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$4.7 Billion Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Verdict

$4.14 Billion plus $550 Million was awarded to 22 women for ovarian cancer caused by Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder, Shower to Shower and Baby Magic. Unfortunately, six of the 22 women had already died from cancer.The plaintiffs’ claim that talc-based baby powder contains asbestos and the company, new about it since the 70’s, but failed to warn consumers about the powder’s cancer risks.  J&J’s talcum supplier Imerys settled with the 22 plaintiffs for $5 million before the trial ended July 12, 2018 in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis. Watch the NBC news videos below:

$117 Million Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Verdict

$117 million was awarded to Stephen Lanzo, III, for mesothelioma caused from inhaling Shower to Shower and Baby Powder during usage for more than 30 yearsMesothelioma is a deadly cancer that impacts the lining of the lungs.  The New Jersey jury heard evidence that the company hid scientific data linking their products to these dangerous conditions. On April 11, 2018, the verdict included $80 million in punitive damages in addition to the  $37 million jury verdict awarded against Johnson & Johnson and their talc supplier, Imerys SA.

$417 Million Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Verdict

$417 million was awarded to Eva Echeverria from a jury finding her ovarian cancer was caused by baby powder genital use on August 21, 2017. The  Los Angeles, California jury awarded $347 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson for its failure to warn consumers of the link between talc and ovarian cancer.

$110 Million Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Verdict

$110 million was awarded to Lois Slemp, finding her ovarian tumors were caused by four decades using Johnson and Johnson’s Shower-to-Shower and Baby Powder. The Missouri jury delivered its verdict on May 4, 2017,  which included $5.4 million in actual damages and $105 million in punitive damages. Imerys Talc America provided the talc to J&J and was ordered to pay $100,000.

$70 Million Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Verdict

$70 million was awarded to Deborah Giannecchini for developing ovarian cancer from genital use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and the talc supplier, Imerys. The Missouri jury found  J & J was negligent making and marketing its Baby Powder on October 28, 2016.

$55 Million Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Verdict

$55 million was awarded to Gloria Ristesund after developing ovarian cancer caused by Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. The Missouri jury announced the verdict on May 2, 2016. Gloria dusted the Johnson and Johnson powders on her genital area for decades before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer and undergoing a hysterectomy and other surgeries.

$72 Million Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Verdict

$72 million was awarded to the family of Jacqueline Fox, whose death from ovarian cancer was caused by her decades genital use of Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. On February 22, 2016, jurors awarded $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages in Missouri.

How Many Women Have Ovarian Cancer?

Over 20,000 women are diagnosed each year with ovarian cancer and approximately 14,000 die. Cancer strikes about one in 70 women, though studies show that women who use talc-containing products on their genitals have a one in 50 chance of developing the disease. An expert at trial testified at least 45,000 women have died as a result of ovarian cancer that may be attributed to talcum powder use on the genitals and an estimated 1,500 women will die within the next year as a result of talc use.

Numerous talcum powder manufacturers changed to using cornstarch rather than talc after the American Cancer Society advocated for women to switch to cornstarch around the genital area in 1999. The plaintiffs advocate that talc particles can reach the ovaries and cause inflammation, while the defendant manufacturers allege there hasn’t been a large cohort study to prove a definitive cause and effect. The juries obviously believe that Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower and Baby Magic caused the plaintiffs’ cancer. 

What type of cancer does talc cause?

Ovarian cancer and mesothelioma have been linked to talcum powder when applied near the genitals or inhaled into the lungs when dusting. Talc particles migrate up the vagina, uterus and Fallopian tube into the ovary. Genital usage includes dusting the female parts or applying on sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms.

Mesothelioma has been linked to inhaling talcum powder when applying on the body. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer that impacts the lining of the lungs and causes deadly cancer.

Where are the talcum powder cases filed?

Cases have been consolidated before Judge Freda L. Wolfson, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey in Trenton.  Additional lawsuits are pending in the  Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, New Jersey state court coordinated proceeding under Judge Nelson Johnson, and California state court before Judge Maren E. Nelson of the California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles.

What are the Treatments for Ovarian Cancer?

  • Surgery;
  • Chemotherapy;
  • Radiation;
  • Targeted Therapy; and
  • Hormone Therapy

What are the symptoms of advanced ovarian cancer?

  • Bloating;
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain;
  • Trouble eating or feeling full;
  • Urinary symptoms such as urgency or frequency;
  • Upset stomach;
  • Back pain;
  • Pain during sex;
  • Constipation; and
  • Changes in a woman’s period, such as heavier bleeding than normal or irregular bleeding

How Does Talc Cause Cancer?

Many medical studies state that the link between talc and ovarian cancer can be attributed to talc particles traveling through the female reproductive system and causing prolonged inflammation of the ovaries, which can promote the growth of ovarian cancer cells. In addition, research showing the presence of asbestos and other carcinogens in talc indicates that these deadly particles can be inhaled in the course of everyday use and travel throughout the body.

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If you or someone you know has suffered ovarian cancer or mesothelioma and used talcum powder for feminine or male hygiene, please contact our offices for a free medical legal case evaluation with our attorneys. There are time limitations to file a claim so contact us now. Our toll-free number is 1-800-814-4540 or email or fill out the contact form. We look forward to working with you in your claim for compensation.

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