Last month we reported on the lack of governmental oversight of the cosmetic industry and the intense efforts by those companies to keep it that way. I also pondered whether this played a role in talcum powder causing ovarian cancer. As stated, our law firm has been investigating and filing lawsuits on behalf of women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer following the use of talcum powder on the genital area.
Since last month our firm has also filed consumer class actions in California and Missouri against Johnson & Johnson alleging that its baby powder products significantly increase the risk of ovarian cancer and that the company continues to fail in disclosing this to the public, all the while making money off of an unknowing public. Indeed, we have found that many women have bought and used talcum powder for decades and believed it to be safe.
But the fact is that studies have shown talcum powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer for those women who use it on the genital area, and the only warnings provided on the label tell consumers to keep the powder away from eyes, avoid inhalation and only use it externally. As a result of these misrepresentations and omissions, many have purchased a product that is potentially lethal.
These particular class actions are not filed on behalf of anyone who suffered personal injury as a result of the use of talcum powder; however, we are also investigating many individual cases of personal injury. We have found that many women have taken the advice of the company to use their talcum products on a daily basis. While the label says it is safe for use on women as well as babies, the fact is that Johnson & Johnson has known since at least 1982 of studies showing that women who used talcum powder on the genital area had a higher risk of ovarian cancer. In fact, a Harvard doctor, Daniel Cramer, M.D.,Sc.D., authored one such study and was contacted by a Johnson & Johnson doctor in 1982. At that time, Dr. Cramer told the company that it should add a warning label to the bottle.
So far, only one personal injury case has gone to trial. The jury in that case found that talcum powder caused Deane Berg’s ovarian cancer and that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn of the risk. Allen Smith, Tim Porter and Patrick Malouf, lawyers from Jackson, Miss., did an excellent job of working up and trying that case. They have been working for the past six years to bring this hazard to the attention of the public. We at Beasley Allen were honored when these lawyers reached out to us after the Berg trial and invited our firm to join them in prosecuting these cases. We are glad to be able to help in the quest to expose this public hazard and the Johnson & Johnson cover-up.
If you have any questions regarding the personal injury cases our firm is handling, contact Ted Meadows, a lawyer in the firm’s Mass Torts Section, at Ted.Meadows@beasleyallen.com. Ted is the lead lawyer in this litigation for our firm. If you would like further information about the class action cases on this subject we are handling, contact Dee Miles, who heads up the firm’s Consumer Fraud Section, at Dee.Miles@beasleyallen.com. You may also reach these lawyers by phone at 800-898-2034.
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