On Feb. 22, a jury in St. Louis found consumer products company Johnson & Johnson liable for the ovarian cancer death of a woman, Jacqueline Fox, who used its talc products for decades. The jury awarded the victim’s family $10 million in actual damages, and an additional $62 million in punitive damages, hoping to teach the company a lesson about putting profits above consumer safety. The link between talcum powder use for feminine hygiene and an increased risk of ovarian cancer is something that has been known by Johnson & Johnson for decades, but the public was never warned of the risk by Johnson & Johnson prior to the Fox verdict.
Beasley Allen will try its second talc case in St. Louis on April 11. Our client, Gloria Ristesund, was a talcum powder user and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on Aug.11, 2011. Ms. Ristesund has suffered a great deal and is fighting hard to survive. There will be another trial in St. Louis in July with more trials to follow.
“We know that at least 1,500 innocent women, who trusted Johnson & Johnson and were never warned about the ovarian cancer risk associated with the use of talc powder products sold by this giant pharmaceutical company, have died each year as a result of using talc products,” said Jere L. Beasley, Principal & Founder of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. “Johnson & Johnson has shown no remorse, no compassion, and still denies the obvious. The company has known for decades about the ovarian cancer risk associated with its talc products, but intentionally refused to warn of the risk.”
Dr. Daniel W. Cramer, head of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Epidemiology Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, has been warning of the link between talc and ovarian cancer for decades. His most recent study was published in the medical journal Epidemiology in December 2015. Dr. Cramer first reported the link between talc and ovarian cancer in 1982. Dr. Cramer has been asking Johnson & Johnson to at least add a warning label to the products for years, with no success. The Cancer Prevention Coalition has asked the CEO of Johnson & Johnson to pull talc products from the market or at the very least warn the women who use the products.
“Johnson & Johnson will never be able to explain the huge number of internal documents that show clearly that the company knew about the risk and intentionally refused to warn women who used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower about the cancer risk,” Mr. Beasley says. “I believe the verdict in the Fox case, which has received worldwide attention, has caused the public to be outraged over Johnson & Johnson’s conduct.”
Join The Fight!
Let your voice be heard and sign the petition to ask Johnson & Johnson to release the internal documents revealing the link between talcum powder and cancer. A St. Louis jury has seen the evidence, which ultimately led them to award a $72 million verdict. Hundreds have signed, but we need thousands – tens of thousands – of signatures to get the industry’s attention. So, please take a brief moment and do something that can change lives forever. Please sign and share the petition with your friends and colleagues, and say to J&J, #TellTheTalcTruth!