Jury Awards Massive Verdict in Talcum Powder Case

Jury Awards Massive Verdict in Talcum Powder Case

Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 13-Jun-2017

Victims of talcum powder-related injuries won another landmark victory recently. Early this month, a St. Louis Circuit Court awarded a massive $110.5 million verdict to a victim who had sustained ovarian cancer as a result of their use of talcum powder products.

Lois Slemp of Wise, VA claimed she used Johnson & Johnson’s Shower-to-Shower talcum powder for more than four decades. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, which has since spread to her liver. Medical tests found the presence of both talc particles as well as asbestos inside her cancer.

Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal the verdict. In a statement following the delivery of the verdict, they stated “We deeply sympathize with the women and families impacted by ovarian cancer. We will begin the appeals process following today’s verdict and believe a jury decision in our favor in St. Louis in March and the dismissal of two cases in New Jersey in September 2016 by a state court judge who ruled that plaintiffs’ scientific experts could not adequately support their theories that talcum powder causes ovarian cancer, further highlight the lack of credible scientific evidence behind plaintiffs’ allegations. We are preparing for additional trials this year and we will continue to defend the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.”

The St. Louis Court may have ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson before, including a case in April, but this isn’t the first victory a plaintiff has won against them here either. Last year alone, three jury verdicts awarded $197 million to the plaintiffs. In total, more than 2,000 lawsuits against the health and beauty mega-giant are still pending, including several class-action suits.

The Impact on Class Action Suits

Talcum powder has been used for decades thanks to its moisture-absorbent tendencies. Talc is a commonly-found ingredient in eye shadow, blush, and even some chewing gums. While talc naturally contains some asbestos fibers, asbestos has been removed from all household talcum products since the 1970s.

Since that time, several studies have linked talc-containing products to ovarian cancer, and many people who have used talc-based products for many years are now being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In fact, a clear connection was established in the early 1980s.

As a result, thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the company failed to warn consumers of the dangers of using talcum powder products near the vagina. Despite numerous years of knowing this danger, Johnson & Johnson still has not properly labeled or made the risk of using talcum powder products clear to consumers.

This has led to several class-action suits as well as thousands of individual lawsuits. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after repeated use of talc-based products, you should not hesitate to speak with a Philadelphia class action attorney about your case as soon as possible. While some cases receive massive settlements, such as the one mentioned here, many other cases are rejected based on not having enough evidence to support the connection between the talc-based product and a cancer diagnosis. A lawyer can help you effectively present your case before a jury and create and effective strategy

If you or a loved one need legal representation after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Call Golomb & Honik, P.C. today at 215.278.4449 to set up a no-obligation consultation. Let our attorneys help you decide the best course of action for a successful result to your case!

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