Latest Trial Alleging Talcum Powder Caused Ovarian Cancer Link Begins


St. Louis — Lawyers from across the country gathered in a Missouri state courtroom on Tuesday for opening statements in another trial over the supposed links between Johnson & Johnson’s talc-containing personal hygiene products and ovarian cancer. 

With thousands of similar lawsuits pending in state and federal courts, the trial is being closely watched to see if J&J can land a second defense verdict after prevailing in a talc trial for the first time in March. Prior to that win the company suffered three consecutive headline-grabbing losses, all in Judge Rex Burlison’s St. Louis courtroom, which resulted in nearly $200 million in damages awarded to women claiming talc powder caused their ovarian cancer. 

Plaintiffs accuse J&J and their talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, of failing to warn consumers about the potential cancer risks from talc-containing products despite being aware for decades of numerous scientific studies suggesting the mineral is a carcinogen. J&J and Imerys maintain those arguments are based on flawed and outdated science, and that talc is no more dangerous than alcohol or red meat, neither of which carries a cancer warning label. 

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