On March 3, 2017, a Missouri jury ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and its talc supplier Imerys Talc in a lawsuit by a woman who alleged that J&J talcum powder products for feminine hygiene for 36 years caused her ovarian cancer. The victory for J&J comes after three consecutive losses in the St. Louis court, in which juries awarded a combined total of $195 million to plaintiffs. There are more than 2,500 similar lawsuits pending against J&J in the state court in St. Louis.
March 3 Verdict
55 year-old Nora Daniels, of Tennessee, was diagnosed with ovarian and uterine cancer in 2013. She had used J&J Baby Powder for feminine hygiene for 36 years. As part of her treatment, Daniels endured hysterectomy with removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Eleven of the 12 jurors voted in favor of J&J. They only needed nine. In past cases, where juries ruled against J&J, the juries had found that the company failed to warn consumers about the link between talc and ovarian cancer. Daniels’ attorney says that he thinks the difference in this case was that the jury did not believe that talcum powder contributed to the specific type of ovarian cancer that Daniels developed.
More talcum powder trials are scheduled in St. Louis in April and June.
If you or someone you love has developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products, such as J&J Baby Powder to Shower to Shower, please talk to an experienced defective product attorney right away to learn more about your rights and potential compensation.