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.
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
It looks like the Talcum Powder lawsuits will be consolidated in a multi District litigation. A Multi District Litigation results in all the ovarian cancer lawsuits under one judge in one jurisdiction. The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline continues to keep you updated on the progress of the Talcum Powder Lawsuits.
There have been more than 1,200 talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson in state and federal courts.
A talcum powder lawsuit motion has been filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) seeking to consolidate all ovarian cancer lawsuits in a single court, under one judge in order to coordinate pretrial proceedings and make the process easier. The chosen venue suggested is the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois.
The motion claims that the current ovarian cancer plaintiffs reside in several different states and that the Southern District of Illinois would permit convenient travel for the parties and counsel.
Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is reaching out to women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer following years of regular, repeated use of talcum powder products for feminine hygiene purposes.
Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits
All of the talcum powder lawsuits have one thing in common. They claim that regular repeated and long term use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products to the genital area can increase a woman’s risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. All the lawsuits claim that talc particles can make their way into the vagina and migrate to the ovaries. The accumulation of talc particles and the constant irritation and inflammation can promote the growth of cancer cells. A number of studies published since the 1970s have suggested a link. Johnson & Johnson has failed to take any steps to warn women of this possible risk and link between Talc products and ovarian cancer.
More than 1,200 talcum powder lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson nationwide. In April, a St. Louis jury awarded $55 million to an ovarian cancer victim who used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based powders for nearly 40 years for feminine hygiene . In February, another Missouri trial resulted in an award of $72 million for the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using talc products for more than 30 years.
Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline
Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer are calling us for help on a daily basis. They all have one thing in common, They have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used talc-based products for feminine hygiene for years. They are angry and want to speak to a Talcum Powder lawyer.
The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline is A nationwide resource for women who have used Talcum powder for personal hygiene and have concerns. Many have a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. The Network of Talcum Powder Lawsuit attorneys have years of experience representing women whio have been injured by a wide variety of dangerous drugs and devices. They have represented these women in complex individual and class action lawsuits against pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
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.