Personal Injury

Johnson and Johnson faces class action lawsuit over ovarian cancer risk linked to talcum powder

powder 3 435x326 Johnson and Johnson faces class action lawsuit over ovarian cancer risk linked to talcum powderA new class action lawsuit alleges that Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder is not safe and puts women who use it in their genital area at risk for ovarian cancer.

The lawsuit was filed by Denis Mikhlin and Erin Hoffmann in federal court. “As numerous studies have confirmed, Johnson’s Baby Powder leads to a significant increased risk of ovarian cancer. Women who used talc-based powders to powder their genital area have a 33 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer compared to those women who never used the powders,” the lawsuit states.

“Despite the potential catastrophic health consequences, defendants do not tell consumers about the dangers associated with the talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder. Instead, defendants continue to expressly and impliedly represent that the product is safe and intended for women to use the Baby Powder in the very manner most likely to result in an increased risk of ovarian cancer.”

Plaintiffs claim that the health care giant knew of the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer as early as 1982 but failed to warn consumers of this risk.

Earlier this year, a jury voted in favor of a woman who had filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claiming her longtime use of the company’s Shower to Shower powder for personal hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer. Three separate researchers studied cancerous tissue that had removed from her body and found talc, which they believe traveled up her vagina, into her uterus, up her fallopian tubes and to her ovaries.

Source: Courthouse News