An Alameda County, California courtroom is the latest setting for Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) ongoing legal battle with plaintiffs who allege some of the pharmaceutical giant’s baby powder products could cause ovarian cancer in women who used them for personal hygiene. However, the lawsuits are not implicating just negligence in the manufacturing process. They have taken a serious swing at J&J by alleging the company knew of potential asbestos contamination in their talcum powder products and then intentionally tried to keep that information from the public.
The newly began California trial — which started on January 7th, 2019 — is backed by a mountain of evidence to pursue compensation on behalf of plaintiffs. Not only will the evidence include scientific studies highlighted by Reuters and other investigative reports, but it will also have the results of similar cases in past months to strengthen it. In this particular California case, the plaintiffs are claiming a lifetime of various J&J product usage caused her to develop mesothelioma, a dangerous form of cancer that occurs when microscopic asbestos fibers are inhaled and damage the lungs.
J&J Talc Powder Lawsuits Favor Plaintiffs
If recent talcum powder lawsuit case results are any indication of what may happen in the future, Johnson & Johnson has reason to be worried about the new California trial. In mid-December 2018, a Missouri Judge defeated a motion from J&J that asked to toss out a jury verdict of roughly $4.7 billion. The verdict amount was assigned to a collection of 22 plaintiffs who said baby powder used for feminine hygiene – as it had been advertised to be safe for decades, despite the existing of internal, contrary knowledge – caused their ovarian cancer.
The Big Pharma company has not backed down from its argument that talc powder products are safe and do not contain asbestos contamination. Yet the Judge Burlison, who presided over the case in Missouri, accused J&J of “particularly reprehensible conduct” in a response to their motion to reverse the verdict. To evoke such strong language from a professional of the law is indicative of the severity of the company’s wrongdoing and neglect.
Powerful Legal Advocates for the Wrongfully Injured of Florida
At David C. Rash, P.A., we have an entire team of legal professionals dedicated to upholding the rights of the wrongfully injured, even when the opposition is a company as large and influential as Johnson & Johnson. Our Florida talcum powder lawsuit attorneys are currently hearing from people across the state to determine how to proceed with their claims, either through an individualized case, or a class action or mass tort.
Have you or a loved one suffered from ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, or another rare form of cancer that can be linked to extended talc powder use? It is time to hold the liable parties accountable. Call us at (954) 914-7116, arrange an initial consultation, and begin your claim and pursuit of justice today.