By Jessica Surber, Attorney
English, Lucas, Priest and Owsley, LLP
For decades, talcum powder was considered to be a perfectly safe part of a woman’s feminine hygiene routine. Women commonly applied it to their genital area as part of their daily routine.
However, new evidence has pointed to the link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder. Women are taking action against the companies who promoted this product as safe for use, even though executives knew there was a potential link between it and ovarian cancer.
Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products, is being sued by thousands of women across the country who believed that talcum powder was safe and even helpful to use. Just this week, a California jury handed out a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a case filed by a woman who developed ovarian cancer. This verdict includes $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages.