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Talc Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Filed in New Jersey

November 19, 2014 — A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of a woman who used talc powder and developed ovarian cancer, according to the New Jersey Law Journal.

The plaintiff, Janice Chakalos, used Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower-to-Shower, and GoldBond Powder to freshen her perineum. She reported using the products from childhood until 2011, falsely believing they were safe for feminine hygiene purposes.

Chakalos was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2010, at the age of 63. Two years later, she passed away from the disease. Her husband filed the lawsuit in federal court in New Jersey on November 11, 2014.

According to the complaint, Johnson & Johnson has failed to warn consumers about decades of evidence linking talcum powder with ovarian cancer, including at least 21 studies published since 1982.

Many of these studies indicate that talcum powder can migrate through the vagina, fallopian tubes, and into the ovaries, where irritating asbestos-like fibers of talc irritate tissues and increase the risk of cancer.

In October 2013, a South Dakota jury agreed that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn about ovarian cancer. However, the jury did not award damages to the plaintiff, a 56 year-old woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Shower-to-Shower for over 30 years.

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