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Ovarian Cancer Sufferer is Awarded $55 Million Over J&J’s Baby Powder

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Ovarian Cancer Sufferer is Awarded $55 Million Over J&J’s Baby Powder

Just days ago I wrote about the dangers posed to women by talcum powder given its perceived link to ovarian cancer. That was before the giant drug company Johnson & Johnson lost its second lawsuit of 2016 over claims that women who were using its baby powder developed ovarian cancer.

A woman in her 60s from South Dakota said she used Johnson & Johnson's powder as well as Shower-to-Shower products for feminine hygiene for decades. She developed ovarian cancer in 2011. She subsequently had a hysterectomy as well as other surgeries.

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Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder

Thankfully, her cancer is now in remission.  New York Magazine reported how she was awarded $5 million against Johnson & Johnson by a jury and $50 million in punitive damages that are intended to punish the drug company.

Talcum powder seems to be an innocuous product but, in reality, the ovarian cancer link has been clear for some time. Johnson & Johnson was clearly cavalier in its failure to adequately warn women of the dangers.

In February this year, the family of a woman from Alabama who died from ovarian cancer, was awarded $72 million after using the same products. It’s just the tip of a potentially very costly iceberg for J&J which is facing more than 1,000 lawsuits brought by women who say they were diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

You can read more about these lawsuits here on our personal injury blog. It’s not acceptable for these big drug companies to sell their products without warnings and yet we have seen this happen again and again, whether in relation to the diabetic drug Actos which has been linked to bladder cancer, Zofran which is linked to birth defects or medical devices such as transvaginal mesh.

Johnson & Johnson is a massive drug company that makes billions of dollars in profits every year. Its products have been linked to numerous lawsuits brought by people who say they were harmed by them.

If you have suffered the ill effects of a drug, a medical device or a product like talcum powder, it’s important that you come forward and contact a personal injury lawyer. If your mother, sister or girlfriend has been hurt by this product, you should call us today for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077. See our page about dangerous products made by drug companies.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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