To date, baby powder lawsuits have yet to be combined into either state or federal consolidated litigation, so cases are being filed in courts around the country. Among these are several lawsuits filed in the nation’s capital.
Pittsburg residents Linda and Mark Nard have filed a lawsuit against baby powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson (J&J) in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Mrs. Nard used baby powder around her groin for feminine hygiene regularly for more than 30 years and believes it caused her to develop ovarian cancer.
Mrs. Nard is not alone – she joins two lawsuits already on file in the D.C. court. The first lawsuit is set for trial in July 2017. While Mrs. Nard will likely have to wait some time before her day in court, another baby powder lawsuit will come to trial this month in a St. Louis court that could set an important precedent for her case.
J&J might be at its breaking point with baby powder lawsuits. The company has lost all three cases that have gone to trial so far and has been ordered to pay millions to plaintiffs. The company intends to defend the safety of its products in the upcoming trial even though this strategy hasn’t worked for them yet.
The high profile trials thrust the company’s negligence into the spotlight. Internal documents revealed J&J knew about the growing risks of ovarian cancer from baby powder use, but instead developed marketing strategies to overcome growing consumer distrust.
There are more than 20 epidemiological studies linking the talc in baby powder and ovarian cancer, dating as far back as 1971. Despite overwhelming evidence, J&J refuses to remove talc from or put a warning label on its baby powder products to inform consumers. While the company currently faces more than 1,000 lawsuits, as many as 13,000 cases are currently being investigated.