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Talcum Powder Lawsuits

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Mona Estrada v. Johnson & Johnson et al. (2014)
In April 2014, a California woman named Mona Estrada filed suit against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn women of the increased risks of ovarian cancer. The complaint stated, “As a result of the defendants’ misrepresentations and omissions, plaintiff and the proposed class have purchased a product which is potentially lethal.” Ms. Estrada has not suffered any personal injury, but says she would not have regularly bought Johnson’s Baby Powder for the past 60+ years had she known of the adverse health effects.

Barbara Mihalich v. Johnson & Johnson et al. (2014)
The next month, Barbara Mihalich of Illinois filed a class action suit alleging that Johnson & Johnson utilized deceptive business practices and profited unjustly from its talc products. Neither Ms. Estrada nor Ms. Mihalich suffers from ovarian cancer or any other talc-related side effects, but say they suffered economic injury from purchasing Johnson & Johnson’s unsafe products over many years.

Jacqueline Fox v. Johnson & Johnson et al. (2014)

Jacqueline Fox, who contracted ovarian cancer after a long history of using baby powder for feminine hygiene, filed suit against Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Fox was one of 60 women filing negligence lawsuits against the company. A pathologist determined that Ms. Fox’s ovaries became inflamed and then cancerous from the talc. Internal memos suggested Johnson & Johnson executives knew of the risks: one of their medical consultants even compared talc use to smoking. Ms. Fox tragically passed away in the fall of 2015. The following February, a Missouri jury awarded her family $72 million. 

Gloria Ristesund v. Johnson & Johnson et al. (2015)
May 2016, a Missouri jury found in favor of Gloria Ristesund, who contracted ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder on her pelvic area for decades. (As a result, Ms. Ristesund had to have a hysterectomy and other surgeries.) The jury awarded Ms. Ristesund $55 million: $50 million for punitive damages, and $5 million for compensatory damages.


Deane Berg v. Johnson & Johnson et al. (2013)
For over 30 years, Ms. Berg used the Johnson & Johnson product Shower-to-Shower. Ms. Berg was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006. Ms. Berg turned down a $1.3 million settlement and took the case to court.  Three doctors analyzed the cancerous tissue and determined that the talcum powder was related to her ovarian cancer. Based on that scientific evidence, a jury ruled in favor of Ms. Berg. Now, tens of thousands of victims can seek compensation against the manufacturers of talcum powder tied to ovarian cancer.