Talc Powder Wrongful Death
Written by Faith Anderson on November 20, 2014
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Over Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Risks
Yet another wrongful death complaint has been brought against J&J over its talc-based powders, which have been linked to ovarian cancer in women.
The family of a New York woman has brought a wrongful death complaint against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the company’s talc-based Baby Powder, Shower-to-Shower Body Powder and GoldBond Powder caused her to suffer ovarian cancer after using the products for feminine hygiene purposes for years. The lawsuit was filed by James Chakalos, on behalf of his wife, Janice, who allegedly died of ovarian cancer in 2012, following more than 50 years of talcum powder use around her genital area. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and you believe J&J’s talc-based powders to be the cause, contact a knowledgeable talcum powder cancer attorney today to discuss your legal options.
Risks of Talc Powder for Feminine Hygiene
James Chakalos’ wrongful death lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey on November 5, and was removed to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on November 11. According to the complaint, Janice Chakalos was 63 years old when she died, after using talcum powder to dust her genital area since she was a child, believing the allegedly defective consumer products were safe to use. However, as the wrongful death complaint notes, research dating back decades has suggested that side effects of talcum powder may actually increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women who use the product for feminine hygiene purposes.
Lawsuits Over Ovarian Cancer from Talc-Based Products
“Despite the mounting scientific and medical evidence regarding talc use and ovarian cancer that has developed over the past decades, none of the Defendants’ warnings on the product label or in other marketing informed Plaintiff that use of the product in the genital area, as was encouraged by Defendants, could lead to an increased risk of ovarian cancer,” the wrongful death lawsuit states. Chakalos’ complaint joins a growing number of talcum powder lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson over its baby powder and Shower-to-Shower body powder products, which complaints allege put women at unnecessary risk for ovarian cancer and wrongful death.
An Experienced Talc Powder Cancer Attorney Can Help
The potential risk of ovarian cancer from talcum powder is so prevalent that the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, recently classified genital use of talc-based baby and body powders as a “possible carcinogen,” and the American Cancer Society has advised women to use cornstarch-based products rather than talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes. If you believe you have suffered ovarian cancer from talcum powder products, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help put you in touch with a reputable product liability lawyer who has experience handling talcum powder cancer claims.