Tagged Articles

Johnson and Johnson 303 articles

Next St. Louis talc-ovarian cancer trial to start in June

It’s been just over two weeks since the conclusion of the last trial in St. Louis against Johnson and Johnson over the ovarian cancer risk connected to its talc-containing products. In that trial the Missouri jury found the company and its talc provider, Imerys, to be responsible for the development of plaintiff Lois Slemp’s ovarian tumors. She had used Johnson and Johnson products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene for four decades prior to being diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Slemp’s was the fifth bellwether trial to be held in the state, where thousands ... Read More

Studies suggest cranberries could help women with ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is the most deadly cancer of the female reproductive system and the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women. According to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance the survival rate is much lower than that of other cancers affecting women; the relative five-year survival rate is 46.246 percent. This deadly cancer has been in the news recently with high-profile lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson accusing the health-care company of knowingly marketing products that increase ovarian cancer risk. Johnson and Johnson has lost four of the five lawsuits that have gone before St. Louis juries in the last ... Read More

Should women stop using Baby Powder because of cancer risk?

In light of a fourth St. Louis jury verdict finding Johnson and Johnson’s talc products to blame for the development of a woman’s ovarian cancer, Tech Times asks if women should stop using baby powder. The website acknowledges the juries’ recent decisions in favor of the plaintiffs who claimed that their decades of using talc products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower caused their ovarian cancer. In fact these juries not only validated these women’s claims, they also chose to impugn heavy penalties on Johnson and Johnson and talc provider Imerys Talc America, with verdicts totaling $307 ... Read More

$110 million verdict links talc to ovarian cancer; Fourth plaintiff win

Johnson and Johnson has been hit with its biggest talc verdict yet. Yesterday, after 10 hours of deliberations, a St. Louis jury awarded more than $110 million to plaintiff Lois Slemp, who alleged her four decades of daily use of the company’s talc-containing products were responsible for the development of her ovarian tumors. Law360 reports that the jury found in favor of plaintiff Lois Slemp on all of her claims, which included conspiracy, breach of implied warranty and negligence. The defendants, Johnson and Johnson, its Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. unit and its talc supplier, co-defendant Imerys Talc America Inc., ... Read More

Lawyer urges jury to hold J&J accountable in talc trial

The jury has been deliberating since yesterday over evidence presented in the fifth St. Louis talc trial. Plaintiff Lois Slemp blames her four decades of daily use of Johnson and Johnson’s talc-containing products for the development of her ovarian tumors, diagnosed in 2012. She is one of thousands of women who have brought suits against the pharmaceutical giant for not warning them of the decades of studies linking talc to increased risk for ovarian cancer. Law360 reports that in closing arguments Slemp’s attorney Allen Smith of The Smith Law Firm said, “These defendants instead of just letting the science dictate ... Read More

Out-of-state claims argument quashed in mesh, talc litigation

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in January to take up two jurisdiction related appeals, Boston Scientific Corp. and Johnson and Johnson unit Ethicon Inc. both filed motions arguing that the results of these pending appeals could force out-of-state plaintiffs out of the Philadelphia County pelvic mesh mass tort program. This consolidated litigation has been handling allegations of injuries caused by defective pelvic mesh products since February 2014, and Ethicon has had to pay damages of $26 million after losing two trials. Ethicon hoped to stay 106 cases by out-of-state plaintiffs, mentioned in its motion, and BSC, six. ... Read More

Woman with ovarian cancer testifies against J&J in fifth talc trial

Lois Slemp, the fifth plaintiff to go to trial in the past two years alleging Johnson and Johnson’s talc products caused her ovarian cancer, was too sick to testify in court last week. Ms. Slemp is one of thousands of women who are suing J&J and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, alleging the companies knew of the link between ovarian cancer and talc use for feminine hygiene but failed to warn women. The St. Louis jury saw audio testimony from Ms. Slemp that was recorded during her deposition in July 2016. Law360 reports that she said she saw ads for ... Read More

Jury learns talc can travel; particles found in ovarian tissue

The fifth Missouri talc trial is currently underway. Sixty-one-year-old plaintiff Lois Slemp alleges that her ovarian cancer is caused by four decades of using Johnson and Johnson’s talc products for feminine hygiene and she claims that J&J and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America should have warned her of the products’ cancer risk. Law360 reports that on the ninth day of the trial plaintiff’s expert witness Laura M. Plunkett, a pharmacology and toxicology expert and former pharmaceutical industry consultant, “told a Missouri jury Friday that it is indisputable that particles, such as talc, can enter the female reproductive system from ... Read More

Why are women suing Johnson and Johnson over Baby Powder?

Johnson and Johnson relies primarily on two studies in its argument that talc does not cause ovarian cancer. Compare this to the more than 20 epidemiological studies showing the mineral is hazardous that plaintiffs’ attorneys claim date back to the 1930s, according to the National Law Journal. Beasley Allen law firm has been involved in the talc ovarian cancer lawsuits since R. Allen Smith, lead counsel in the first talc case to go before a jury in 2013, co-counseled with them to assist with the growing number of claims that would likely follow his significant initial win. Indeed those claims did come in. Beasley ... Read More

Talc litigation asks when to warn consumers of health risks

An attorney analyzing the legal landscape for the Claims Journal used the talc litigation to examine the issue of failure to warn. He concluded that manufacturers and their insurers can’t assume that the argument that they are waiting on a scientific consensus about an alleged risk associated with their product will protect them from liability. In spite of the fact that scientists are still studying the effects of talc on the female reproductive system and that there is debate over how to interpret the decades of research that has already been done, three juries in 2016 found Johnson and Johnson to be liable ... Read More