Jury orders J&J to pay $72 million in talcum powder lawsuit.

In continuing coverage, the AP (2/23, Zagier) reports that a “Missouri jury has awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer, which she said was caused by using Johnson & Johnson’s well-known baby powder and other products containing talcum.” The jury determined that J&J must pay $10 million in actual damages in $62 million in punitive damages. Reuters (2/23, Stempel) and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (2/23, Bell, 808K) also cover the story.

Study links genital talc usage to higher risk of ovarian cancer.

Reuters (3/3, Cohen) reports a new study by researchers at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Epidemiology Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston suggests women who powder their genitals with talc on a regular basis have a one-third higher risk of ovarian cancer. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not include talc as a risk factor for ovarian cancer, in 2006 it was labeled as a possible carcinogenic by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. Reuters notes that the author of the study has testified as a paid expert in cases such as the recent lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, which resulted in $72 million in damages to the family of the decedent.

baby powder can cause ovarian cancerSolberg Stewart Miller is investing possible Baby Powder lawsuits on behalf of ladies who regularly use Baby Powder and have now been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Talcum powder has been found to cause ovarian cancer when used by women for perineal hygiene. Johnson & Johnson, a major manufacturer of talc-based baby powder and body powder. Numerous lawsuits have been filed accusing Johnson and Johnson of failing to warn consumers of the risks of talcum powder. Ovarian cancer is a serious disease and is expected to result in thousands of deaths this year in the United States.

The first talcum powder/ovarian cancer lawsuit was brought – and won – against Johnson & Johnson in federal court in 2013. A lawyer representing the cosmetic giant admitted executives had known about the association between baby powder and ovarian cancer for years but did not deem the risk significant enough to require a product warning.

Solberg Stewart Miller represents plaintiffs on a contingent-fee basis, which means that if there is no recovery there will be no fees. Attorney consultations incur no obligation on your part and all initial consultations are free of charge. If Solberg Stewart Miller agrees to accept your case, the attorney fees are based on a percentage of your recovery.

There are strict time deadlines, called Statutes of Limitations, which must be met in all cases. If you have a Talcum Powder case but do not file and serve your lawsuit before the time deadline you will be forever barred from bringing such a case.

Fortunately, if you used talcum powder in North Dakota or Minnesota the time deadlines are longer than in some other states. Nevertheless, there are still strict time deadlines in North Dakota and Minnesota, just like other states, and if you miss the deadline you cannot pursue your claim. Therefore, if you believe that you or your loved one may have a Baby Powder claim because you have been diagnosed with Ovarian cancer, you should immediately contact an attorney.

Many people have been affected by the use of Baby Powder. If you or a family member has been injured and now suffer from ovarian cancer due to the use of Baby Powder (talcum powder) please contact our North Dakota and Minnesota talcum powder (Baby Powder) Attorneys today and get the legal protection that you deserve. Call attorney Todd Miller, attorney Mike Miller or attorney Dan Phillips at 1.877.237.3166 (toll free) or 237.3166 (Fargo) or send an email message to tmiller@solberglaw.com.