Recent lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) allege that use of their talcum powder-based products cause ovarian cancer. For years, J&J has marketed these products to women as a necessity for maintaining feminine hygiene and preventing unwanted feminine odors. Some of the products, such as Baby Powder, were marketed for multiple uses, but others, like Shower-to-Shower were advertised very specifically as a safe feminine hygiene product to “keep the odor away.”
Talc, in its naturally occurring state, contains asbestos, a known carcinogen. Despite the fact that all talcum powder has been asbestos-free since the 1970s, experts now believe long-term, regular use of talc-based powders, especially on and around the genital area, may cause up to 10% of cases of ovarian cancer in the United States. With 25,000 new cases diagnosed every year, the harm done to Michigan families by these products cannot be understated.
Despite over 20 research studies showing a link between talc and ovarian cancer, including findings by the World Health Organization, Johnson & Johnson still refuses to take the simple step of placing a warning label on their products. For nearly 50 years, J&J has marketed and promoted its products to women, especially overweight women and women in the African American community, knowing full well there was a suspected link between their products and a deadly form of cancer.
J&J failed to warn their customers of a serious health threat posed by some of their most popular products. The company’s failure to protect their customers from this risk is now beginning to catch up to them. At this time, over 1200 lawsuits have been filed against J&J, including some in the state of Michigan. The first successful lawsuit found J&J liable in 2013 but did not award any damages. That lawsuit has opened the doors to victims across the country, and we are now beginning to see cases in which the company is not only found liable but where victims and their families are being awarded major damages.
In the first half of 2016 alone, there have been two awards, one in favor of a family on behalf of a lost family member and one in favor of a survivor of ovarian cancer. The family of an Alabama woman who had used J&J products for 40 years was awarded $72 million after their mother lost her battle to ovarian cancer. In May, another regular user of talcum powder-based products won her case against J&J and was awarded $55 million.
The experienced attorneys at The Lee Steinberg Law Firm want justice for the many unknown victims of Johnson & Johnson dangerous products. We are now reviewing claims of those who have personally suffered through ovarian cancer and the families of those who have lost a loved one to this terrible disease. If you believe the use of J&J talcum powder-based products may have caused ovarian cancer in yourself or your loved one, please contact us today. We look forward to speaking with you and helping guide you toward healing and holding J&J accountable for their years of abusing their loyal customers. Call us at 1-800-LEE-FREE (1-800-533-3733) today for your FREE consultation.