Some items we use daily can be hazardous to our health. When it comes to talcum powder, a lawsuit has affirmed that it could be linked to cancer. This comes after a multi-million dollar verdict awarded to a woman against Johnson & Johnson.
A St. Louis jury awarded Gloria Ritstesund $55 million in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. Ristesund used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder for more than 35 years before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011.
Attorneys for Ristesund argued that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the possible health risks related to using their talcum powder, but failed to warn consumers.
The Onder law firm, who represented Ristesund, made a statement: “Internal documents from Johnson & Johnson show that it knew of studies connecting talc use and ovarian cancer, but, to this day, it continues to market it as safe – neglecting any warning.”
Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal the verdict.
In a statement, the company said, “Multiple scientific and regulatory reviews have determined that talc is safe for use in cosmetic products and the labeling on Johnson’s Baby Powder is appropriate.”
This is not the first time that a jury has found in favor of a plaintiff in a lawsuit regarding the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. In February, a jury awarded $72 million to the family of Jackie Fox. Fox passed away from ovarian cancer in 2015.
The American Cancer Society says that it is not clear if the use of talcum powder leads to increased risk of cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer and believe that it may be associated with the use of talcum powder, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the law offices of John Foy & Associates. The “Strong Arm” attorneys will help you get the compensation you deserve.