Johnson & Johnson lost a case brought against them by a woman who alleged that her daily use of J&J products caused ovarian cancer.
Jacqueline Fox, claimed she used the company’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower products for 35 years. Unfortunately, cancer took Fox’s life before the ruling in her case.
A Missouri state jury ordered J&J to pay a hefty $72 million fine for damages to the family of the woman caused by the company’s talcum powder. But is that enough for the company that has knowingly exposed generation after generations of Americans to a dangerous product?
Numerous studies have linked talc powder to ovarian cancer a common ingredient found in many J&J products. In a study in May 2015, the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer found that talc use increased the risk of ovarian cancer by 30 to 60 percent in “almost all well-designed studies.”
While this may be one specific (costly) case, there are at least 1,000 other, baby powder-related lawsuits occurring all across the nation. There is evidence to suggest the company has known of the ill-effects of talc use as far back as the 1980s.
While findings relating to the relationship between ovarian cancer and baby powder may be inconclusive, we still hope that regulatory agencies will further investigate.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.