Talcum Powder Updates
Multiple lawsuits have been pursued in recent years regarding the harm caused by products containing talcum powder. Most notably, Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower, which are manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, have been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer for women using the product for feminine hygiene purposes. Albuquerque talcum powder lawyer Paul Dominguez continues to represent people injured by talcum powder-based products in claims against manufacturers that marketed their products to women for hygiene use, without adequately informing them of the known risks of serious illnesses. He is committed to making sure that his clients receive the damages that they are entitled to obtain from the parties responsible for their harm.Verdicts Regarding Talcum Powder Side Effects
In the past 40 years, studies have shown that talc particles from products like Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder can shift from outer areas into a woman’s fallopian tubes, which greatly increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Although the first study reporting this link was conducted in 1971, Johnson & Johnson, as well as other manufacturers, have not included warnings regarding a higher risk of ovarian cancer, and they continue to market these products for dangerous uses for women. As a result, victims who have suffered from ovarian or fallopian cancer began pursuing legal action against Johnson & Johnson.
In August 2017, plaintiff Eva Echeverria was awarded $417 million in damages after suffering from stage 4 ovarian cancer. This is the largest award to date in a talcum powder case. Echeverria had been using baby powder containing talcum since the 1950s until 2016, never being informed of the dangers associated with the product. The California jury also issued punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson, finding that the manufacturer purposefully withheld information about the risks of its product from consumers.
Louis Slemp was diagnosed and treated for an aggressive ovarian cancer that had spread to her liver after using Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for over 40 years. In May 2017, Slemp was awarded $110 million in compensatory and punitive damages by a St. Louis jury.
In November 2016, another jury in California found Johnson & Johnson liable for $70 million in damages for Deborah Giannecchini. Of this amount, the jury awarded Giannecchini $65 million in punitive damages for the manufacturer’s intentional conduct. Giannecchini was undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for ovarian cancer at the time that she filed suit, after using talcum powder products for four decades.
After Jackie Fox passed away from ovarian cancer in 2015, her family was awarded $72 million by a St. Louis jury. The jury found that Johnson & Johnson was liable for $10 million in compensatory damages, as well as $62 million in punitive damages, after evidence revealed that the manufacturer had known about the risk of cancer associated with talc powder for years but failed to relay such information.
As more victims are diagnosed with ovarian cancer caused by talcum powder products, these claims continue to arise. Nationwide, there are over 5,500 lawsuits pending against manufacturers responsible for failing to warn consumers about the known dangers of these products. People facing ovarian cancer often need long-term medical treatment, as well as a lifetime of monitoring to make sure that their cancer does not return. Holding liable Johnson & Johnson and others that have produced and marketed such harmful products is important to ensure that these companies do not act similarly in the future, as well as to make sure that victims are able to pay for their care.Seek Guidance from a Knowledgeable Albuquerque Attorney
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after long-term talcum powder use, or if you have lost a loved one to such an illness, product liability lawyer Paul Dominguez is available to help you pursue proper legal action against responsible parties. Our firm can assist clients in Albuquerque and elsewhere in New Mexico in every stage of the litigation. Call us today at (505) 850-5854 or contact us online to find out more about current talcum powder cases and how we can help you recover compensation.