Beasley Allen lawyers Ted Meadows, David Dearing, Danielle Mason and Ryan Kral on Sept. 26 began trying the third talcum powder lawsuit in St. Louis, Mo. The Plaintiff, Deborah Giannecchini, sued Johnson & Johnson, alleging that Johnson & Johnson failed to not warn that using its Baby Powder for feminine hygiene could cause ovarian cancer. Earlier this year, separate St. Louis juries awarded verdicts to of our two other clients of $72 million and $55 million, respectively. Jurors found in each case that talc exposure caused ovarian cancer and that Johnson & Johnson had failed to warn of the risk. We expect Ms. Giannecchini’s case to be over by the time this issue is received.
Currently there are more than 800 similar cases filed in the City of St. Louis Circuit Court. Our firm is working on the Giannecchini case with the law firms of Allen Smith; Onder, Shelton, O’Leary, and Peterson, LLC; and Porter Malouf. Ted Meadows and Allen Smith are co-lead counsel in this litigation.
An estimated 25,000 women are diagnosed each year with ovarian cancer, and more than 15,000 die as a result. The disease strikes about one in 70 women, though studies show that women who use talc-containing products on their genitals as a daily hygiene habit have a 30 to 60 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. In the last 34 years (since the time of the first epidemiological study in 1982), approximately 127,500 women have died as a result of ovarian cancer that could be attributed to talcum powder use on the genitals. It has been projected that an estimated 1,500 women will die within the next year as a result of talc use.
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 genital use of talcum powder. If you have any questions regarding these cases, or about the talc litigation generally, contact Ted Meadows, the lead talc lawyer in our Mass Torts Section, at Ted.Meadows@beasleyallen.com or 800-898-2034.
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