June 20, 2016 — A lawsuit has been filed by the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder for most of her life.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Maureen Broderick Milliken, a 58 year-old woman who died of ovarian cancer in June 2014 after decades of using talcum powder for feminine hygiene.
Defendants included Imerys Talc America, the company that supplies talc for Johnson’s Baby Powder. The company began including warnings about possible carcinogenic side effects about a decade ago.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed on June 9 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by an administrator of her estate (Case No. 2:16-cv-02866-MAK).
Johnson & Johnson is now facing over 1,500 lawsuits from women who say the company aggressively marketed baby powder to adult women and failed to warn about the risk of cancer.
Evidence linking talcum powder and cancer has been growing since the 1970s. In 1982, a study by Dr. Daniel Cramer found an 82% increased risk of ovarian cancer among women who reported genital talc use. Since then, at least 22 more studies have associated talc and cancer.
The number of lawsuits has skyrocketed after two eye-popping jury verdicts in St. Louis, Missouri. Last month, a woman was awarded $55 million. In February, $72 million was awarded to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer.
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