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Defective Products Liabiity

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer from using Johnson and Johnson Talcum Powder?

If so, you may have a right to seek damages.



St. Louis Juries Continue to Send Message to Johnson & Johnson:
Talcum Products Are Dangerous, You Knew It, and You Should Have Warned

Since February 2016 four juries in St. Louis, Missouri have found that Johnson & Johnson talc products were a contributing cause of ovarian cancer in the women who brought suit. The jury verdicts have ranged from $72 million to over $110 million dollars per case. In each case, the jury found that J&J acted with reckless disregard for the health of the women, who used baby powder or Shower-to-Shower as part of their daily hygiene.

Talc is a naturally occurring mineral that is widely used in cosmetics and personal care products to absorb moisture and cut down of friction. Johnson & Johnson has long promoted its talc-containing powders to adults and children for use over the whole body including in the genital area, for all-day freshness. A catchy commercial jingle reached millions of female consumers, touting “a sprinkle a day helps keep odor away.”

Yet, more than two dozen studies dating from the early 1970’s document a significantly increased risk of ovarian cancer for women who consistently used the talcum powder for intimate personal hygiene.

A 1971 paper noted a possible connection between ovarian cancer and talc based in part on examination of ovarian tumors. Researchers found that a majority of the tumors appeared to have particles of talc embedded in them. A study published in 1982 in the journal Cancer provided supporting research linking the powder to ovarian cancer. Since then, more than 20 studies have shown similar cause-effect relationships.

Most recently, a 2016 paper published in the journal Epidemiology corroborates and strengthens the previous findings. The study authors examined data of over 2000 ovarian cancer cases and a similar number of “controls.” They found that overall, genital talc use increased the risk of ovarian cancer by over 30 percent, and that the risk increased with increasing years of exposure.

J&J has known of this science for decades. Yet, it continued to promote use of its talc-containing products to women. Now, even with four juries punishing J&J with verdicts totaling more than $300 million dollars, the company still refuses to take responsibility for its customers’ safety by informing them of the dangers of talc use – or withdrawing these products, which provide no therapeutic benefit whatsoever, from the market.

A trial involving the claims of five women will begin in St. Louis in June, 2017. Another trial is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles in July, 2017. The thousands of women and their families who have brought these cases hope to bring J&J to justice and to see safeguards put in place so that in the future, women do not unknowingly place their health at grave risk.

If you or someone you love has developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder or Shower-to-Shower powder for genital hygiene, contact the Corrie Yackulic Law Firm now for a free consultation and case analysis.

Seattle attorney Corrie Yackulic has many years of experience representing women and men who have been harmed by dangerous drugs and medical products. She and her team have represented dozens of women or their surviving family members in lawsuits based on injury or wrongful death caused by the makers of certain oral contraceptives, IUDs, transvaginal mesh, SSRI anti-depressant drugs, pain pumps, and other such products. Corrie Yackulic Law takes cases only in Washington State, where Corrie knows Washington's unique product liability laws, knows many of the treating doctors in the region, and is familiar with local court rules.

Her clients are not “claims” but human beings with real stories, real medical and personal histories, and real injuries and needs. Some out-of-state law firms are advertising on cable TV and radio, urging you to contact them. Instead, choose a local, Washington law firm with experience and a record of success representing women harmed by dangerous and defective products.

When you call Corrie Yackulic Law PLLC, you will speak confidentially with a woman who will treat you kindly and sympathetically. The call is FREE. Don't wait - call 206-787-1915. Or, tell us about your situation by filling out the Contact Us Info Box and we will get back to you within 24 hours.