On Monday, May 2nd, 2016 a US jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million to a woman who claims that the company’s talc based products, which she used for feminine hygiene, caused her to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict was the second large award that Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay this year. In February the same court awarded $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after years of using the talc products for feminine hygiene. J & J plans to appeal both verdicts.
Gloria Ristesund, the plaintiff in the latest suit, had to undergo a hysterectomy and related surgeries after using Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, well known J&J products. The jurors in Missouri state court deliberated for about one day following the three week long trial. J&J spokesperson Carol Goodrich said that the verdict contradicted 30 years of research which supported the safety of cosmetic talc. J&J will appeal and continue to defend the products safety, she said.
The earlier verdict has sparked renewed interest by attorneys and consumers, but scientists are saying that the evidence of a real danger is inconclusive, according to Reuters. There are approximately 1200 cases pending by women accusing J&J of failing to adequately warn customers about its talc based products cancer risks. Jere Beasley, whose firm represents Ristesund, said that his client was gratified with the verdict. The jury’s decision should compel J&J into settling the remaining cases, he said.
The talc litigation, alleging the failure to warn consumers, is concentrated in Missouri and New Jersey Courts. There was only one other case to be tried regarding the connection between ovarian cancer and talc products which resulted in a mixed verdict. Jurors in a South Dakota federal court decided in 2013 that J&J was negligent, but awarded no damages to the plaintiff whose ovarian cancer was in remission at the time.
Johnson & Johnson first marketed talc as Baby Powder in 1893. In 1982 or earlier, it is alleged that J&J was made aware of the risks of ovarian cancer. Rather than warning the public, J&J moved forward with producing a talc product called Shower to Shower which was marketed directly to women for use in feminine hygiene. The product has been used by millions of women and is still being sold today. Some studies have shown that talc applied to the perineal area can travel through the vagina to the uterus and fallopian tubes. Tumors removed from women who had ovarian cancer have revealed quantities of talc imbedded within. .
Any woman who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and used any Johnson and Johnson talc products, such as Baby Powder or Shower to Shower, should contact a dangerous drug attorney immediately. There could be significant compensation available for medical bills, pain and suffering as well as punitive damages.
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Dolman Law Group is seeking women who used the talc products over a period of time and developed ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one has suffered and you believe talc products are the cause, reach out to Dolman Law today and speak with an experienced dangerous drug attorney. There is no charge for an evaluation of your case. Do not hesitate as the time allowed for you to file is limited. You do not want the time for filing to run out. Call Dolman Law at (727) 853-6275 today.
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