5/5/16 Update: Johnson & Johnson is appealing both verdicts totaling $127 million.
Another huge verdict in the ongoing talc powder cases was announced yesterday, May 2nd. A Missouri jury awarded a woman $55 million after she developed ovarian cancer, a possible result of using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene purposes over a number of years. The verdict comes just two months after Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay a woman’s family $72 million after she passed away from this vicious illness.
Why are women pursuing talc powder cases?
The plaintiffs in these cases allege Johnson & Johnson has known about the potential dangers of using talc powder for feminine hygiene for more than 30 years yet failed to warn consumers about the ongoing risk for ovarian cancer. Not only did the company fail to warn consumers, but it also heavily advertised to women, highlighting the so-called “benefits” of using these products.
A History of Deceit
Johnson & Johnson defends the safety of its products and plans to appeal the verdict. Nonetheless, the company is currently facing around 1,200 lawsuits related to talc powder and ovarian cancer–and baby powder isn’t the only product that has come under fire. Johnson & Johnson historically has used at least two dangerous ingredients,1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde, in products such as its No More Tears Shampoo and Clean & Clear acne treatment. The chemicals have known carcinogenic properties that can damage the nervous system, liver and kidneys. It was only until 2015 the company finally removed these ingredients from all of its products.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
Unfortunately, ovarian cancer may carry no symptoms in the early stages, making it difficult to detect. However, some people may experience the following:
- Pain in the abdomen or pelvis
- Bloating, indigestion or nausea
- Fluid in the abdomen
- Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Urinary symptoms
Ovariancancer.org recommends you see your gynecologist if you experience these symptoms more than 12 times during the course of one month and if the changes in your body are new or unusual.
The Ruth Law Team is accepting cases nationwide on behalf of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower products for extended periods of time. To learn how we can help, call us for a free, no-risk consultation at 1-888-783-8378.