It is with a heavy heart that I must report on the death of our client, Jacqueline Fox. This brave lady passed away on Oct. 6, 2015, after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. In August, we reported that Ms. Fox would be our first state court talc trial Plaintiff. Her son Marvin Salter will now be her representative in the trial, which is still scheduled to start on Feb. 1, 2016, in the Circuit Court of The City of St. Louis, Mo.
Ms. Fox was 59 years of age when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Since then, she went through multiple surgeries and chemotherapy regimens. Ms. Fox used Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for female hygiene for more than 35 years. Johnson & Johnson failed to warn her about the risk of ovarian cancer. To this day, those products provide no mention of the risk of cancer even though the talc mining company has been providing Johnson & Johnson with a warning of such a risk since 2006. In addition, the medical literature has suggested a risk of ovarian cancer as far back as the 1970s.
Two of the experts in our case in St. Louis are Harvard doctors. One, an epidemiologist, was the first to publish confirmation of the risk of ovarian cancer from genital talc use in 1982. The other, a pathologist, used a scanning electron microscope to look at the cancerous ovarian tissue removed from Ms. Fox, which revealed the presence of talc particles.
In other talc litigation news, the New Jersey State Court system has now consolidated all talc ovarian cancer cases in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Atlantic County, in front of Judge Nelson Johnson. The first trial in New Jersey is set to start on July 13, 2016.
Our firm is working on the Fox case with the law firms of Onder, Shelton, O’Leary, and Peterson, LLC, Allen Smith, and Porter Malouf. Ted Meadows, Danielle Mason and David Dearing from our firm, along with this writer, are on the trial team in this very important case in St. Louis.
As I have indicated before, lawyers in our firm’s Mass Torts Section are heavily involved in litigating cases on behalf of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer following the use of talcum powder in the genital area. If you have any questions regarding these cases, or about the talc litigation generally, contact Ted Meadows, who is in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, at Ted.Meadows@beasleyallen.com or 800-898-2034.
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