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J&J Faces Canadian Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Class Action


Toronto, CA: A talcum powder class action lawsuit has been filed in Canada against Johnson & Johnson ("J&J") over allegations that its Baby Powder product causes ovarian cancer.

The named plaintiffs in the complaint all developed ovarian cancer following long term use of J&J's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene purposes. The representative plaintiffs in this case include, Marilyne Bernier who is the daughter of Thérèse Bernier, who died in March of this year following her battle with ovarian cancer, and Shaeda Farooqi of Mississauga.

Scientific researchers have established that over time, applying talcum powder to genitals, underwear, and sanitary napkins increases the risk of developing ovarian cancer by 33%. However, despite the evidence of a direct link, J&J has not acknowledged the connection and has kept its product on the shelves without warning.

The suit aims to bring access to justice to the many women who have developed ovarian cancer due to long term use of Baby Powder and to modify behaviour of companies that place known carcinogens into the stream of the Canadian commerce without warning.

In the United States, two talc powder ovarian cancer lawsuits have been brought against J&J. The first involved a now deceased woman who was awarded $72 million. In that case, the St. Louis Missouri jury determined in February that the Baby Powder contributed to the Plaintiff's ovarian cancer. The Plaintiff used J&J talc based powders as part of her personal hygiene routine for 30 years. The jury found that J&J failed to warn consumers of a link between the use of talcum powder and the risk of ovarian cancer.

In a subsequent case, a woman in South Dakota woman blamed years of using J&J Baby Powder to the development of her ovarian cancer. There are over 1,000 lawsuits pending in the U.S. against J&J.

To date, J&J has not added any warning labels to its Baby Powder products.

Plaintiffs are represented by Joel Rochon of Rochon Genova LLP and Will Davidson LLP.



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Published on May-30-16

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LaTonya Adamson
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I hope that they take that powder out the markets

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