Medical Question

In 2009, the first lawsuit alleging that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder use caused a plaintiff’s ovarian cancer was filed by a South Dakota woman. Since that time, more than 1,200 other legal actions have been taken against Johnson & Johnson, which was once the “the most trusted brand in America.”

Two women who filed two separate cases in Missouri claiming that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer were awarded a combined total of $172 million.

New Defendants Named in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Now, two new defendants have been named: Rio Tinto and Luzenac America. Rio Tinto Minerals owned Luzenac America until 2011. It also has had its hands in just about everything, from salt production to diamond mines. The Luzenac Group is the largest producer of talc in the world, with mines in North American, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Rio Tinto has been targeted for its labor abuses and human rights violations, as well as contributing to global climate change through its mining operations. The court documents say that Johnson & Johnson and the two mining companies, “failed to inform its customers ... of a known catastrophic health hazard associated with the use of its products.”

Defendants’ Attorneys Claim Customers Received Material Safety Data Sheet for Talc

Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson says that “multiple scientific and regulatory reviews have determined that talc is safe for use in cosmetic products and the labeling on Johnson’s Baby Powder is appropriate.” However, the first study and several since have demonstrated a link between the genital use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The first study was published more than 30 years ago by Dr. Daniel Cramer, MD, and he recently testified against Johnson & Johnson. His testimony contained 20 more studies to back up his original study from 1982.

Dr. Cramer has a study published recently in Epidemiology that shows those who use talcum powder frequently on their genitals have a 30 percent greater risk of ovarian cancer.

Have You Suffered Ovarian Cancer Because of Talcum Powder Use?

If you have been notified that you have ovarian cancer and you used talcum powder frequently on your genitals, you may need some advice from an experienced attorney in your area who handles talcum powder cases. You could be entitled to compensation.