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May 3, 2016: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit Favors Ovarian Cancer Victim

Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit

On May 3, 2016, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was ordered by court ruling to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who had developed ovarian cancer. The plaintiff, Gloria Ristesund, attributed her ovarian cancer to long-term use of Johnson and Johnson’s talcum powder for genital hygiene.

This ruling supports the claim of many researchers, doctors, and consumer-protection organizations, that through repeated genital use, talc can make its way into the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries; this talc can lodge itself into the ovaries, increasing the risk of ovarian cancer. Despite this concern, for decades talcum powder manufacturers have encouraged women to use their product for feminine hygiene.

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The Weinberg Law Firm is currently assisting women nationwide who have suffered ovarian cancer that may be linked to the regular use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene. We are ready to help you too.

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Plantiff’s Argument in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit

To prove J&J’s negligence, Ristesund’s attorney, Jim Onder, referenced the earliest talcum powder ovarian cancer study, “Talc and carcinoma of the ovary and cervix,” published in 1971, and many subsequent studies linking ovarian cancer to long-term use of talcum powder on the genitals.

According to evidence presented by Onder, internal J&J documents showed that the company was aware of those studies, and chose to ignore them. Onder also argued that J&J specifically marketed their product to overweight women, blacks and Latinos, groups who were especially at risk for developing ovarian cancer.

Onder argued, and the jury agreed, that J&J was liable for Ristesund’s ovarian cancer, as the company knew of the risks associated with their product, and chose not to warn consumers.

Ovarian Cancer Victims Seek Compensation from Talcum Powder Manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Consumers and attorneys nationwide are holding cosmetics manufacturers responsible for allegedly failing to include warnings of the ovarian cancer risk on the packaging of their talcum powder products in an effort to protect profits and boost sales. At this point, at least 1,200 cases are pending against J&J.

For example, in February of 2016, a St. Louis, Missouri jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the family of an ovarian cancer victim whose death the jury believed was related to her use of the company’s talcum powder.


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