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Friday, July 29, 2016
Talc Lawsuits In Madison County Illinois Total Over 200
Since a link was discovered between talcum powder and ovarian cancer,
over 200 women have filed lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson in the Madison
County, Ill. courts where the last two cases were tried.
Two separate juries awarded damages in two cases. One plaintiff, a
cancer survivor, was awarded $55 million and the family of another, who died
just prior to trial, was awarded $72 million in damages.
Christine Harders was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talc
products for thirty years. She is filing a lawsuit alleging that the product
was “unreasonably dangerous and defective.” It continues by claiming that
Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products, Imerys Talc
America Inc. and Luzenac America continued selling talc products despite
studies that showed a cancer risk connected with the products. Johnson and
Johnson allegedly failed to warn women of the cancer risks and propagated false
misleading and biased information. This is despite the fact that they could
have offered a safer cornstarch based alternative.
In addition, the suit claims that an association was formed that
sought to “prevent regulation of talc and to create confusion to the consuming
public about the true hazards of talc relative to ovarian cancer” after
research, beginning in 1971, found an association between talc and ovarian
The 1971 study, along with another conducted in 1982, confirmed an
increased risk of ovarian cancer from genital talc use. It was also indicated
that the lead researcher, Dr. Cramer, allegedly suggested that a warning label
be place on the products, to a doctor for Johnson and Johnson. Johnson &
Johnson has been manufacturing talc products under the Johnson
The 1971 study uncovered the fact that malignant tumors removed from
the ovaries of women had small amounts of talc imbedded within. This discovery
supported earlier suspicions that a connection existed between the talc
products and ovarian cancer. One of the products, Shower to Shower, is still
being marketed to this day by Johnson & Johnson directly to women for
personal hygiene for the reduction of vaginal and perineal odor. There have
been 21 other studies, most of which show that a woman using Shower to Shower,
or similar talc based products, increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer
by 33 percent over non-users. One study performed on women in 1982, who used
the product while ovulating, increased the risk of cancer development by as
much as 92 percent. Talc Products have been used to keep skin dry and odor free
since Johnsons Baby Powder was first sold in 1883.
Aside from the individual lawsuits filed against Johnson &
Johnson, a class action suit has also been filed. The lawsuit claims that
Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn against the risk of ovarian
cancer. In the class action case the compensation is limited to a refund for
any money spent on the talc products even if the users did develop ovarian
cancer. Joining the class action will not provide any additional compensation
and prevents any further litigation against Johnson & Johnson.
What Should You
Do If You Suffered from Ovarian Cancer After Using Talc Products
If you developed ovarian cancer or lost a loved one after the use of
talc products such as Johnsons Baby Powder or Shower to Shower in the genital
area, you should seek the help of a qualified product liability attorney
immediately. Statutes of limitation apply in these cases so it is imperative to
act quickly or your opportunity to file a case may be lost.
Dolman Law Group is currently seeking women who have suffered from
ovarian cancer due to the genital use of talc based products. If you are one of
those women please contact a product liability lawyer at 727-451-6900 for a
free, confidential consultation. You may be entitled to a significant
Dolman Law Group 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 727-451-6900