Jury Links Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder To Ovarian Cancer

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Baby powder and bottleJohnson & Johnson Baby Powder has been linked to ovarian cancer. Furthermore, the company’s internal memos suggest they were aware of these risks, but gave no notice or warnings to consumers.[1]

A second civil lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson resulted in a $55 million award to a 62-year-old woman who said her ovarian cancer was the result of talcum in the baby powder. Talc was discovered in her ovarian tissues, and her cancer is in remission. [1] Previously, Johnson & Johnson faced a $72 million award after a woman lost her life.[2] Sixty-two year old Jacqueline Fox passed away last Fall after losing her two-year battle with ovarian cancer.[3] Reportedly, Fox used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and other hygiene products containing talcum powder for more than 35 years.[4] Her family claims the talcum powder directly caused Fox’s ovarian cancer that ultimately killed her.[5] Her pathologist discovered that her ovaries were inflamed from talc, and then her cancer developed.[6]

An additional 1,200 women are also suing Johnson & Johnson for the company’s failure to warn consumers about the dangers of talc.[7]

Baby Powder and Products Containing Talc

Talc, also known as talcum powder, is a naturally occurring mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen. It is a common ingredient in baby powder and other products that are used for feminine hygiene.[8] Some years ago, doctors began seeing talcum powder incorporated in tissue of women with ovarian cancer.[9] This led many doctors to advise parents to stop using talcum powder on babies, and for feminine hygiene.[10]

Contact Allen & Allen For A Free Evaluation

Allen & Allen is investigating claims on behalf of individuals who suffered injuries caused by talcum powder. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, contact the attorneys of Allen & Allen for a free consultation at 1-866-388-1307.

About The Author: Jason Konvicka is a partner and trial attorney with Allen & Allen in Richmond, Virginia. During his 20+ year career, he has achieved numerous record-setting jury verdicts and substantial settlements on behalf of his clients. His practice focuses on medical malpractice, bus accidents and product liability personal injury cases. Outside of the courtroom, Jason is involved with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and currently serves on its Board of Governors as Vice President.

[1] http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jury-orders-johnson-and-johnson-to-pay-cancer-survivor-55-million/

[2] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/02/24/johnson-johnson-ordered-to-pay-72m-in-suit-linking-talcum-powder-to-ovarian-cancer/.

[3] Id.

[4] Id.

[5] Id.

[6] Id.

[7] Id.

[8] Historically, talcum powder contained asbestos, which was linked to cancer in multiple studies. Modern talcum powder however, does not contain asbestos. See https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/02/24/johnson-johnson-ordered-to-pay-72m-in-suit-linking-talcum-powder-to-ovarian-cancer/; http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2016/02/24/johnson-johnson-lawsuit-baby-powder-talcum-ovarian-cancer-link/80845030/.

[9] According to a phone interview with the chief of Gynecologic Oncology and Director of Clinical Cancer Services at Winthrop-University Hospital, Eva Chalas. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2016/02/24/johnson-johnson-lawsuit-baby-powder-talcum-ovarian-cancer-link/80845030/.

[10] Id.

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