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Plaintiffs’ attorneys will keep fighting to warn consumers of talc cancer risk

After three consecutive losses in Missouri courts last year, where Johnson and Johnson’s talc-containing products were found to have contributed to the development of three separate women’s ovarian cancer, on Friday, a Missouri jury decided on behalf of the defendants, Johnson and Johnson and talc supplier, Imerys Talc America. According to Law360 plaintiff Nora Daniels, who was chosen by the defense as the next plaintiff to have her case go to trial, was unable to convince the jury that the ovarian cancer she suffered in 2013 was connected to her 38 years of daily using Johnson and Johnson’s talcum powder. ... Read More

‘Start Making Noise’ this March by raising awareness about ovarian cancer

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the UK. Target Ovarian Cancer, the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity, is working together with women with ovarian cancer, their family and friends, parliament, health care, the media and others to lead campaigns for early diagnosis, increasing treatment options through funding life-saving research, and building community among women with ovarian cancer. “When a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage, her chance of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more doubles from just 46 percent to more than 90 percent. However, nearly half of GPs mistakenly believe symptoms only present in the ... Read More

Ethicon loses appeal in $3 million pelvic mesh verdict

Johnson and Johnson unit Ethicon is unhappy with and petitioning against the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision to uphold a $3.27 million jury verdict in the second Ethicon pelvic mesh bellwether trial. This was the first of the 31,676 lawsuits to go to trial in the New Jersey multidistrict litigation against Ethicon related to the mesh devices. The trial, which concluded on Sept. 5, 2014. involved plaintiffs Jo and Allen Huskey, who alleged that because of a design defect in Mrs. Huskey’s TVT-O sling she experienced severe pain. The sling had eroded and surgery could not completely remove ... Read More

Talc industry influenced regulatory agencies’ public opinion of talc safety, lawyers claim

The first talc trial of the new year is underway in Missouri and Law360 is closely following the proceedings. Johnson and Johnson and talc provider Imerys Talc America are being sued by Nora Daniels, who blames Johnson’s Baby Powder for the ovarian cancer she developed after years of using it for feminine hygiene. Last year St. Louis courts held Johnson and Johnson responsible in three similar cases, ordering the company to pay damages of nearly $200 million. Imerys was also found liable in the most recent of the three trials. According to Law360, in the opening arguments the plaintiffs’ attorney ... Read More

Cosmetics trade group named as defendant in J&J talc ovarian cancer cases

Named as a defendant in some of the more than 70 cases that are consolidated in the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) alleging a link between talc use for feminine hygiene and ovarian cancer is a non-profit cosmetics trade association. The association is, according to plaintiffs’ attorneys leading the MDL, largely funded by industry, including Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, which supplies talc to J&J. Law360 reports that the Personal Care Products Council has filed a motion to dismiss allegations against it, saying that its lobbying and public relations activities are protected by the First Amendment. “This motion by the ... Read More

FDA launches talc ovarian cancer research study

Chemical Watch reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has initiated two projects in response to questions about the safety of talcum powder for feminine hygiene that have arisen in the wake of lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson. Three Missouri juries last year found the company responsible for women’s ovarian cancer and ordered J&J pay plaintiffs and their families damages of $72 million, $55 million and $70 million respectively. In one of the cases talc supplier Imerys Talc was also held liable. Hundreds more women are suing the company across the country in both state and federal court. ... Read More

Fourth Missouri talc trial is underway as Johnson and Johnson faces ovarian cancer claims

The fourth talc trial in Missouri is underway. Johnson and Johnson will again defend the safety of its talcum powder products, when three times last year in the same court it was found to be responsible for women’s ovarian cancer. Juries came down hard on the corporate giant with massive punitive damages for not warning consumers of its products’ cancer risk. Between all three trials the company was hit with $177 million in punitive damages alone. “A lot of what is at stake at this trial is, do plaintiffs have a ‘case in a box’ — do they have a ... Read More

California Judge sets first J&J talc trial for July

A date has been set for the first of the California talc trials in that state’s coordinated litigation, which was created in June last year. In early July, plaintiff Eva Echeverria will be the first to see her case go to trial of the more than 300 plaintiffs who are suing Johnson and Johnson and talc supplier Imerys Talc America Inc. in California state court alleging that the companies’ talcum powder products are responsible for the development of their ovarian cancer. According to Law360, Echeverria’s complaint notes two early studies revealing an association between talc and ovarian cancer, one dating ... Read More

Another study finds talc increases ovarian cancer risk 20 percent

As Johnson and Johnson has continued to claim that decades of science backs the safety of its talcum powder products in the face of massive jury verdicts to the contrary, the public has been getting the message about the products’ links to ovarian cancer. Researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital’s Tisch Cancer Institute in Manhattan set out to examine the science that currently exists and formally evaluate the alleged association between talc and ovarian cancer. They performed a meta-analysis of epidemiological studies that have already been done on the subject, 24 case-control studies and three cohort studies. All the studies combined studied ... Read More

California talc litigation update

In California there are more than 300 plaintiffs involved in a coordinated litigation against Johnson and Johnson and talc supplier Imerys Talc America Inc.. The lawsuit was created in June last year by women represented by over 30 different attorneys, who allege their development of ovarian cancer was caused by the “wrongful conduct” of the defendants — the “unreasonably dangerous and defective nature” of talcum powder when used in the female genital area, Law360 reports. Meanwhile in New Jersey, federal lawsuits that were filed across the country have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). Leadership for this MDL was appointed in ... Read More