May 14, 2014 — Just one month after a similar class action was filed in California, Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a baby powder class action lawsuit in federal court in Missouri, according to Courthouse News.
The class action was filed by Denis Mikhlin and Erin Hoffman on behalf of all Missouri residents who purchased baby powder in the last five years. They allege that talcum powder, the main ingredient in baby powder, causes a 33% increased risk of ovarian cancer when it is used routinely by women in the genital area.
According to the complaint:
“Despite the potential catastrophic health consequences, defendants do not tell consumers about the dangers associated with the talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder. Instead, defendants continue to expressly and impliedly represent that the product is safe and intended for women to use the Baby Powder in the very manner most likely to result in an increased risk of ovarian cancer.”
Last October, a jury in South Dakota ruled that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn women about the ovarian cancer risks of baby powder. However, they did not award damages because they did not believe the product was defective without warnings. At least three more lawsuits have been filed since January 2014.
Evidence linking talcum powder and ovarian cancer has been growing for decades. The complaint alleges that Johnson & Johnson knew about the risk as early as 1982, when a study concluded that women were three times more likely to develop ovarian cancer if they used talcum powder every day in the genital area.
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