Women across the nation are suing Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc Inc., its talc supplier, for failing to warn consumers of the possible cancerous side effects of its talcum powder products.
It is not too late to join a mass tort against Johnson & Johnson and other talcum powder companies. If you or a loved one used talcum powder and received a cancer diagnosis regarding the ovaries or fallopian tubes, contact Hensley Legal Group today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Deane Berg Talcum Powder Lawsuit Settlement
Deane Berg was the first woman to sue Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn her that products like Shower to Shower could cause ovarian cancer over long-term use. Berg was one of many women who used Shower to Shower as part of her daily hygiene routine.
When she was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer in 2006, Berg struggled to figure out why. The only risk factor that could possibly apply to her was her daily use of talcum powder. In fact, when her lawyer ordered an analysis of her tumor, they discovered talc particles within the tissue.
A Sioux Falls, South Dakota jury delivered verdict in October 2013: Johnson & Johnson was guilty of negligence for failing to warn consumers of their product’s link to ovarian cancer. However, the jury did not require Johnson & Johnson to pay Berg for any damages.
Talcum Powder Settlements through a Mass Tort
Since then, other juries have come down harder on Johnson & Johnson. A St. Louis, Missouri jury forced Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million to the family of Jackie Fox, a woman who died of ovarian cancer in October 2015 after 30 years of using Shower to Shower.
Thousands of other women have now filed suit across the country. Many will see justice through their participation in mass torts.
A mass tort is a lawsuit that involves hundreds or thousands of citizens against one or a few corporate defendants. In the talc cases, it would be women who contracted ovarian cancer by long-term talcum powder use against companies like Johnson & Johnson and their talc suppliers.
Mass torts are an attempt to reduce the number of court cases against a corporation—it would be quite impossible to take each of the thousands of cases against Johnson & Johnson to trial. Mass tort lets one attorney or group of attorneys share their investigations among all cases. Lawyers can work together to make sure all clients receive fair settlements.
Benefits of Talcum Powder Mass Tort
Unlike class action lawsuits, where a corporation pays a small, equal sum to a large number of people, mass torts allow for a sliding scale of settlement in terms of the severity of a client’s claim. The survivors of women who lost their lives to ovarian cancer will likely receive larger settlements than women who had a single surgery to remove their cancer and are now healthy.
Mass torts take a handful of cases to court so juries can award settlements to cases of various degrees of severity so those individuals whose cases will not be taken to trial can reference the precedence of the court’s decision during their own settlement negotiations.
It is not too late to join a mass tort against Johnson & Johnson and other talcum powder companies. If you or a loved one used talcum powder and received a cancer diagnosis regarding the ovaries or fallopian tubes, contact Hensley Legal Group today for a free, no-obligation consultation.Contact a Lawyer Today