancer. In spite of these findings, companies refused to include warnings of the risks on their talcum powder products.

Now, more than 1,000 other women have filed lawsuits.

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

An article from the New York Times dated August 12, 1982 reveals that Johnson & Johnson knew of the potential link between talc and cancer for more than 30 years. The article centers on a study published in the medical journal Cancer the same month and year.  The study found that women who used talcum powder on their genitals were three times more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who did not.

Johnson & Johnson’s response? They called the study inconclusive, but promised to conduct “appropriate new studies” themselves. 30 years later, however, the company is in more hot water than ever battling hundreds of women who claim the talc has harmful to their health. The jury in the most recent lawsuit awarded the family of the victim $72 million for their loss – and in punitive damages for Johnson & Johnson.

Countless more studies were done after this one. Such studies confirmed what many scientists had already learned: that there is indeed a connection between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. Still, not once in the 30 years following this New York Times article did Johnson & Johnson print any kind of warning on labels of their baby powder.

Digging through the archives and finding this article just goes to show how long Johnson & Johnson had to correct the error of their ways. Yet in 2016, there is still no warning about using baby powder on genitals. One has to wonder: what will it take for J&J to add this warning? As the lawsuits continue to pile up, the company will need to make some big decisions about how it labels their product.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby 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

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

A jury has voted to penalize Johnson and Johnson for failing to warn talcum powder users of the link between the product and ovarian cancer. The company must pay $10 million in compensatory damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using J&J’s baby powder for many years. The company must also pay $62 million in a punishment award, since jurors believed J&J knew of the risks the product presented but chose to hide them from customers instead of warn them.

For years, talcum powder was marketed as a feminine hygiene product, with one advertising campaign touting “just a sprinkle a day keeps odor away.” In 1999, the American Cancer Society warned women to avoid talc based products for genital use and instead recommended using cornstarch based products. In spite of this news, J&J chose not to update their product’s labels with warnings. Many women continued to use talcum powder, unaware of any potential for danger.

This decision is a huge win for the family of the victim, as well as the 1,200 other plaintiffs currently battling J&J, Shower-to-Shower, and other manufacturers.

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 CONSULTATION 877-544-5323

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