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Judge Dismisses Baby Powder Class Action in California

Judge Dismisses Baby Powder Class Action in California

March 30, 2015 — A proposed class action lawsuit on behalf of all women who purchased Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder has been dismissed by a federal judge in California, according to Law360.

The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of California by Mona Estrada, a woman who used baby powder for feminine hygiene purposes since 1950. She claims Johnson & Johnson knew about the risk of ovarian cancer as early as 1982, but continued to market the product as “safe” for daily use.

Judge Troy L. Nunley tossed these claims after finding that Estrada “fails to identify any specific statements about safety.”

Her lawsuit also proposed economic loss claims on behalf of all women who were misled into purchasing a product they trusted. Judge Nunley tossed these claims, finding that Estrada must have received the “benefit-of-the-bargain” because she continued to buy the product:

“Plaintiff used the Baby Powder for decades presumably because Plaintiff enjoyed the benefits of elimination of friction on the skin, absorption of unwanted excess moisture, and maintenance of freshness. Her continued purchase of the Baby Powder suggests that Plaintiff indeed received such benefits from the Baby Powder and believed it was worth the price.”

She can file an amended complaint within 30 days.

Estrada did not actually develop ovarian cancer, but plenty of lawsuits have been filed by women who did.

In October 2013, Johnson & Johnson lost a trial involving a woman who used Shower-to-Shower for over 30 years. The woman, Deane Berg, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006. The jury in South Dakota agreed that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn about the link between talcum powder and cancer.

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