In January, talc plaintiffs requested that a 3rd Circuit appeals court
revive the class action lawsuit brought over an alleged link between Johnson
& Johnson’s baby powder and ovarian cancer. Unlike the other
lawsuits, which have resulted in significant verdicts and settlements,
this lawsuit does not revolve around injuries or death. This lawsuit is
a class action lawsuit for consumers asserting economic damages. It was
dismissed in July 2017 by U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson in New Jersey.
Why are plaintiffs attempting to have the court revive the class action lawsuit? The answer has something to do with eye drops. Plaintiffs and their attorneys
are relying on the recent October 2017 ruling in
Cotrell v. Alcon. This lawsuit was comprised of consumers who alleged that the manufacturers
and distributors of the eye drops engaged in unfair trade practices by
selling them in dispensers that dispense doses too large, thus leading
to economic damages. The trial judge in
Cotrell was also U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson. Judge Wolfson ruled that plaintiffs’
claims that defendants caused them to waste money on medication was too
speculative and dismissed the class action lawsuit. Now, the talc plaintiffs
are hopeful that their appeal may have a similar result.
History of Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products have been linked to
ovarian cancer in numerous women. Since the lawsuits began, J&J has
been ordered to pay over $700 million in damages. Some of those lawsuits
$417 Million - in August 2017, a California woman was awarded $347 million in punitive
damages and $70 million in compensatory damages.
$110 Million - in May 2017, a Virginia woman was awarded $66 million in punitive damages
from J&J, $39 million in punitive damages from J&J Consumer, and
$50,000 in punitive damages from J&J talc supplier Imerys. She was
also awarded $5.4 million in compensatory damages.
$70 Million - in October 2016, a California woman was awarded $67.5 million in punitive
damages and $2.5 million in compensatory damages after she was diagnosed
with stage 4 ovarian cancer.
$55 Million - in May 2016, a South Dakota woman was awarded $5 million in compensatory
damages and $50 million in punitive damages.
$72 Million - in February 2016, an Alabama woman’s family was awarded $72 million
in the first case to receive monetary damages.
Damages Caused by Johnson & Johnson’s Talcum Powder
Lawsuits have argued that Johnson & Johnson provided no warnings about
the potential risks of developing ovarian cancer when using their products.
This is despite the fact that internal studies at Johnson & Johnson
had concluded that there was a possibility of ovarian cancer with use.
In fact, despite the cancer risks, Johnson & Johnson continued to
market their products as safe to use on the entire body. In some campaigns,
they even directly promoted the use of their products in the pelvic region.
Numerous studies have concluded that there is a link between talcum powder
and ovarian cancer. This is due to the talc particles becoming lodged
in the ovaries after it has come in contact with the genital area.
Contact Our Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyers
If you believe you suffered from economic damages after purchasing J&J
talcum powder products, we may be able to help! We are proud to offer
free legal consultations to injured clients - don’t wait! Also,
if you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and believe it is associated
with your use of talcum powder, you may be eligible for compensation in
an individual lawsuit. We represent hundreds of women in these cases and
are available to discuss your potential case.
To learn more about your legal options or to schedule a free consultation call the
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