In May of 2013, at the age of 52, Nora Daniels received the worst news a woman could be told; “you have ovarian cancer.” In extreme pain, she went to the doctor; after testing, Ms. Daniels was informed of the diagnosis. She had to endure chemotherapy and a hysterectomy. Today, Ms. Daniels is not only concerned about the possible return of the cancer, but has to deal with the daily after-effects of treatment.
If Ms. Daniels had known of the risks of using the Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products, she would have never applied these products to the genital area for more than 35 years. Both Johnson & Johnson and Imerys, their talc supplier, have known of this potential and substantial risk for decades. Internal company documents show the compaines were “put on notice” as far back as the 1970s.
Ms. Daniels will be the fourth case to go to trial in St. Louis in front of Judge Rex Burlison. Opening Statements are set to begin on Feb. 6, 2017. This case follows three similar talcum powder cases with verdicts totaling almost $200 million. We commend Ms. Daniels’ courage as she faces these corporate giants in February.
There are more trials set for later this year. Ms. Daniels and the other Plaintiffs are being represented by Beasley Allen lawyers, along with Allen Smith of The Smith Law Firm in Mississippi, and attorneys of the St. Louis firm of Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC. Ted Meadows from our firm and Allan Smith will be co-leads in the case. If you have any questions regarding these cases, feel free to contact Ted Meadows at Ted.Meadows@beasleyallen.com or 800-898-2034.