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Fourth Jury Link’s Ovarian Cancer to Use of Talc Powder

Posted by James D. Campbell | Oct 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Johnson's baby powder has been around since 1897.  It is one of America's most recognized products.  Johnson spread this recognition to its Shower to Shower brand through an aggressive advertising campaign of “Shower to Shower, a sprinkle a day helps keep odor away.” 

Due to this advertising campaign, for years, many women used Johnson's Shower to Shower or Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.    Unfortunately, studies linked the mineral in these products, talc, to increasing the risk of deadly ovarian cancer.  This is especially true when women started using the product before their first pregnancy.  In those cases, reliable medical research found a high risk of ovarian cancer from use of talc powder products. 

Over the last several years, thousands of woman that developed ovarian cancer and used talc powder hygiene products sued Johnson and Johnson.  Johnson and Johnson steadfastly defended these cases by arguing the science does not support a link between ovarian cancer and talc use. 

For a fourth time, a jury that heard both sides dramatically disagreed with Johnson and Johnson.  Recently, in the case Giannecchini v. Johnson and Johnson, a St. Louis jury agreed with a woman who had using talc powder for years for feminine hygiene purposes.  The jury determined her use of Johnson's products caused her ovarian cancer.  Importantly, it also determined Johnson's was aware of this causal connection, but it failed to warn its consumers of this danger.  As a result, it also awarded punitive damages to Mrs. Giannecchini. 

We have the honor of representing the family members of a woman who passed away from ovarian cancer at a tragically young age.  She was a daily Johnson's baby powder user since she was a teen.  We look forward to obtaining justice for her family. 

About the Author

James D. Campbell

Jim Campbell is an experienced medical malpractice trial lawyer. Jim learned the craft of medical malpractice litigation law representing physicians and hospitals throughout the State of Arizona. He successfully tried many lawsuits on behalf of physicians and hospitals, even when the odds were overwhelmingly against his client. Now, Jim uses his skill and experience representing patients. His defense experience gives him an advantage in anticipating the tactics that physicians and their lawyers will use. He is able to proactively engineer his client's case to successfully meet those strategies.


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