February 23, 2016 (St. Louis, MO) – Monday night's ruling by a St. Louis jury will have widespread implications that reach far into the future. For the family of Jacqueline Fox, who passed away in October following a 2.5 year battle with ovarian cancer, this verdict brings a form of resolution: Ms. Fox's son, Marvin Salter, explained his mother's intentions in filing a suit against Johnson & Johnson over the talcum powder ovarian cancer link: "It was a fight, so others were warned." Jackie Fox is gone, but her efforts, continued by her son after her death, will finally bring American women the warning they deserved decades ago.
But a warning comes too late for so many women. Leading the talcum powder litigation, The Onder Law Firm is representing women and the family members of women in hundreds of lawsuits filed in the State of Missouri who also have suffered from ovarian cancer after using talcum powder. An unknown number of women have suffered or died as a result of talcum powder ovarian cancer; how many, we will never know. The firm aims to hold Johnson & Johnson accountable for its failure to warn consumers of the cancer risk from talcum powder product such as Shower-to-Shower and Johnson's Baby Powder.
The jury in this case confirmed what scientists have found for years: that talcum powder, when used regularly by women for perineal dusting, can cause ovarian cancer. Johnson and Johnson was found guilty of fraud, negligence and conspiracy, among other charges, for concealing talcum powder cancer information from federal regulators and consumers alike.
As a result of the jury's harsh verdict against Johnson & Johnson, American consumers will finally learn that talcum powder can cause cancer. This revelation will damage the company's reputation as a purveyor of everyday goods that are safe enough for babies – and likely protect many women from a similar fate.
The outcome of the St. Louis case is significant for talcum powder lawsuits currently pending in St. Louis and New Jersey, too. This is the first case that has awarded damages in correlation with a verdict favoring the plaintiff. A 2013 talcum powder lawsuit confirmed that talcum powder had contributed to the plaintiff's cancer but awarded no damages. Johnson & Johnson continued to claim the product was safe following that verdict; the unprecedented $72 million awarded in Missouri ($62 million in punitive damages and $10 million in actual damages) will be impossible to sweep under the rug.
While scientists have been connecting talcum powder use by women to higher rates of ovarian cancer for four decades, the American public has remained doubtful of the connection. Internal company documents produced in this case reveal J&J had a hand in maintaining the public's skeptical attitude about talcum powder cancer. The company has been revealed for its betrayal of American consumers' trust, and the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer has finally been confirmed.
The Law Firm of Onder, Shelton, O'Leary & Peterson
Onder, Shelton, O'Leary & Peterson, LLC is a St. Louis based personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. Onder, Shelton, O'Leary & Peterson has represented clients throughout the United States, and other firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation. It is a recognized leader in products liability cases such as window blind cord strangulation and pharmaceutical litigation. For more information, visit www.onderlaw.com or call 1-877-ONDER-LAW.
As early as the 1970s, ovarian cancer experts have linked the routine use of baby powder for genital hygiene to an increased risk for contracting ovarian cancer. Putting any product that contains talc, including feminine body powders and talcum baby powders, on the genital area yields a 33% higher risk of cancer.
A wide variety of groups, ranging from cancer prevention organizations to states' health departments and even cosmetic industry representatives, have acknowledged the baby powder cancer link. Read the warnings links to numerous baby powder ovarian cancer warning statements.
If you or a loved one has suffered from ovarian cancer and have a history of using talcum powder, you may be eligible to participate in a Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit. Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits, which are NOT class action lawsuits, may ultimately prevent other women from suffering this tragedy.