Close on the heels of two talcum powder jury verdicts in the United States
against the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J & J), a
Canadian class action has now been filed against J & J. The issue
at hand is the potential link between baby powder with talc used for feminine
hygiene and ovarian cancer, particularly in women who have used talcum
powder for significant lengths of time. The Canadian plaintiffs currently
include seven women and their family members who live in Ontario and Quebec,
as well as the estate of a Montreal woman who died from ovarian cancer
in March 2016 at the age of 66.
More than 1,200 Lawsuits Filed Against J & J in the U.S.
The Canadian lawsuit alleges J & J was negligent in the development,
marketing, testing, distribution, design, licensing, and manufacturing
of Johnson’s Baby Powder containing talc. While J & J claims
there are no safety issues associated with their talc products, they are
facing more than 1,200 lawsuits from injured women in the United States.
The first three U.S. talcum powder lawsuits in the U.S. ended in wins
for the plaintiffs and verdicts awarding damages in excess of $125,000,000.00.
In 2013, the first plaintiff won her suit against J & J by proving
that J & J was negligent regarding their failure to warn of the risks
of their product, and that their talc caused the plaintiff’s ovarian
cancer. In February 2016, another family won their wrongful death lawsuit
after their mother died just weeks before the trial began. The family
was awarded $72 million, with $62 million of that being designated as
punitive damages. A few months later, yet another women was awarded $55
million in her wrongful death lawsuit against J & J—like the
previous award, $50 million of that settlement was designated as punitive damages.
Canadian Lawsuit Says J & J Was Aware of Talc Powder Dangers
The Canadian suit also alleges J & J was well aware of the dangers
associated with talcum powder, yet failed to disclose those dangers to
consumers, and failed to recall their talcum powder products in Canada.
Requests for monetary compensation are expected to come later on. Each
of the plaintiffs in the Canadian lawsuit were diagnosed with ovarian
cancer after using J & J’s baby powder with talc for feminine
hygiene purposes over a significant time period. The representative plaintiffs
in the Canadian case are Marilyne Bernier, daughter to Therese Bernier,
who died in March 2016 from ovarian cancer and Shaeda Farooqui, of Mississauga.
Research Shows Ovarian Cancer Increases by 33 Percent When Talcum Powder
is Used for Feminine Hygiene
A significant body of scientific research has established over the past
35 years that when talcum powder is applied in the perineal area, on women’s
underwear and on sanitary napkins, those women’s risk of developing
ovarian cancer increases by 33 percent. The Canadian lawsuit hopes to
bring justice to the many women in the country who were diagnosed with
ovarian cancer after using baby powder with talc for feminine hygiene
purposes. The lawsuit also hopes to alter the behaviors of companies who
are placing known carcinogenic substances into the Canadian commerce stream.
More Lawsuits Expected to Be Filed Against Johnson & Johnson
The most recent United States J & J talcum powder lawsuit was filed
in the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on the
ninth of June. The lawsuit is a wrongful death suit, brought on behalf
of a 58-year-old woman who died of ovarian cancer after using J &
J baby powder with talc for feminine hygiene for a number of years. As
more evidence is found and more women come forward, it is expected the
number of lawsuits against J & J will increase, potentially exposing
J & J to billions in damages.
If you are a woman who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using
J & J baby powder with talc, it could be extremely beneficial to consult
an experienced nationwide talcum powder attorney. We have been representing
hundreds of women for more than two years in this litigation.
Contact Us to Request a Case Evaluation
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you
used talcum powder on a regular basis, contact our firm today. One of
our experienced Philadelphia product liability attorneys will evaluate
your case and help you determine if you are entitled to compensation.
To learn more about your legal options or to
schedule a free consultation, call Golomb & Honik, P.C. today at (215) 278-4449. We represent clients
in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States.