Multi-Plaintiff Talc-Cancer Lawsuit Set for June in St. Louis
On June 5, 2017, the first multi-plaintiff lawsuit regarding the cancer risk of Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products will begin in Missouri state court. The five previous St. Louis trials involved a single plaintiff. Four of the five previous trials resulted in plaintiffs verdicts of over $300 million combined. A May article in the financial magazine Barron’s reported Johnson & Johnson, “faces a deepening legal crisis connected to the product” (barrons.com).
These trials center on Johnson & Johnson’s negligence in failing to warn their customers about decades of studies linking the talc-containing personal hygiene products it produced to an increased risk for ovarian cancer. When products such as its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Absorbent Body Powder® are used for personal feminine hygiene, particles of talc are able to migrate to the ovaries and cultivate ovarian cancer.
The June 5 trial will concern claims brought by the families of three women from Virginia, Texas and Missouri. All three women used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products in the manner described above for decades and have now died from ovarian cancer. The defendants are Johnson & Johnson and their talc supplier Imerys Talc America.
Attorney Ted Meadows told Courtroom View Network the women had similar medical histories and that he didn’t expect the trail to take much longer than those with single plaintiffs (blog.cvn.com). He added:
This approach may also provide a rationale for the legal teams and the court to consider similar multi-plaintiff trials in the future, and in our view more effectively gain justice for the thousands of women and their families who have suffered with this tragic and preventable diagnosis.
Valeant Pharmaceutical Company Wants J&J to Pay Legal Fees for Shower to Shower Lawsuits
Valeant acquired Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower Absorbent Body Powder® in 2012 and is now facing 33 lawsuits relating to the product’s carcinogenic properties. On May 9, Valeant’s first quarter earnings call revealed the pharmaceutical giant believes Johnson & Johnson should compensate it for the cost of its legal defense, according to New Brunswick Today (newbrunswicktoday.com). On top of the Shower to Shower Absorbent Body Powder® lawsuits, Valeant is already facing numerous suits and investigations relating to insider trading, product liability, drug pricing, employee compensation, questionable online pharmacy practices and other issues.
The Miller Firm is presently accepting clients who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products. If this has happened to you, we encourage you to visit our Talcum Powder Lawsuit page and request a free consultation. Or, please call the Miller Firm at 1-800-882-2525.