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$4.7 Billion Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson for Carcinogenic Talcum Powder

July 20, 2018 Talcum Powder Litigation 0 Comments

baby powder talcumA Missouri jury recently awarded $4.7 billion in damages to 22 women who claimed that they had developed ovarian cancer as a result of their using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder. Those women represent a small fraction of the more than 4,800 women who have brought similar lawsuits against this company.

The attorneys at the Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana applaud this verdict for the clear message it sends to corporations that place potentially hazardous products into the marketplace and that fail to warn consumers about the risks associated with their products.

Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson is one of the country’s oldest purveyors of talcum powder. Since the early 1970’s, the company has removed all traces of asbestos from its products. As claimed in the many lawsuits against the company, however, the other components of its talcum powder product continue to pose risks when they are absorbed into a woman’s reproductive system, which can cause ovarian inflammation that leads to cancer.

Virtually every woman who has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson has suffered from aggressive forms of ovarian cancer, requiring them to undergo painful surgeries and courses of chemotherapy. Many of the cases have been consolidated at a Federal District Court in New Jersey under multidistrict litigation procedural rules, and new cases filed in Federal Court will be transferred to that venue.

Talcum Powder Cancer Verdicts

Apart from the Federal Court cases, a jury in a Missouri state court awarded the recent $4.7 billion verdict. That jury allocated $25 million in actual damages to each of the 22 plaintiffs in that case to compensate them for their medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. Six of those plaintiffs had passed away as a result of their illness prior to the trial, and their claims were supported by survivors in their families. Johnson & Johnson has stated that it intends to appeal this verdict.

Plaintiffs have similarly prevailed in at least six other talcum powder cancer cases against Johnson & Johnson, with different amounts of compensatory and punitive awards.

These verdicts, the consolidation of the Federal cases into a single venue, and the company’s response to this litigation suggest two things:

  1. The victories achieved thus far by plaintiffs in these cases show the validity of the argument that a causal connection exists between Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder product and ovarian cancer (which argument is supported by certain peer-reviewed studies).
  2. In spite of this conclusion, Johnson & Johnson will continue to challenge claims and verdicts, presumably until such time that a universal settlement is achieved to provide compensation for all women who were harmed by the company’s talcum powder product.

What to Do if You Believe That Johnson & Johnson’s Talcum Powder Harmed You

If you regularly used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder and you have been recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer or any precursors to ovarian cancer, such as endometriosis, contact an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney to start the process of filing your claim. All states have time limits (typically between two and three years following diagnosis of an illness) for filing negligence actions under their statutes of limitations procedures. If you do not file your claim with the allotted time, you will lose all opportunity to recover damages from the company that is responsible for your illness.

Attorney Bart Bernard Will Fight to Win the Compensation You Deserve if Talcum Powder Caused Your Ovarian Cancer

Please call talcum powder cancer lawyer Bart Bernard for legal representation and to claim the compensation you deserve if you or one of your family members have suffered an ovarian cancer diagnosis following their use of talcum powder. The attorneys at the Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers have committed to help clients and their families in Lafayette, Kenner, Baton Rouge, and elsewhere in Louisiana to recover damages from companies that expose consumers to harmful products and that lead to severe illnesses, injuries, and death. We will thoroughly investigate your claim and your family’s history and we will gather all necessary evidence that shows how your use of a carcinogenic product preceded your diagnosis, particularly where no warnings were given regarding the risks of using that product.

Additional Resources:

  1. Risk on All Sides as 4,800 Women Sue Over Johnson’s Baby Powder and Cancer.
  2. How Did Jury Arrive At $4.69 Billion Verdict in Talcum Powder Case?

The Facts About Ovarian Cancer

May 14, 2018 Talcum Powder Litigation 0 Comments

Ovarian Cancer Claims Thousands of Lives

doctor and patient with ovarian cancerNotwithstanding major advances in reproductive healthcare over the past twenty years, ovarian cancer continues to rank as the fifth highest cause of cancer-related deaths among women. The American Cancer Society predicts that in 2018 more than 22,000 cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed, and that more than 14,000 women will die due to complications from ovarian cancer.

Here at the Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers in Louisiana, we are committed to supporting the efforts of the physicians and researchers who are striving to cure ovarian cancer, and of the regulators who are working to reduce or eliminate the man-made factors and suspected carcinogens that increase ovarian cancer risks.

Understanding the symptoms, warning signs, risk factors, effects, and treatments for ovarian cancer is the starting point for eradicating this “silent killer.”

What are the Early Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is more easily treated when diagnosed in its early stages. Many of the early symptoms and warning signs of ovarian cancer, however, are similar to symptoms of less virulent health problems.

Because of this, the early warning signs are easily overlooked or ignored. Women are encouraged to visit their physicians promptly if they have any combination of these symptoms over a short period of time:

  • Abdominal bloating, pain pressure, or an unusual sense of fullness after eating that feels different than indigestion;
  • Frequent urination or an increased urge to urinate;
  • Chronic fatigue;
  • Back or belly pain;
  • Irregular or heavy menstrual cycles;
  • Muscular weakness;
  • Excessive skin rashes

If there is any doubt over whether these symptoms are just normal reactions to daily stresses, women should trust their instincts and seek medical attention.

Are You at Increased Risk for Ovarian Cancer?

Researchers have identified a number of risk factors that increase a woman’s likelihood of developing ovarian cancer.

