Just last month, a class action was filed in California. This class action has been filed in federal court on behalf of Missouri residents who purchased Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder in the last five years.
Plaintiffs Denis Mikhlin and Erin Hoffman allege that the company failed to warn about the potential risk of ovarian cancer in women who use baby powder daily in the genital area. Talcum, the soft mineral in baby powder, can potentially migrate from the vagina into the ovaries. According to the complaint:
“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.”
In October 2013, Johnson & Johnson lost a lawsuit after a jury in South Dakota found that the company failed to warn about the risk of ovarian cancer. The jury did not award compensation because they did not find that baby powder was defective without a warning label. Even so, three more lawsuits have been filed this year.
Lawyers presented evidence that Johnson & Johnson has known about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer for decades. They cited a study published in 1982 that found a three-fold increased risk of ovarian cancer. More recent studies have found that women who use talcum in the genital area on a daily basis are 33% more likely to develop ovarian cancer.
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