Woman launches lawsuit linked to talcum-based Baby Powder

Studies suggest talcum powder is linked to a higher risk of ovarian cancer

A woman is seeking to gain class-action status for her lawsuit against talcum Baby Powder maker Johnson & Johnson, according to Injury Lawyer News. The lawsuit claims the Baby Powder maker ignored evidence that the talcum powder posed a significant risk of ovarian cancer to women. The lawsuit comes on the heels of other lawsuits launched against the company after research showed a 20 to 30 percent increase in the risk of ovarian cancer in women who used the product.

"Deceptive and fraudulent practices"

The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and seeks to represent all users of Johnson's Baby Powder in the state. The lawsuit alleges that the company knew for thirty years that Baby Powder could cause health problems in women but that the manufacturer continued to market the product as safe.

The woman claims her lawsuit is about more than just seeking compensation; rather, she wants to make sure women are protected from the potential hazards of talcum powder. The lawsuit claims that it wants to stop Johnson & Johnson from engaging in "deceptive and fraudulent commercial practices."

Lawsuits mount

This latest lawsuit comes on the heels of other lawsuits launched against the Baby Powder maker in recent months. As Fox 32 News recently reported, in October a South Dakota jury found Johnson & Johnson negligent for not properly informing its customers of the increased risk of ovarian cancer associated with its product. Since that verdict, various other class-action lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson, many of which could lead to the company paying substantial settlements.

Additionally, a study in the journal Cancer Prevention Research found that women who used talcum were 20 to 30 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer. Meanwhile, the International Agency for Research on Cancer recommends women use cornstarch-based products as a substitute since they describe talc powder as a "possible carcinogen."

Product liability lawsuits

As the above case shows, manufacturers who fail to heed evidence on the risk posed by their products can put consumers at significant risk. Unfortunately, in many cases, companies choose to put profits before the health and safety of their customers.

Anybody who may be the victim of a defective product or deceptive marketing should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Product liability lawsuits, especially since they are often launched against companies with vast financial and legal resources, are often complex and long lasting. With proper legal advice, victims of a defective product will have the best chance of holding a negligent manufacturer accountable for its actions.