A West Virginia woman whose mother died from ovarian cancer after using talcum powder cosmetic products has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson.
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What’s the Problem?
November 28, 2016 – Plaintiff Amy Darnold of Cairo filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg, West Virginia, on behalf of her mother, Ann Christine “Chris” Underwood. The complaint names Johnson & Johnson and talc mining company Imerys Talc America Inc. (formerly known as Luzenac America Inc.) as defendants.
According to the lawsuit, Underwood died from ovarian cancer on March 21 at the age of 66, after using Johnson’s Baby Powder regularly for feminine hygiene for nearly 50 years.
“Ms. Underwood’s use was intended and foreseeable, based on the advertising, marketing and labeling of the product by the defendants,” the lawsuit states. “Underwood developed ovarian cancer and suffered effects attendant thereto, including her premature death, as a direct and proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder, and defendants’ wrongful and negligent conduct in the research, development, testing, manufacture, production, promotion, distribution, marketing, and sale of talcum powder.”
Darnold’s lawsuit is the most recent in a wave of similar litigation sweeping across the U.S. in recent months. In February, the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer was awarded $72 million, and in May, another plaintiff prevailed against Johnson & Johnson, obtaining a $55 million award.
In July, a motion was filed to consolidate all federal talcum powder lawsuits involving allegations of cancer from Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for pretrial handling in the Southern District of Illinois. The plaintiff who filed the motion contends that the venue “would permit convenient travel for the parties and counsel as compared to the east or west coast” given that the parties involved in the litigation live in a number of different states.
There are currently about 1,200 lawsuits pending against J&J in courts across the U.S., filed on behalf of plaintiffs alleging cancer from its talc-containing hygiene products. Plaintiffs allege that when applied to the genital areas, talcum powder can increase the risk of ovarian cancer by entering the vagina and becoming trapped in the ovaries. The suits further contend that J&J has known for decades about this risk, but failed to adequately warn the public and medical community.
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The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in talcum powder lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cancer cases in all 50 states.
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