Causation is an important issue in any legal case involving claims of personal injury or product liability, regardless of the persons or products involved. Without a sound argument for causation, a legal case can fall apart and a plaintiff is going to gain nothing, and lose a significant amount of time, energy and money.
Johnson & Johnson is one of the companies that has been hit particularly hard by cosmetic talcum powder litigation. The company currently faces thousands of lawsuits over talc-based products, cases which have been combined in a federal court in St. Louis. Last week, the company was unsuccessful in having most of those cases transferred to various courts nationwide where plaintiffs are located.
Early detection of cancer is an important aspect of increasing the effectiveness of treatment. Cancer screening approaches and guidelines vary depending on the type of cancer at issue. Unfortunately, there are not currently any established screening tests for mesothelioma. In many cases, mesothelioma is not diagnosed until it is in its later stages. Part of the reason for this is that it is rare and causes symptoms which mimic other cancers and illnesses.
Asbestos and Mesothelioma have both occupied prominent spots in the national dialogue over the past several years. Mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer that can develop due to exposure to asbestos. Asbestos damages the genetic material of the cells that make up the mesothelium of the lung.
Previously, we began discussing the skepticism among some physicians and medical researchers regarding the connection between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. As we noted, many of those who are skeptical cite lack of evidence for the connection. There are some studies, however, that do provide some evidence, though opponents usually try to undermine these studies by blaming bias on the part of the women reporting the extent of talcum use.
Johnson & Johnson is one of the companies that is currently facing a truckload of litigation over its talc-containing products. As of the beginning of last November, there were around 1,700 state and federal lawsuits on the issue. The company, however, denies that its talc-containing products can cause ovarian cancer and plans to appeal several major jury verdicts in favor of plaintiffs.