talcum powder from Johnson & Johnson

We all use Johnson & Johnson’s products. Almost every American has a product from Johnson & Johnson in their pantry, medicine chest and bathroom. There have been several studies that indicate the clear risk linked between baby powder and ovarian cancer AND one in five American women applies talcum powder to their genitals regularly.

Johnson & Johnson baby powderPhoto Source Mike Mozart

We feel one of the most trusted household brands in the country has, according to some studies, violated the confidence consumers have for their Talcum Powder. Johnson & Johnson has failed to warn the public about risk of ovarian cancer linked with using baby powder. Though the courts have asked them to put warning labels on their products they feel that the risks are minimal and thus it’s unnecessary to alarm consumers.

Class Action Lawsuit

Talcum Powder LawsuitRecently, a class action lawsuit is brought against the massive manufacturing empire Johnson & Johnson in California federal court. The suit is in regards to their continuous production and sale of a baby powder which has been linked to increasing the risk of ovarian cancer when used by women for personal hygiene.

The lawsuit stated“Despite the potential catastrophic health consequences, defendants (Johnson & Johnson) do not tell consumers about the dangers associated with the talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder. Instead, defendants continue to expressly and impliedly represent that the product is safe and intended for women to use the Baby Powder in the very manner most likely to result in an increased risk of ovarian cancer.”

This sounds a lot like negligence, and that is what the jury ultimately found. Despite the studies that indicated the risk, the health care giant Johnson & Johnson is negligent in not alerting consumers of the cancer possibility.

Other Talcum & Baby Powder Products Impacted by the Recent Lawsuit:

  • Johnson’s Baby Powder
  • Shower to Shower absorbent body powder

Medical Studies Show 33% Increased Risk for Contracting Ovarian Cancer:

ovarian cancer victim

This baby powder has been a common household name for many generations not only for changing baby’s diapers but also for women’s personal hygiene. This simple fact leads many consumers to assume the product is safe, however this is unfortunately untrue. Studies have revealed that women who use this baby powder for perianal hygiene are at a 33% increased risk for contracting ovarian cancer. Specifically in a 1992 study published in The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed that regular use of talcum powder increases a woman’s risk of contracting ovarian cancer threefold.

They Assumed They Were Safe – Real Life Examples of Talcum Powder Victims:

Talcum Powder Manufacturer

Deane Berg was one of many consumers who made the assumption this powder was safe. The 56 year old had been using this powder for approximately 30 years. In 2006 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She stated that she would have never used the product had she be adequately warned. Unfortunately the first time that she became aware of the risk she had already been utilizing the product for many decades and had already been diagnosed with cancer. After her diagnoses, three separate doctors analyzed her cancerous tissue and found talc. It was the doctor’s conclusion that the talc came from the powder Deane used regularly for many years. She was the first to file suit against Johnson & Johnson in 2009.

Mona Estrada, a class action plaintiff, said that she was one of the consumers that used this baby powder regularly for 60 years or more. She stated that she made the assumption that the product was harmless given the only warnings listed on the label were to keep the powder out of your eyes, avoid inhaling, and only use externally. She noted that she faithfully used the product for all those ears and had seen the products label change over time, however there was never any indication or reference to the possibility of ovarian cancer. Her stance as one of many consumers is that people deserve to know that there is a risk.

Have You or a Loved One Been Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer After Using Talcum Powder?

Talcum Powder lawyer meeting clients on lawsuit against Talcum Powder ManufacturerThere are as many as 10,000 ovarian cancer cases every year that may have been connected to regular use of talcum powder. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products it is important to get in contact with a qualified Talcum Powder Lawyer and learn what your legal options are. You may have a valid Talcum Powder Lawsuit, and our firm works with experienced and knowledgeable Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Attorneys, who can help you file a lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Please contact us at the Hurtline 1-800-992-6878, or fill out a contact form for a free legal consultation. There are no legal fees until you receive a settlement or reward.

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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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