September 30, 2016 — Jury selection is underway in the third talcum powder lawsuit to proceed to trial in St. Louis.
The plaintiff, Deborah Giannecchini, is a hospital secretary who says 45 years of using Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene caused her to develop cancer.
She began using it as a teenager in 1967 and continued until she was diagnosed with metastatic ovarian cancer in 2012.
After undergoing chemotherapy and a hysterectomy, she filed a lawsuit accusing Johnson & Johnson of failing to warn woman about the risks of using talcum powder in the genital area.
St. Louis Circuit Court is known for fast trials and big jury awards — $72 million was awarded in February to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer. In May, another jury awarded $55 million to a cancer survivor who used baby powder for over 40 years.
Hundreds of similar lawsuits are now pending in St. Louis. According to Bloomberg, a quirk in Missouri law allows up to 99 people from other states to file lawsuits so long as one lawsuit is filed by a local resident.
The city has been inundated with advertisements from lawyers seeking local plaintiffs. Between March and May 2016, nearly 25% of all ads for talcum powder cases aired in St. Louis.
Last month, lawyers for Johnson & Johnson requested a change of venue at least 100 miles away from St. Louis. They said the jury pool was unfairly tainted by advertisements and media coverage of previous jury awards.
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