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Talcum Powder Lawyers Win For Ovarian Cancer Victim

J&J  Has Been Ordered to Pay $417 Million

(Reuters) – A California jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products like Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury’s verdict in favor of California resident Eva Echeverria was the largest yet in lawsuits alleging J&J failed to adequately warn consumers about the cancer risks of its talc-based products.
“We are grateful for the jury’s verdict on this matter and that Eva Echeverria was able to have her day in court,” Mark Robinson, her lawyer, said in a statement.
The verdict included $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages. It was a major setback for J&J, which faces 4,800 similar claims nationally and has been hit with over $300 million in verdicts by juries in Missouri.
“We will appeal today’s verdict because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder,” J&J said.
Echeverria’s lawsuit was the first out of hundreds of California talc cases to go to trial.
The 63-year-old claimed she developed terminal ovarian cancer after decades of using J&J’s products. Her lawyers argued J&J encouraged women to use its products despite knowing of studies linking ovarian cancer to genital talc use.
J&J’s lawyers countered that studies and federal agencies have not found that talc products are carcinogenic.
The trial follows five prior ones in Missouri state court, where many lawsuits are pending.
J&J lost four of those trials and, along with a talc supplier, has been hit with $307 million in verdicts. Before Monday, the largest verdict was for $110 million.
The Missouri cases, which have largely been brought by out-of-state plaintiffs, have faced jurisdictional questions after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in June that limited where personal injury lawsuits can be filed.
In a decision in a case involving Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, the Supreme Court said state courts cannot hear claims against companies that are not based in the state when the alleged injuries did not occur there.
The ruling prompted a St. Louis judge, at New Jersey-based J&J’s urging, to declare a mistrial in the talc case already underway.
The judge has nonetheless left the door open for the plaintiffs to argue they still have jurisdiction based on a Missouri-based bottler J&J used to package its products.
The case is Echeverria et al v. Johnson & Johnson, Los Angeles Superior Court, No. BC628228.
(Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Paul Simao)

If you or a loved one used  Johnson and Johnson Talcum Powder  products for over five years on or near the genital area and now have a diagnosis of ovarian cancer or fallopian tube cancer contact The Talcum Powder Lawyer Helpline today.

Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits Continue

Johnson and Johnson Facing Potentially  1000’s Of Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

Johnson and Johnson won a  fourth talcum powder lawsuit but, had  three judgements of $72 million, $70 million and $55 million. Our lawyers have filed dozens of talcum powder lawsuits  on behalf of women who claim they got  ovarian cancer from Johnson & Johnson’s talcum based powders. A fifth talcum baby powder lawsuit was heard in the 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 10th. The jury heard the case of Lois Slemp, who alleges that she developed ovarian cancer as a result of long term use of talc powder found in feminine hygiene products made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

A California state court judge will convene a 5-day “Sargon” hearing, California’s equivalent of a Daubert proceeding, to determine the admissibility of expert witness testimony. This could be as significant as a trial itself, after a New Jersey state court judge in October nixed testimony from two key expert witnesses for the plaintiff, scuttling what was set to the first talcum powder trial in the state. That decision remains on appeal.

Depending on the outcome of the June hearing, a bellwether trial is scheduled for July in Los Angeles, along with another trial scheduled that same month in Washington D.C. Superior Court. .

The case is captioned Valerie Swann, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. case number 1422 CC09326-01 in Missouri’s 22nd Judicial Circuit Court.

Talcum powder cases continue in Federal court. About 134 cases are on file in the District of New Jersey Federal Court. The parties have been discussing various topics, including a protective order, a preservation order and other legal issues. A preservation order is where a plaintiff has to store physical or biological evidence for use in trials.

Johnson & Johnson reported in a recent filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) that it has been named a defendant in at least 3,100 product liability claims. These lawsuits are claims by women that Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower talc-based powders contributed to them getting ovarian cancer.

If you think you have a diagnosis of ovarian cancer due to your use of Baby Powder or Shower To Shower contact us today

 

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Alert- Reaching Out to America’s Largest Cities

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline has increased marketing to the largest cities  in the U.S ( NYC,  Los Angeles, CA;  Chicago, IL ; Houston, TX; Philadelphia, PA ; Phoenix,  AZ; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; Dallas, TX;  and San Jose, CA to alert women of  the connection between Talcum Powder products, like Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, and ovarian cancer. Women used these products for years around genital areas and on sanitary napkins without knowing that the talc  particles can travel to the ovaries. They can sit there for years causing irritation and inflammation and result in the fatal ovarian cancer diagnosis.

