Two recent multimillion-dollar jury verdicts have shed national attention on the potential dangers that women face from their use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for feminine hygiene.

According to Reuters, these and other lawsuits allege that women who applied well-known Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower Powder, and other Johnson & Johnson talcum products to their genitals over an extended period of time may be at risk for ovarian cancer. The plaintiffs assert that Johnson & Johnson knew or should have known about the danger but failed to properly warn consumers.

Juries in the two most recent trials returned verdicts of $55 million and $72 million respectively against the company, and it is hoped the outcomes will prompt Johnson & Johnson to establish a process for settling remaining cases and future claims.

Since 1971, studies have suggested that talcum powder used in the genital area can migrate through the vagina, to the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, putting women at risk for ovarian cancer. This can occur when women regularly:

  • Directly apply talc-based powders to their genitals
  • Dust powders on undergarments and sanitary pads
  • Sprinkle talcum powder on diaphragms or are exposed to condoms coated with the powder

The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Personal Injury Litigation Group are investigating the claims of women who:

  • Routinely used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products
  • Have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer
  • Are not otherwise predisposed to cancer due to the presence of BRCA genes

As part of our investigation, we would appreciate speaking to anyone fitting this descriptions. Please contact us today!