Talcum Powder History Dating Back to the Early 1970's

The History of Talc Powder Lawsuits

The devastating link between ovarian cancer and talc powder used near female genitals was first discovered in the early 1970’s. Various research and tests suggested talc particles would enter through the vaginal opening, move into the uterus and cervix, and continue migrating through the fallopian tubes until they reached the ovaries. When testing the various theories, researchers found talc particles in many ovarian tumors.

Years later, a professor at Harvard University who also served as a doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, conducted and published a study that stated women increased their chances of developing ovarian cancer by three times when using talc powder products near the genitals. Since then, additional research has been conducted, many of which suggests a significant increase in risks for ovarian cancer occurrences amongst talc powder users.

Previous Talcum Powder Lawsuits

According to a wide range of sources, roughly 1,700 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson for failing to acknowledge and address the links between ovarian cancer and Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and Shower-to-Shower products, both of which contain talc powder. Additionally, most claims report that Johnson & Johnson also failed to provide adequate warning regarding the dangers of using their products.

In one case, a woman, 63 years old, used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder product for more than 40 years until she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Medical records and evidence suggest that, as a result, the woman now face an 80% chance of dying in the next two years. As of now, she has undergone radiation, surgical procedures, and chemotherapy.

When her case concluded, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $2,500,000 for medical expenses and pain and suffering costs as well as an additional $65,000,000 in punitive damages. Additionally, Imerys Talc America, the talc supplier, was order to pay $2,500,000 in exemplary damages. After three hours of deliberation, the verdict was returned, and the woman was awarded more than $70,000,000.

Our Team of Trial Lawyers Can Aggressively Represent You

If you or a loved one has developed ovarian cancer and believe talc-based powders may have contributed to the development of your condition, it is urgent that your get in touch with our pharmaceutical injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP right away. When you choose to work with our legal team, you can rest easier knowing we will stand by your side and see that you obtain maximum compensation for your damages. Over the years, we have recovered billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements and are ready to put our experience on your side.

To speak with our team today, call Arnold & Itkin LLP at (888) 493-1629.

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