A new lawsuit filed against healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) alleges the company’s failure to warn about potential harmful side effects exposed millions of women to an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
The lawsuit was filed by Florence Kuntz on behalf of her daughter. Kuntz’s daughter used J&J’s baby powder for feminine hygiene for 23 years before she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 43. Unfortunately, Kuntz’s daughter lost her battle with ovarian cancer, but Kuntz is determined to hold J&J responsible.
In Kuntz’s lawsuit, she points out that the first epidemiological study of the link between the talc in baby powder and ovarian cancer dates back to 1982. The study found women who used baby powder with talc near their genitals had a 92% increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Unfortunately for consumers, J&J ignored this study along with an additional 20 epidemiological studies confirming the link between talc and ovarian cancer. Instead, the company maintains the product is safe and that consumer health is its top concern.
But this does little for people like Kuntz and her family who have suffered tremendously from the company’s failure to warn. There are currently more than 1,000 pending lawsuits against the company and it is estimated as many as 12,000 more are being investigated.
Plaintiffs in the baby powder litigation have been successful in holding the company responsible so far. Three lawsuits have gone to trial to date and all three found J&J grossly negligent. The two most recent trials also resulted in multimillion-dollar awards to the plaintiffs.
The next baby powder lawsuit is scheduled for this September. While J&J has stated it will continue to defend the safety of its products in upcoming trials, it doesn’t look good for the company. Plaintiffs in the litigation are relentless in their pursuit of justice.