Last Updated on September 17, 2019 by Kirsty Smithson
22 ovarian cancer patients are filing a huge lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, claiming that their cancer was caused by talc made by the firm.
The case against them went to trial at the end of May 2018 in Missouri state court.
To date, this latest case is the largest that Johnson & Johnson have faced in recent years concerning allegations that their talc based products contain asbestos.
Asbestos is known to cause cancer, in particular mesothelioma and asbestosis.
The female cancer patients suing the company have no doubt that prolonged use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder caused their disease.
But they say Johnson & Johnson have been aware of the fact that their talc contains asbestos for many years and have hidden the fact.
However, Johnson & Johnson strongly deny that any of their products have EVER contained asbestos.
Besides this trial, there are another 9,000 cases that Johnson & Johnson is currently battling.
All are being pursued by people that have used their Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talc products and gone onto develop some form of cancer.
Most of these cases are being pursued by women who have developed ovarian cancer.
Others have developed mesothelioma, for which there is no cure, claiming using the talc products exposed them to asbestos.
The lawyer acting on behalf of Johnson & Johnson, Peter Bicks, told the court that the causes for ovarian cancer are often unknown and cannot be solely attributed to using talc.
He further commented that asbestos was not known to cause ovarian cancer.
In defence, Mr Bicks also added Johnson and Johnson had carried out all the necessary testing and found no asbestos in the talc.
They had also had testing performed by independent laboratories, government agencies, universities and other talc suppliers, all showing the same conclusive results of no trace of asbestos.
However, the lawyer acting of behalf of the cancer patients, Mark Lanier, argued that asbestos and talc are intermingled during the mining process, meaning it is impossible to remove the substance altogether.
Therefore, he concluded, that there was no doubt that the talc had caused ovarian cancer in his patients.
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Published Jun 11, 2018