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Amarillo Product Liability Attorney Offers Free Consultations: Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $110 million in fifth talcum powder cancer trial.

Posted on May 8, 2017 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Jury awards record-setting $110.5M to woman who says she got ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson baby powder

  • Louis Slemp, 62, sued health products giant Johnson & Johnson
  • Slemp was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012
  • She said illness was caused by 40-year use of company’s baby powder
  • A jury awarded her a record $110.5million on Thusday
  • She is the fourth woman to win millions in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson
  • Company faces 2,000 lawsuits over alleged failure to warn consumers about health risks of its talcum-based products¬†

Talc is a mineral that is mined from deposits around the world, including the U.S.

The softest of minerals, it’s crushed into a white powder.

It’s been widely used in cosmetics and other personal care products to absorb moisture since at least 1894, when Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder was launched.

But it’s mainly used in a variety of other products, including paint and plastics.

Much research has found no link or a weak one between ovarian cancer and using baby powder for feminine hygiene, and most major health groups have declared talc harmless.

Still, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies genital use of talc as ‘possibly carcinogenic.’

Attorneys with Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, the firm that handled the St. Louis cases, cited other research that began connecting talcum powder to ovarian cancer in the 1970s.

They cite case studies showing that women who regularly use talc on their genital area face up to a 40 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Story provided by Daily Mail.  AAJ, Bloomberg News, and Reuters also report on this story.

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