Many are watching the fourth baby powder trial because the case may set a precedent for other talc cancer lawsuits filed around the country, but Americans aren’t the only ones eagerly awaiting a verdict. Talcum powder lawsuits are being filed in Canada with allegations similar to the U.S. lawsuits. Canadian plaintiffs have joined the fight to hold the healthcare giant responsible.
While the Canadian and American lawsuits are completely independent of each other, after the American lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) might decide to throw in the towel rather than trying its luck with the Canadian court system.
More than half a dozen Canadian women from Ontario, Quebec, and Montreal have filed a lawsuits against J&J alleging long-term baby powder use around the groin caused ovarian cancer. Their claims are supported by more than 45 years of scientific studies linking the talc used in baby powder to ovarian cancer.
Three talc lawsuits have gone to trial so far in the U.S. and all three found J&J guilty of failing to warn consumers of the risk of ovarian cancer. Two of the trials resulted in multimillion-dollar verdicts for the plaintiffs.
The fourth trial could see another big win for plaintiffs. J&J currently faces more than 3,500 lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada, and more lawsuits continue to be filed against the company.
In the U.S., baby powder cancer lawsuits are consolidated into a multidistrict litigation in New Jersey; and, talcum powder lawsuits filed in California are coordinated in a Los Angeles court.
J&J has stated throughout the trials that its products are perfectly safe, but distrust of the company has grown like never before. Regardless whether the company is successful in defeating the remaining baby powder lawsuits, the company has already lost face with its consumers.