If there was any doubt in the minds of the public concerning the alleged cancer-causing nature of Johnson & Johnson baby powder products, a recent $4.7 billion jury verdict against the corporation could be enough to tip the scales of public opinion.
In the lawsuit, which jurors decided in the first half of July 2018, the cases of 22 women who contracted ovarian cancer came before the court. The plaintiffs presented evidence from expert testimony and medical and scientific tests to prove their cases, claiming that their prolonged application of Johnson & Johnson talcum-based baby powder caused them to develop ovarian cancer. The jury agreed based on the evidence presented that the baby powder did cause their cancer.
The medical community has long-suspected a link between talcum-based and ovarian cancer. Thousands of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson have also claimed the same. This lawsuit, however, was the first to illuminate the connection between talcum and asbestos.
Talcum is a mined, naturally-occurring mineral. Unfortunately, much of the talcum found in nature also contains asbestos. When asbestos-contaminated talcum is applied to the body — especially to private areas in women — it can enter the body and find its ways to the ovaries.
During the lawsuit, the plaintiffs showed evidence that the victims with ovarian cancer had asbestos fibers in their ovaries. Tragically, some of the women at the center of the lawsuit had already died from their cancer. Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson continues to claim that its talcum-based baby powders are safe.
If you know someone who contracted ovarian cancer, you might want to inform them — or their family members if the individual died — about the causal link between ovarian cancer and talcum-based baby powders. If the right factual circumstances are present, it might be possible to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim.