ST. LOUIS — Jury selection is reportedly underway in a talc-based powder case against Johnson & Johnson.
Parties involved in the second talcum powder case began jury selection in St. Louis on April 8, and were still selecting a jury as of April 11, sources confirmed to HarrisMartin Publishing.
Gloria Ristesund reportedly alleges she used the powder almost daily for about 40-plus years before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011.
Ristesund said in court documents that she had no other apparent risk factors and claims the talcum powder is responsible for her serious illness. She also accuses Johnson & Johnson of aggressively marketing the powder to non-white women, despite the company being aware about its possible carcinogenic effect.
Earlier this spring, a separate St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to a similarly-injured victim; the next talcum powder trial is scheduled to begin in September.
Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Johnson & Johnson changed the formula of some products following a 1999 American Cancer Society advisory that suggested cornstarch was safer than talcum powder. The change, however, did not apply to the full product line, and the alteration reportedly failed to help women who had already been seduced by the company’s aggressive marketing campaign. If Johnson & Johnson loses a second trial, observers predict the number of such lawsuits could mushroom.
In its natural form, talc is chemically similar to asbestos. In 2015, a California court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $13 million in damages following a trial that linked talcum powder to mesothelioma, the lung cancer most commonly associated with asbestos exposure.
Like asbestos fibers, talc can be absorbed through the skin and travel to internal organs, or in this case, a woman’s reproductive area. As a result, one study found that talcum powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 30 percent.
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