Newport Beach Talcum Powder Lawsuit Attorney Explains Victims' Rights

Newport Beach product defect attorney Brian Chase talks about the rights of women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder and baby powder for feminine hygiene purposes. A St. Louis jury in February ordered the company to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who succumbed to ovarian cancer after using the powder for over 40 years.
J&J Talcum Powder
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - April 13, 2016 - PRLog -- More than 1,000 women and their families are suing Johnson & Johnson alleging that the company has covered up a link between its talcum and baby powders and a heightened risk of ovarian cancer. According to a Bloomberg news report, one of the cases in St. Louis involving a woman who died from ovarian cancer in October resulted in a $72-million jury verdict for the woman's family.

The lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson knew about the connection between talc, which has been used in its powder products, and ovarian cancer, but did nothing to warn consumers. The article cites a study published in 1971 by British researchers who analyzed 13 ovarian tumors and found talc particles deeply embedded in 10 of those tumors.

This was the earliest study to raise this concern. In 1982, a study in the journal Cancer by an epidemiologist at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston showed the first statistical link between genital talc use and ovarian cancer.

"Johnson & Johnson knew in the early 1970s about this deadly link between genital talc use and the risk of ovarian cancer," said Brian D. Chase, senior partner at Bisnar Chase. "But company officials did nothing to warn consumers about these risks. In fact, they stepped up their advertising effort and aggressively marketed these products to women, particularly African American women who formed a major market."

Chase says women, who have used talcum powder or baby powder products and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, face tremendous challenges in the form of medical expenses, wages lost as a result of undergoing treatment for cancer, hospitalization and surgery costs, expenses relating to medications, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

"There have been heartbreaking, tragic cases, of course, where some of the women diagnosed with ovarian cancer due to talcum powder use have died," Chase said. "The families of these victims, in addition to the grief and mental anguish, face tremendous financial burdens as well."

Manufacturers have a duty and a legal obligation to consumers to make products that are safe for consumers to use, Chase said.

"When there are risks or dangers associated with the products, manufacturers have a duty to warn consumers about those issues," he said. "Failing to do so amounts to negligence and product manufacturers should be held accountable for being negligent. Because that simply amounts to putting profits over the safety and well-being of the people who buy their products."

About Bisnar Chase

Bisnar Chase represents seriously injured victims of product liability and other acts of negligence. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients. Since 1978, Bisnar Chase has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for victims and their families. For more information, please call 800-561-4887 or visit for a free consultation. We are located at 1301 Dove Street #120, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

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