NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The litigation involving the alleged link between ovarian cancer and Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower talc-based powders continues to move forward in state and federal jurisdictions around the country. Court records indicate that a coordinated proceeding was recently established in California Superior Court, Los Angeles County, for that state's talcum powder docket. The litigation was scheduled to convene a hearing on November 22nd, at which time document production, in extremis depositions, and other matters pertaining to discovery were to be addressed. (Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Cases, No. JCCP4872)
"Our Firm is investigating a number of talcum powder ovarian cancer claims involving Johnson & Johnson. The California litigation is just one of several centralized proceedings we are monitoring for developments that may impact our clients' cases," says Sandy A. Liebhard, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective medical devices, drugs and consumer products. The Firm is offering free legal reviews to victims of ovarian cancer allegedly related to the use of Johnson & Johnson's talc-based powders.
Nationwide Talcum Powder Litigation
Court records indicate that more than 2,000 talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S. Plaintiffs allege that the regular and repeated application of Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower to the female genitals can allow talc particles to enter the vagina and make their way to the ovaries. Over time, this can result in inflammation that may promote the growth of ovarian cancer cells. Plaintiffs further allege that Johnson & Johnson has been aware of studies pointing to such a link for decades, yet neglected to provide any warnings to consumers in order to protect sales of Baby and Shower-to-Shower.
The California talcum powder litigation was established in August 2016. In October, all federally-filed Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits were centralized in a multidistrict litigation that is currently underway in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey. At least 60 cases are now pending in that proceeding. (In Re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation – MDL No.2738)
Johnson & Johnson is also named a defendant in more than 200 similar claims that have been consolidated in New Jersey's Atlantic County Superior Court. (In Re: Talc-Based Powder Products – Case No. 300)
By far the largest talcum powder litigation is underway in Missouri Circuit Court in St Louis, where three cases have already gone to trial. In October, the jury hearing evidence in the state's third trial awarded $70 million in compensatory and punitive damage to an ovarian cancer victim who had used Baby Powder as part of her daily feminine hygiene routine for more than 40 years. Two other Missouri trials concluded earlier this year, resulting in awards of $72 million and $55 million for the plaintiffs involved in those cases. (Case No 1422-CC09012-01)
Bernstein Liebhard LLP continues to offer free, no-obligation legal reviews to individuals interested in filing a talcum powder lawsuit for ovarian cancer. To learn more, please visit the Firm's website, or call 800-511-5092 to arrange for a free, no obligation case review.
About Bernstein Liebhard LLP Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $3.5 billion on behalf of our clients. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is honored to once again be named to The National Law Journal's "Plaintiffs' Hot List," recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country. This year's nomination marks the thirteenth year the firm has been named to this prestigious annual list.
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