Plaintiffs in the talcum powder litigation against Johnson & Johnson allege that using talcum powder for feminine hygiene led to ovarian cancer. A number of these patients are in poor health and sadly, two have already died. Considering that a number of these plaintiffs may not live to see their cases through to resolution, plaintiffs are asking the court to expedite their depositions so their testimony can be preserved. More than 300 lawsuits have been filed alleging J&J knew about the risks of talcum powder but failed to warn consumers.
Attorneys for J&J argued for a stay in proceedings for a case originally scheduled for trial this month in Georgia. However, the plaintiff countered that she is terminally ill and proceedings should not be delayed. The judge did grant the stay, but he also expedited her deposition.
Two talcum powder lawsuits yielded large verdicts for the plaintiff earlier this year. Jurors awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer. Another jury awarded $55 million to a woman suffering from ovarian and endometrial cancer. In both cases, lawsuits alleged that regular use of talcum powder products increased the risk of cancer and J&J allegedly failed to disclose this information.
Talcum powder products are sometimes used for feminine hygiene. Women use the product in their underwear or sanitary napkins to stay fresh. Lawsuits allege J&J marketed its Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower despite evidence linking these products to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Plaintiffs allege that the fine talc particles can travel up the female reproductive tract and reach the ovaries, where they can build up over time and cause the type of inflammation that promotes cancer growth.
Plaintiffs cite 1971 findings where researchers identified talc particles embedded in ovarian tumors.
Recently, jurors heard an expert testimony for the plaintiffs stating that J&J should have warned of cancer risks with talcum powder use as early as 1982.
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