**Talcum Powder Lawsuit Update** $55 Million Jury Award
On October 27, 2016, Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, CA, was awarded $70 million by a St. Louis jury. Mrs. Giannecchini was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, after years of using Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder. This is the third large, individual amount that has been awarded to women and their families stemming from talcum powder lawsuits.
On May 2, 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded $55 million to a South Dakota woman who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using hygiene products containing talcum powder. This was the second large judgement ordered against New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson in three months. In February 2016, another jury awarded the family of an Alabama woman $72 million after she died of ovarian cancer, which she claimed was caused by using J & J's Baby Powder and other products containing talcum.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs in these cases argued that research has shown an association between talcum powder use and an increased incidence of certain types of cancer. Several studies in the 1970s were aimed at exploring this connection, and internal documents suggest that J & J were aware of the investigation. Attorneys went on to claim that J & J not only knew about this danger, but that they chose to target groups who were at a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer, specifically marketing their products to overweight women and minorities.
A History of Harmful Ingredients
For years, talcum powder has been used in many cosmetic and personal care products. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies the use of these products as "possibly carcinogenic to humans". Despite multiple studies finding connections between talcum-based products and increased incidences of cancer, J & J continued to market Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower® to the general public. J & J has come under scrutiny before concerning harmful ingredients in their products. In 2009, many activist groups began pushing the company to abandon other possible carcinogens from their products. The company agreed to eliminate all of the ingredients in question after three years of petitions and boycott threats.
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J & J now faces over 1,200 claims in the talcum powder lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum-based products, please contact an experienced attorney to explore your legal rights. You may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer of these products.