Talcum Powder Litigation
The federal talcum powder litigation was established on October 4th by an Order of the U.S. Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation. Thirty-seven cases are already pending in the District of New Jersey, with additional cases awaiting transfer. Any future ovarian cancer claims filed in federal courts against Johnson & Johnson are likely to be transferred there as well.
Johnson & Johnson faces more than 1,800 talcum powder lawsuits in courts around the country. All of the cases put forth similar allegations regarding the potential for the company's Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products to contribute to the development of ovarian cancer when applied to the female genitals over a long period of time. Plaintiffs cite numerous studies dating back to the 1970s that suggest a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, and fault Johnson & Johnson for allegedly failing to provide any warnings to consumers.
Two additional centralized talcum powder litigations are already underway in St. Louis, Missouri and New Jersey Superior Court. In April, a St. Louis jury awarded $55 million in compensatory and punitive damages to an ovarian cancer victim who used Johnson & Johnson's talc-based powders for nearly 40 years as part of her feminine hygiene routine. In February, another Missouri trial ended with an award of $72 million for the family of a woman who died from the disease after using the company's talc products for more than 30 years. The proceeding is currently conducting its third trial. (Case No. 1422-CC09012-01)
Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer following the long-term, regular use of talc-based products for feminine hygiene purposes may be eligible to file their own talcum powder lawsuit. To learn more, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website, or call 800-511-5092 to arrange for a free, no obligation case review.
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