Last year, Missouri courts ruled against Johnson & Johnson in verdicts of $55 million, $70 million and $72 million due to their talcum powder-based products causing ovarian cancer in women. However, last Friday, a Missouri state court ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson, marking their first victory in this series of talcum powder lawsuits. Talcum powder has been scientifically proven to be associated with increased risks of ovarian cancer, and if you have developed ovarian cancer after talcum powder usage, do not hesitate to contact a talcum powder lawyer who may file a talcum powder lawsuit on your behalf.
How is Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer?
Talc, a mineral composed of magnesium and silicon, is the key component in talcum powder. Talcum powder is commonly used as a means to keep skin dry and prevent rashes, often times in the genital area. Recent studies have revealed that it is possible for talc particles to travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes, eventually getting caught in the ovaries. Talc particles lodged in the ovaries can lead to irritation, swelling, and increased risk of ovarian cancer. Science is not conclusive on this topic as there are conflicting studies that rebut any connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. However, the results of the Missouri state court cases on this topic have found otherwise.
Although there are still over 2,500 similar pending lawsuits in St. Louis courts, Johnson & Johnson maintains there is no association between genital talcum powder usage and ovarian cancer. They claim these unfortunate instances where women have developed ovarian cancer are a mere coincidence, with no connection to the cosmetic application of talcum powder based products. Based on the three big verdicts, Missouri courts have issued against Johnson & Johnson, one would assume that those with similar injuries would be entitled to similar verdicts. This recent verdict in favor of Johnson & Johnson has flipped that assumption on its head. It will be extremely interesting to see how the courts rule in the thousands of cases to come.
Contact a Talcum Powder Lawyer
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, you may have a valid talcum powder lawsuit. You could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm works with experienced and knowledgeable talcum powder lawyers, who charge no legal fees unless you receive a settlement or award. Contact us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) legal evaluation.