Another Talcum Powder Lawsuit Filed In California
After at least five Johnson & Johnson's baby powder lawsuits were filed in California in June, the latest claim was reportedly submitted before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on July 8.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - The number of talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits in California continues to rise, as a new claim was filed before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on July 8. The latest baby powder cancer lawsuit shares similar claim with the more than 1,200 claims pending nationwide against Johnson & Johnson for not sufficiently warning consumers of the reported links between its talcum powder products and ovarian cancer. The plaintiff, Dolores Gould, filed 13 counts of wrongdoing against Johnson & Johnson, including the failure to warn consumers, negligence, breach of express warranty, and a number of other infractions related to the company's handling of the information suggesting a causal link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
The claim is the latest of a string of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder cancer lawsuits to be filed in California in recent months. In June alone, at least five talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits were filed in the state, most of them before the California Superior Court for Los Angeles County. Though the most recent claim that was filed by Ms. Gould will be heard before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the June lawsuits, plus a handful already filed in 2016, are likely indicative of increased attention on talcum powder cancer lawsuits in the state.
Currently, most of the country's talcum powder cancer attorneys have been filing cases in New Jersey, where Johnson & Johnson is headquartered, and St. Louis, where two cases have already reached trial this year. The recent spike in claims along the west coast could indicate that California could be rising as another center for talcum powder cancer litigation.
The baby powder cancer lawsuit filed by Ms. Gould claims that she used talcum powder products for nearly all her life and was never warned by Johnson & Johnson of the decades of medical research that had been conducted into the causal relationship between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. In the lawsuit, her Johnson & Johnson's baby powder cancer lawyer points out that these investigations into the correlation between ovarian cancer and talcum powder began in the 1970's and research continues to be published in 2016 supporting a link between baby powder and ovarian cancer. Most of the research studies find that when talcum powder is applied genitally by women on a regular basis, as was the case according to Ms. Gould's claim, the risk of their contraction of ovarian cancer increases. Some medical studies claim that increased risk can inflate by as much as 33 percent.
The plaintiffs in talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits nationwide claim that Johnson & Johnson should have been aware of this information and was negligent in their ignorance, or was aware of the talcum powder studies being conducted and intentionally refrained from warning consumers out of fear that doing so would damage the marketability of their talcum powder products.
Johnson & Johnson has maintained that it does not believe their baby powder products are linked to ovarian cancer, but every talcum powder lawsuit that has gone to trial thus far has found in favor of the plaintiff. Ms. Gould will hope to receive similar treatment at the resolution of her claim, and is seeking $75,000 in damages against Johnson & Johnson to compensate her for complications related to her ovarian cancer she claims the company could have worked harder to prevent.