Talcum Powder Class Action: What to Know

Johnson & Johnson, a well-known company popular for making child friendly products, has come under fire for knowingly continuing to market a product with a strong connection to ovarian cancer. The news was brought to public attention in 2016 when Johnson & Johnson lost two US talcum powder lawsuits and ordered to pay $55 million and $72 million US dollars by the court. A Class Action lawsuit has begun in Canada. Women who developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products can now come forward and claim for their sufferings and lost.

It first started with Johnson and Johnson lost in talcum powder cancer lawsuit against South Dakota woman, Gloria Ristesund who claimed that Johnson talcum powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict was $55 million US dollars under St.Louis court decision. Then in the same year, Johnson and Johnson lost in another talcum powder lawsuit against Jacqueline Fox, a woman who died of ovarian cancer from using company’s talcum powder product. St. Louis court ordered the company to pay $72 million US dollars to Fox’s family.

After the win of talcum powder cancer lawsuit, more than 1,200 lawsuits are pending in state and Federal court in United State. In both successful lawsuits, the jury found the company knew of the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, but failed to warn the public. This led to lawyers on behalf of women in Canada filing a class-action suit against the company. They too, like the American women, developed ovarian cancer after using the powder.

Understanding the Connection between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

According to researchers, prolong use of talcum powder can lead to ovarian cancer with the risks increasing for women who regularly apply the powder to their under garments and sanitary napkins by 33 percent. Even when the evidence was presented in court, the company has maintained its innocence, denying any existence of such connection. They have also not given any warning on their products. At this moment, in the United States, over 1200 lawsuits against the company are pending with more every week. The situation is similar in Canada, as more and more women begin to establish a link between talcum powder and their ovarian cancer.

Do You Find Yourself Being Wronged, If Yes, How Can We Help?

In May 2016, class action lawsuits were started in Quebec and Ontario. In the United States, the many lawsuits will likely be transferred to the Federal Court to be managed as Multi District Litigation (MDL).

Unfortunately, Canadians will not be able to make claims in the US where people are likely to receive greater compensation. This means they will have to be involved in the Class Action to get compensation through the Canadian courts.

People need a firm with experience and Miskin Law has represented hundreds of clients in other class action cases and is also working to get compensation for victims who get cancer from asbestos wich is very similar to talc. After years representing those hurt from asbestos cancer, we can do the same in cases involving talcum powder. Miskin Law has helped Canadians in cases where exposure to asbestos caused mesothelioma cancer and we have been able to get our clients compensation from the United States in those cases.

Now, we are also representing clients who want to make a claim against companies whose products contain talcum powder. As part of the Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, we have access to a wealth of information about US research and documents from the American court proceedings, thus making us a stronger ally for women exposed to talcum powder who developed ovarian cancer.

We are working with lawyers from both the United States and Canada so we can build a strong case about lack of disclosure of the risk. If you or any female family member used talcum powder regardless of the brand for four and more years and have developed ovarian cancer, we want to help you.

To see if we have a case, we will obtain and review your pathology reports. Contact as at 1-877-428-8000 for a no cost and no obligation consultation.

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