Ovarian cancer claims the lives of more than 14,000 women each year in the United States. Some of those deaths may be connected to the use of talcum powder for perineal hygiene.

Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit

In 2013, manufacturer Johnson & Johnson was faced with the first lawsuit involving the relationship between its talcum powder products and ovarian cancer. In the suit, the company admitted to knowing about the risks of talcum powder for years but had not deemed it necessary to warn consumers about the risk associated with these products. In 1982, data suggested that the particles in the talcum powder could make their way through the reproductive system to the ovaries, there they could cause inflammation and foster an environment conducive to the growth of cancer cells.

The lawsuit ended in a defeat for Johnson & Johnson, just one of several in recent years involving a wide range of products including Bausch & Lomb and DePuy hip implants.

A second St. Louis Missouri jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million in damages to a woman who developed ovarian cancer after using talc – powder products for feminine hygiene.  J&J is currently facing approximately 1,200 similar lawsuits.  This verdict follows a three week trial and one day of deliberations.

Victims of ovarian cancer and their families may file a talcum powder lawsuit to recover medical bills and other damages if the ovarian cancer can be connected to talcum powder use.


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