Talcum powder lawsuits may very well be the largest mass tort effecting woman to date. It will easily match or surpass the horrors of the vaginal mesh and the multitudes of the Dow Corning Breast Implant class action or years ago. Talcum powder has been around for centuries and woman have used it to dry off every single day of their lives. They never knew that each dusting brought them closer to a ovarian cancer diagnosis.
Here Are The Talcum Powder Lawsuit FactsTwo Talcum powder lawsuit trials in St. Louis, Missouri resulted in multi-million dollar jury verdicts against giant Johnson & Johnson. The jury found that Johnson & Johnson was aware that its Baby Powder and Shower To Shower has been linked to ovarian cancer for years. . They failed to warn of the dangers of Talc bases products used for personal hygiene. The two products involved in the two trials were Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower.
$127 Million in Jury Verdicts Against Johnson & JohnsonThe first trial resulted in a $72 million jury verdict in favor of an Alabama woman who died of ovarian cancer at age 62. She used the products for more than thirty five years for feminine hygiene. The second trial resulted in a $55 million jury verdict in favor of a 62 year old South Dakota woman who developed ovarian cancer.
What is Talc Used In Talcum Powder?Talc is a mineral mined from the earth that is made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, Talc absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping dry.
Talc and Ovarian CancerAs far back as 1971 studies have linked the long-term use of talc-based products for feminine hygiene to ovarian cancer. During the two recent St. Louis trials details of a number of these studies were presented to the jury, along with several internal Johnson & Johnson documents that demonstrated Johnson & Johnson’s knew of the talc and ovarian cancer link and never warned of the potential dangers. It was established that by at least 1982, Johnson & Johnson was aware of a 1971 study linking talc and ovarian cancer were related.
Talc Particles Become Embedded In Tissue Causing CancerThe 1971 study reported that talc particles were found deeply embedded within the biopsied ovarian cancer tissues . In both of the recent St. Louis trials, talc was also found deeply embedded in the ovarian tissues. In a letter it was stated “several investigators have independently reported talc particles in ovarian tissue.” This same consultant further noted “a ‘real’ statistically significant association [between talc and ovarian cancer] has been established independently by several investigators.”
They Lied To All Of Us By Withholding Important InformationIn a September 1997 letter from a Johnson & Johnson consultant to the company’s toxicology department manager confirms information was withheld. The consultant refuted Johnson & Johnson’s claim that the talc in its talcum powder was so harmless that exposure to it at levels thousands of times higher than lifetime consumer exposure presented no significant risk, calling this claim “outright false.”
Talc-Based Products Pushed To Black And Hispanic WomenIn 1992, Johnson & Johnson determined that it needed to address declining sales of its Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products. To increase the sales of Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, Johnson & Johnson began to focus marketing of these products to Black women and Hispanic women. They never warned consumers of the dangerous link between the long-term use of talc-based products and ovarian cancer.
The Mining Company KnewThe talc supplier did not sell to consumers, but sold only to companies like Johnson & Johnson. In mining the talc, the supplier’s employees wore protected gear and marked the mined talc for shipping with hazardous warning labels. Upon receipt of the mined talc, Johnson & Johnson removed the hazardous warning labels and women like you were left vulnerable to danger.
Are You Going To Let Them Get Away With It?Johnson & Johnson is well aware of its responsibility to provide warnings on its products for uses that might cause harm to you. J & J does warn against inhaling the powder or getting it in one’s eyes. Johnson & Johnson still does not warn of the danger and link to ovarian cancer id used to “dry off.” Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products are dangerous and they knew it. Johnson & Johnson continues to insist that its talc-based Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products are safe for long-term genital use and have no risk of ovarian cancer.
They Ignore The Facts and Deny The Potential RiskJohnson & Johnson has not recalled its talc-based Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower products from store shelves or added a warning label on the containers. If you or a loved one has gotten ovarian cancer ffom daily use of Talcum Powder on private areas we need to speak to you.
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