Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is the subject of two class-action lawsuits filed in 2014, claiming the company is responsible for giving women ovarian cancer through the use of its talcum powder products, Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. The suits came one year after South Dakota resident Deane Berg, diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, won her legal claim that the company was negligent in not warning users of the greater risk of developing that type of cancer. Earlier this year, a St. Louis jury awarded a $72 million verdict to the family of Jackie Fox, who passed away at the age of 62 after decades of using the products for daily genital dusting.
In addition to those verdicts and more than 1,000 legal claims against the company, over 20 studies (some dating as far back as 1971) have also shown potential links between the ingredients used in both of Johnson & Johnson’s powder products and ovarian cancer. Yet, the company adamantly – and dangerously – continues to deny any link between the products in question and ovarian cancer, and has refused to pull the talc-based products from the market. As far back as 1997, toxicologist Alfred P. Wehner, an internal consultant for Johnson & Johnson, attacked the company’s stance on the issue in letters sent to the company, stating that, “Anybody who denies this (link between talc and ovarian cancer) risks that the talc industry will be perceived by the public like it perceives the cigarette industry: denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.”
If you or a loved one has used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powders and been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may have legal recourses available – the manufacturers may be held liable for all damages associated with the medical events resulting from the use of these products. Call the Fenstersheib Law Group, P.A. today, toll-free, at 1-800- TellRobert, for a free initial consultation to determine your legal rights. Our attorneys have been helping victims of bad drugs and unsafe medical devices in South Florida for more than three decades, and they will review your medical history to determine whether you may have a case. Let us put our experience to work for you – we proudly stand by our long history of compassion, integrity, and tenacity in bringing justice for the injured. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.