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.
Plaintiffs looking at pursuing litigation over talc-containing consumer products need to know that while favorable decisions have been returned for some plaintiffs, these cases are not necessarily easy to win. At present, some medical experts and researchers believe the evidence of a connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer is inconclusive. One of the prime objections of these physicians is that many studies don’t show such a connection.
In some of the talcum powder cases that have been successful, plaintiffs have argued that talcum used in feminine hygiene can migrate into the ovaries and cause inflammation that sets the stage for the growth of cancer. Some physicians remain skeptical of this theory, saying there is no evidence to support it.
One thing is for certain: it is critical for plaintiffs in talc litigation to work with an experienced attorney to build the strongest possible case, because there are some studies that do show an increased risk of ovarian cancer for talcum powder users.
In our next post, we’ll continue looking at this issue, as well as the issue of causation and the role of credible, qualified expert witnesses in talcum powder litigation.