  • Approximately 25% of all ovarian cancer cases occur in women who are genetically predisposed to developing the disease. Genetic testing may be able to determine whether you have the specific gene mutations that are related to this increased risk.
  • Women who have a relative who developed ovarian or certain other types of cancer are also at an elevated risk, even if they do not have a genetic predisposition for it.
  • As a woman ages, her risk of developing ovarian cancer increases. Ovarian cancer diagnoses are highest among women between the ages of 55 and 64.
  • Regular exposure to certain carcinogenic substances may increase ovarian cancer risks. Scientific studies have demonstrated a causal link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
  • Certain pharmaceutical treatments, including hormone replacement therapy for five or more years, will increase ovarian cancer risks.
  • Lifestyle habits, including smoking and obesity, will also increase a woman’s overall cancer risks.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

In its later stages, ovarian cancer will lead to a number of common symptoms, including severe pelvic, abdominal, or kidney pain, extreme bloating and constipation, rapid weight loss, and abdominal fluid retention. An oncologist might recommend CT scans, abdominal ultrasound, blood tests, or surgical biopsies to verify an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Treatments for ovarian cancer may include surgical removal of cancerous tissue, chemotherapy and radiation, and other targeted therapies. A limited number of physicians are trying a handful of experimental therapies as well.

Ovarian cancer is a general term for a number of different types of cancer than can affect a woman’s ovaries and reproductive system. A treatment plan will be a function of the specific type and stage of cancer that has been diagnosed.

Consult with an Experienced Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer but have none of the genetic or other risk factors for the disease, exposure to carcinogenic substances may be a factor. Recent studies and litigation have pointed to a potential link between talc and ovarian cancer, particularly among women who have used the powder for personal hygiene over long periods of time.

Attorney Bart Bernard has extensive experience in dangerous drug litigation and can help eligible women file a talcum powder lawsuit in search of monetary compensation. Reach out to our Lafayette or Baton Rouge offices today to arrange a complimentary consultation.

Additional Ovarian Cancer Resources:

  1. Key Statistics for Ovarian Cancer.
  2. Healthline, Ovarian Cancer: Early Symptoms, Detection, and Treatment.
  3., Risk Factors.
  4., Ovarian Cancer: Cancer of the Ovaries.

5 Talcum Powder Alternatives for Personal Hygiene

May 8, 2018 Talcum Powder Litigation 0 Comments

baby powder talcumIn light of the growing litigation against Johnson & Johnson, more women are becoming aware of the connection between using talcum powder for personal hygiene and the increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. Manufacturers continue to maintain that their talc-containing products – such as Shower to Shower and J&J’s iconic Baby Powder — are perfectly safe for their intended purpose, but several juries have ruled that consumers were not properly warned about potential health risks, particularly when the powder is applied near the genital area.

With summer just around the corner and temperatures warming up in the South, now is a great time to consider talc-free alternatives to keep the skin soft and dry.

Here are five safe substitutes for talcum powder that help absorb moisture, reduce friction and keep you feeling fresh throughout the most humid of days.

#1: Arrowroot-based powder

Arrowroot is a natural herb that is finely ground, mixed with cornstarch and baking soda to create a gentle, 100 percent vegan body powder that fights odor well. You can make your own or look for products by HoneyBee Gardens, which makes a talc-free and aluminum-free deodorizing powder based on arrowroot.

#2: Cornstarch

Found in any supermarket, cornstarch is another great alternative to talcum powder for feminine hygiene uses. Made from corn kernels, cornstarch is totally natural, highly absorbent and helps keep skin cool and dry. Cornstarch particles are slightly larger than talc and have no known side effects or health risks.

#3: Baking soda & tapioca starch

Baking soda – sodium bicarbonate – is incredibly versatile and has dozens of uses. When combined with tapioca starch (derived from the Cassava plant) this common pantry item transforms into a gentle, fragrance-free dusting powder that soothes, absorbs perspiration and keeps rashes at bay.

#4: DIY Body Powder

Create your own body powder using a base of cornstarch, rice powder, tapioca starch, or baking soda.  For a light floral scent, consider adding crushed lavender buds or chamomile leaves.

#5: Commercial talc-free baby powders

These are some of the top talc-free alternatives that you can pick up at your local drugstore or retail outlet:

  • Silky Underwear Dusting Powder by LUSH – 100 percent talc-free, this feminine dusting powder is made with cornstarch and ground cocoa butter and scented with vetiver and jasmine.
  • Burt’s Bees Baby Dusting Powder – This highly rated body powder is made with powdered slippery elm, cornstarch and kaolin clay. It is hypo-allergenic, completely natural and keeps skin soft and dry.
  • Ora’s Amazing Herbal Body Powder – Ideal for feminine hygiene use, this powder contains natural odor-fighting, antibacterial and antifungal ingredients and is available in unscented or aromatherapy scents of lavender, clary sage, vanilla and vetiver.

Several studies have suggested that talc-based powders, when put in undergarments and feminine hygiene products, can lead to ovarian cancer.  Several years ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer stated that talcum powder used around the genital area was “possibly carcinogenic” to humans.

Talcum powder cancer lawyer in Louisiana

With hope, more women will switch to talc-free body powder alternatives and avoid potential health risks. To learn more about talcum powder lawsuits and whether you’re eligible to file a claim in Louisiana, reach out to the law offices of Bart Bernard.

Bart Bernard is a dedicated talc cancer lawyer who believes in hard work and providing superior advocacy to all of his clients. For a free case review in Lafayette, Baton Rouge or the Lake Charles area, please call today.

Additional Resources on Talc Alternatives:

  1., 7 All Natural Talc-Free Powder Alternatives
  2. Organic Spa, Natural Alternatives to Talcum Powder
  3. Mother Nature Network, 5 alternatives to talc powder