On February 1, 2016, the trial for a woman who died from ovarian cancer just 6 months' prior began in St. Louis. The lawsuit brought by Jackie Fox against Johnson & Johnson alleged that the maker of Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Body Powder made products it knew could increase the risk of ovarian cancer when used for feminine hygiene and that Johnson & Johnson not only marketed those products specifically for that use, but assured consumers the company's products were completely safe. The three-week legal batter that ensued pitted one of America's largest companies - a global healthcare, medical device and pharmaceutical giant - against the son of a woman who died at just 62 years of age. The result was a jury finding against Johnson & Johnson on all counts and awarding the estate of Jackie Fox $72 million.
A second Johnsons Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit in St. Louis commenced in St. Louis on April 8, 2016. This trial was different in that Johnson & Johnson got to choose which case it wanted to defend. In litigation where there are hundreds or thousands of lawsuits with very similar claims, a limited number of cases will often be allowed to go to trial, pending a consolidation of the remainder of them, often in Federal Multi-District Litigation.
This was the third Johnson's Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit, all of which have resulted in the jury finding for the plaintiff and against Johnson & Johnson. The first trial took place in South Dakota and attorney R. Allen Smith of The Smith Law Firm in Mississippi handled that trial and won the lawsuit, but the jury did not award damages to the plaintiff.Â Smith teamed up with Onder Law of St. Louis, a nationally recognized law firm for window blind cord strangulation and a rapidly rising powerhouse in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, just weeks after the first trial concluded. Onder Law began a national campaign to make Americans aware of the link between talcum powder use for adult feminine hygiene and a risk of ovarian cancer that experts place at roughly 40% higher. The Smith Law Firm and Onder Law worked with the Alabama firm of Beasley Allen on the second and third ovarian cancer baby powder lawsuits.
These law firms have now consulted with roughly 10,000 women who suffered from ovarian cancer and the family members of women who died from ovarian cancer after talcum powder use for feminine hygiene. Over 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and more than 14,000 women die of the disease each year.
JohnsonsBabyPowderCancerLawsuit.com details the participants in these two talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits, claims made by both parties and how they presented those cases and key evidence and testimony that determined the outcomes of these ovarian cancer baby powder lawsuits.