Moll Law Group has filed its first lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, seeking damages on behalf of a 39-year-old woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer following her use of the company’s talcum powder-based products. In the lawsuit, which is captioned Barbara Ross v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., the plaintiff was diagnosed in 2014. She used Johnson & Johnson’s products for feminine hygiene purposes as part of her daily shower routine for 23 years, including Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.
In the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that her continuous use of these products directly resulted in her developing ovarian cancer and suffering other devastating and potentially fatal injuries in addition to infertility and serious mental and emotional suffering. Some sources suggest that the major international pharmaceutical and household product maker knew about the potential risks associated with talcum-based products for several years but failed to provide adequate warnings to consumers.
Talcum powder is derived from a mineral substance that has known similarities to asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. According to a group of researchers at Harvard University who conducted a study, women who used talcum powder-based hygiene products had a 36 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer compared to women who did not use talcum-based products.
A number of other lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging similar facts and legal theories to Moll Law Group’s recent complaint. In 2012, a woman in South Dakota brought a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the company negligently failed to provide warnings about the dangers of developing ovarian cancer as a result of using the company’s talcum powder-based products. According to the complaint, the woman was diagnosed with the potentially deadly and painful condition in 2006. Also, in 2014, two groups of plaintiffs brought respective class action proceedings against Johnson & Johnson.
More recently, a St. Louis jury awarded a plaintiff $55 million in damages in May 2016, finding that Johnson & Johnson failed to sufficiently warn consumers about talcum powder’s dangerous consequences. In another recent case, a jury in St. Louis awarded $72 million in damages to the surviving family members of a woman who died from ovarian cancer and who also used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products.
If you have been injured as a result of using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products, or you are a family member of a woman who has been injured as a result of using these products, you may be entitled to compensation. Each state recognizes the right of an injured consumer to bring a product liability claim against a company that is responsible for his or her injuries. In this type of claim, the plaintiff must show that the product in question was designed in an unreasonably dangerous manner or that the defendant failed to provide sufficient warnings with the product about its potential dangers. Most states also allow injured consumers to bring a negligence claim. In this type of claim, the plaintiff must show that the defendant failed to use reasonable care in the design, manufacture, or marketing of the product.
The skilled and compassionate talcum powder lawyers at Moll Law Group are reviewing potential claims against Johnson & Johnson and are standing by to assist you with determining whether you may be entitled to compensation. We proudly serve victims and their families throughout the United States, including in Texas, Illinois, Florida, and California. Don’t wait. Time may be running out on your claim. Call us at 312-462-1700 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.