Rumors that talcum powder can cause cancer have been around for decades, but the first case in which a ruling has been made against a talcum powder company has finally been achieved. A Missouri jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of a woman whose ovarian cancer was linked to their products. $10 million of that was in actual damages and the remainder were punitive.
This is the first U.S. jury to award damages over claims that talcum powder use can cause cancer. This is just the tip of the iceberg though. About 1,000 other cases in Missouri alone have been filed, and another 200 in New Jersey. In this case, Johnson & Johnson was found liable for fraud, negligence, and conspiracy. It is believed that they suppressed evidence that the use of talcum powder over a long period of time can cause cancers. The woman who died in this case used talcum powder for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years.
A case in 2013 in South Dakota found that the same product was a factor in another woman’s ovarian cancer, but no damages were awarded in that case.
This may be the tipping point for thousands of other cases. Talcum powder has been used by millions for decades. The possibility of a class action suit is likely. If you believe that talcum powder may have been a factor in your cancer, speak with an experienced attorney today. John Foy & Associates is ready to help you in your case.