Beasley Allen lawyers returned to St. Louis in early February to begin our fourth talcum powder trial. Our firm represents Ms. Nora Daniels, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2013 after having used Johnson & Johnson talc for more than 30 years. The case was a “Defense pick.” Beasley Allen has represented three prior Plaintiffs in talcum powder cases in St. Louis, totaling nearly $200 million in verdicts against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, the mining company which supplies talc to Johnson & Johnson.
Despite three prior trials, Johnson & Johnson still claims that its talcum powder products do not cause cancer. We – on behalf of Ms. Daniels – will counter this assertion by presenting the jury with evidence of studies dating back several decades showing an increased risk of ovarian cancer among genital talc users. Internal documents from its own files will demonstrate that the Defendants knew of these risks. At press time we were still putting on the Plaintiff’s case and Defense was expected to end its case in early March. The lawyers from our firm who are involved include Ted Meadows, Danielle Mason, David Dearing, Roger Smith, Ryan Beattie and Brittany Scott. Ted and Allen Smith are co-leads in the case.
Four additional talc trials are currently set to take place in St. Louis this year. Additional trials are scheduled in Washington, D.C. and California this summer as well. If you need more information on this subject, contact Brittany Scott, a lawyer in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Brittany.Scott@beasleyallen.com.
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