Despite the company’s protests, lawsuits continue to loom on the horizon
Earlier last month, a judge in New Jersey threw out two lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson because they didn’t have enough medical evidence to link the company’s talcum powder to ovarian cancer. The lawsuits allege that the company sold talcum powder fully aware of the risks, including a risk of ovarian cancers developing in women who used the powder.
The two New Jersey suits were dismissed because the lawyers for the women couldn’t sufficiently provide evidence from experts linking talc to their clients’ ovarian cancers. A spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson states that scientific research and clinical evidence over the course of decades worldwide has proven that cosmetic talc is safe to use.
The company’s many lawsuits
The women who filed the dismissed New Jersey suits are just two of over 1,000 lawsuits currently pending in state and federal courts against Johnson & Johnson. They claim that the company ignored warnings and research that pointed to talc as a potential cause of ovarian cancer.
Johnson & Johnson had previously lost two suits against them that were filed in St. Louis, Mo. In February, a woman was awarded $72 million in damages, and Johnson & Johnson was again ordered to pay $55 million in May.
Was talc really linked to cancer?
While it’s disturbing for many to see that a link between ovarian cancer and a common ingredient like talc exists, it’s made all the more concerning by the evidence suggesting that Johnson & Johnson knew this and kept it from the public. However, the company continues to deny any evidence, citing other evidence and studies claiming that talc is safe to use in cosmetics and body care products.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with ovarian cancer and know that you used talcum powder, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, punitive and other damages. Reach out to a lawyer right away to explore your options and have a knowledgeable team to guide you through the legal process.