Heightened Ovarian Cancer Risk Leads to Filing of Talc Powder Class Action Lawsuit

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A woman in Illinois has filed a talc powder lawsuit, and she is seeking class action status so that others who may have been harmed by this product can be included and protected.  The lawsuit was filed against Johnson & Johnson, which has long been the leading producer of this product.  This talc powder class action lawsuit is unique in that the plaintiff is not seeking monetary damages.  Instead, the hope is to stop Johnson & Johnson from allegedly engaging in deceptive commercial practices that could lead to serious harm for consumers.  The lawsuit was filed on May 23, making it the second talc powder lawsuit filed against Johnson & Johnson in May.

There is clearly growing concern regarding the safety of using talc powder, particularly for women.  Talc powder has been available to consumers around the world for decades, and Johnson’s Baby Powder is perhaps the signature product on the market.  It has been marketed as something that will keep skin soft and moist.  In particular, it has been marketed for use by women and small children to help protect the skin.  Recent developments have led to this growing concern, particularly the results of a study that uncovered the potential risk of using any of these products.

Troubling Talc Powder Study

In 2013, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston published the medical results of analyzing more than 18,000 women, approximately half of whom had used talc powder after showers regularly.  The study found that women who did use talc powder regularly after showers faced a heightened risk of developing ovarian cancer by a factor of approximately 25 percent as compared to those who did not.  The theory put forth behind this potentially higher risk is that some of the talc used can penetrate the woman’s vagina and cause inflammation.  This inflammation can eventually lead to the development of cancerous cells.

The Unique Characteristic of This Talc Powder Class Action Lawsuit

The talc powder lawsuit that was most recently filed is somewhat unique.  That’s because most lawsuits that allege that a product is dangerous and therefore defective seek monetary damages because the plaintiff or plaintiffs have been injured.  The named plaintiff in this case is not claiming that she was harmed.  Instead, she is using the terms set out in the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.  If successful, this lawsuit would prevent Johnson & Johnson from promoting its talc products as safe.

Talc Powder Lawsuits and Your Legal Rights

Just because the woman who filed this talc powder lawsuit has not been harmed does not mean that others have not been.  If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and you used talc powder after showers, you may need to explore your legal rights and options.  You can do so by contacting the talc powder class action lawyers at Parilman & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.  You can either email the firm or call 800-800-DRUG.