In May 2017, a Virginia jury awarded Lois Slemp a record-breaking 110.5 million dollars lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for her claim that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer from using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for about forty years.
Moreover, a new record has been broken against the same company 3 months later. Eva Echeverria, Los Angeles resident, brought forth her case against the company claiming that they didn’t properly warn consumers about the potential risks of talcum powder. Echeverria started using Johnson & Johnson talcum baby powder in the 1950s until 2016.
Furthermore, in her lawsuit, she claims that she developed ovarian cancer due to the unreasonably defective and dangerous nature of talcum powder.
The jury has awarded this woman with 340 million dollars in punitive damages and 68 million dollars in compensatory damages. But, her attorney said that despite getting a monetary reward, Echeverria did not really want sympathy. She actually wanted to help other women who suffer from ovarian cancer from using Johnson & Johnson.
Lois Slemp Was Awarded a Record-Breaking Lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson
As stated above, a Virginia jury awarded Lois Slemp a record-breaking 110.5 million dollars lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for her claim that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer from using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for about forty years. Lois Slemp is only 1 of many women that fought the massive company for their carcinogenic product.
The legal victory of Lois Slemp is following in the footsteps of the late Jackie Fox of Alabama, whose family in 2016 won a 72 million dollar lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for their claim that using their products for too long resulted in ovarian cancer.
Allen Smith, attorney of Lois Slemp, stated in his opening remarks to the jury that the case was about corporate profit as well as maintaining a corporate image over human life. He also stated that the verdict could prevent potentially a large number of women from developing ovarian cancer.
Lois Slemp is now still fighting the cancer that has spread to her liver.
Research Has Found a Correlation between Ovarian Cancer and Talcum Powder
Allen Smith stated that Shower to Shower and Baby Powder possess three carcinogens, including heavy metals, talc, and asbestos, which are known carcinogens.
Moreover, he also stated that Johnson & Johnson have known about this for about forty years. They do this in order to cut costs. That’s not all, tens of thousands of women have been affected by the genital use of these products.
Dr. Daniel Cramer, a witness in this case, and the case of the late Jackie Fox, explains that the long-term use of talcum powder may lead to cancer. The results of his research have shown a correlation between cancer and talcum powder used in the genital area since the 1980’s. Furthermore, in the video below, Dr. Cramer shares the response of Johnson & Johnson to his urgings to add labels to their products:
What’s more, he has also summarized his research claiming that women who used talcum powder regularly were at a 30 percent higher likelihood of developing ovarian cancer.
Luckily, there are safer and better options to help decrease irritation, eliminate body odor and keep your skin smooth, such as:
- All-natural deodorants
- Talc-free Powders, such as Burt’s Bees Dusting Powder
- Baking soda
- Corn starch
You may also want to read more about using natural moisturizers and getting rid of vaginal odors because keeping suspected and known carcinogens away from your body plays a key role in maintaining optimal overall health.