Talcum Powder Lawsuits Continue, As Johnson & Johnson Seeks Dismissal of Certain Ovarian Cancer Claims, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports
June 02, 2016 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsJune 2, 2016 - Hundreds of talcum powder lawsuits (http://www.rxinjuryhelp.com/talcum-powder/lawsuit/) that accuse Johnson & Johnson of failing to warn women about the alleged association between its talc-based powders and ovarian cancer continue to move forward in courts around the U.S. According to a Motion filed in the California Superior Court for Los Angeles County on May 25th, the Company is seeking the dismissal of an ovarian cancer case recently filed by the husband of a woman who died from the disease in 2012. Johnson & Johnson asserts that the claim lacks personal jurisdiction, and that the plaintiff has failed to establish that the decedent was a resident of California, ever purchased or used Johnson & Johnson's talc-based powders in the state, or developed or was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in California. (Case No. BC617311)
According to court documents filed on May 20th in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, Johnson & Johnson has removed a multi-party talcum powder lawsuit involving 80 individual plaintiffs to federal court. The Removal Notice also disclosed that a motion has been filed in state court that seeks to dismiss the 77 non-Missouri plaintiffs named in the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction. (Case No. 16-007330)
"Our Firm continues to evaluate potential legal cases on behalf of women who were allegedly diagnosed with ovarian cancer following regular, repeated use of Johnson & Johnson's talc-based powders for feminine hygiene. We will be monitoring similar cases closely for any issues or developments relevant to our clients' claims," says Sandy A. Liebhard, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective medical devices, drugs and consumer products. The Firm is offering free legal reviews to women whose talcum powder use may have contributed to the development of ovarian cancer.
Talcum Powder Litigation
Millions of women have long incorporated talcum powder products into their daily feminine hygiene routine. But a number of studies conducted since the early 1970s have suggested that the regular and repeated application of talc-based powders to the genitals may contribute to the development of ovarian cancer. Just this past December, research published in the journal Epidemiology reported that women who routinely applied talcum powder to their genitals, underwear, sanitary napkins and tampons had a 33 percent higher risk of ovarian cancer. The study compared 2,041 women with ovarian cancer and 2,100 similar women who did not have the disease, all of whom were surveyed about their talcum powder use.
Court documents indicate that Johnson & Johnson is a defendant in more than 1,200 talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits that are now pending in courts around the country. Last month, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri, awarded $55 million in compensatory and punitive damages to an ovarian cancer victim who used Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder and other talc-based powders for nearly 40 years as part of her feminine hygiene routine. (Case No. 1422-CC09012-01)
In February, another St. Louis jury awarded $72 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. Prior to her diagnosis, the decedent had regularly applied Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower to the genital area for more than three decades. (Case No. 1422-CC09012-01)
Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer following the long-term, regular use of talc-based products for feminine hygiene purposes may be eligible to file their own talcum powder lawsuit. To learn more, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website, or call 800-511-5092 to arrange for a free, no obligation case review.
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Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $3.5 billion on behalf of our clients. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is honored to once again be named to The National Law Journal's "Plaintiffs' Hot List," recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country. This year's nomination marks the thirteenth year the firm has been named to this prestigious annual list.
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Sandy A. Liebhard, Esq.
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