In a recent Talcum Powder lawsuit a jury decided that  Talcum Powder did cause ovarian cancer and awarded $72 million. Manufacturers knew for years and never warned women. Instead they promoted their products for use to stay dry.

The link between ovarian cancer and Talcum Powder ” dusting ”  has been argued  for years. In an article published in the 1971 issue of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, it was noted that  research found talcum powder particles inside  ovarian cancer victims. In 2013 Cancer Prevention Research reported that women who used talcum powder faced a 2o%-30% increased risk of ovarian cancer.  Again, this study showed that talc particles can remain embedded in ovaries for up to eight years.

Talcum powder cancer  is  difficult to  of diagnose   in early stages because it can take so many years for the cancer to develop. Studies have shown a clear connection between talcum powder and and a heightened risk of ovarian cancer.

Tje Manufacturers offer not warning for women. Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline wants women to know that using Talc based products on the genital area can potentially lead to ovarian cancer. We fell you should be warned.

 

 

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Did Talcum Powder Ads Target Afro American Women?

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is not just a network of Talcum Powder lawyers. We keep you updated on the latest news and articles of interest related to ovarian cancer and the talcum powder lawsuits. We are sharing this article because we feel it is of interest to women.
Johnson and Johnson has been  accused of aggressively marketing  their Baby Powder products to the  to African-American women after  sales to white women dropped off. The most recent $72 million ovarian cancer settlement was awarded to the family of an Afro American woman who used the product for feminine hygiene for decades.

It appears that  Johnson & Johnson has long been aware of the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The lawyer on the recent case  spoke to the  Atlanta Black Star, Onder said, “The evidence is real clear that Johnson & Johnson has known about the dangers associated with talcum powder for over 30 years…instead of giving a warning, what they did was target the groups most at risk for developing ovarian cancer” – in this case, black women.

Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, a professor of African Studies at the University of Texas and contributing writer to Time magazine, points out that “Corporations have long taken advantage of the beauty rituals that African American women love.”  In a recent article, she writes, “Like pressing our hair and lotioning our legs, douching and deodorizing vaginas is something black women teach our daughters and sister-friends teach our friends.” According to research cited by Tinsley, black women employ talcum powder for such purposes twice as much as their white counterparts.

In another article published in a 2011 issue of Advertising and History Review, historian Michelle Ferranti points out that such practices have their origins in racial stereotypes and racist perceptions going back hundreds of years.  Tinsley herself adds,

Johnson & Johnson and other companies are ready to profit from these myths of the excessive black vagina. They’re willing to capitalize on our internalized misogynoir even if we die in the process. For decades, companies, including Johnson & Johnson, continued marketing to encourage black women to spend money on talcum power, which could cause cancer in our reproductive organs even as they promise to ‘freshen’ them. Because buyers were women, they were the advertisers’ targets; because they were women, they were vulnerable to side effects the companies never exposed.
A recent study from the University of Virginia, published in Cancer Epidemiology, now indicates that women who consistently apply talcum powder to their genitalia run a 40% risk of contracting ovarian cancer. Lead researcher Joellen Schildkraut said she was a skeptic until the recent studies were published.  “As you look across all these studies, I would say, why use it? It’s an avoidable risk for ovarian cancer,” she acknowledged.

Apparently Johnson and Johnson continues in it’s marketing campaigns to target women for financial and as the article continues to tell us…..gain Unfortunately, few if any consumers of all ethnic backgrounds have been aware of those risks – and in the case of the African-American community, there is decades of cultural conditioning and expectations passed from one generation to the next. That is something that Johnson & Johnson was all-too-willing to exploit.

Johnson & Johnson is unrepentant, and plans to appeal the most recent ruling. In a statement to the press, J&J spokesperson Carol Goodrich said, “the jury’s decision goes against 30 years of studies by medical experts around the world that continue to support the safety of cosmetic talc.”

If you or a loved one has ovarian cancer and used Talcum powder, Baby Powder or Talc Powder for years contact out Talcum Powder Helpline. Speak to a medical social worker and Talcum Powder lawyer.

 

What Is Talcum Powder?

What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products.

In its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled (see our document Asbestos). All talcum products used in homes in the United States have been asbestos-free since the 1970s.

Talc, from which talcum powder is developed has been used by women to dry off in the pelvic area on a daily basis. New research links talc to ovarian cancer, and women are  filing Talcum Powder lawsuits against the manufacturers.

Who would believe it. Johnson and Johnson baby talcum  powder lawsuits for ovarian cancer. Yes it is true.  Contact the Talcum Powder-Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Helpline today.