Baby Powder Class Action Lawsuit
You may have heard about a class action lawsuit related to Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. There are over 1,200 lawsuits currently on file that involve Baby Powder or Shower to Shower and ovarian cancer.
Johnson & Johnson has been advertising Baby Power and Shower to Shower has a feminine hygiene product for years, encouraging women to use talcum powder in a way that increases their chances of contracting ovarian cancer. Studies indicate that use of talcum powder on or around female genitals increases the likelihood to contract ovarian cancer.
Small particles of talc can travel to the ovaries and become trapped there. Scar tissue develops around them, which also encourages the growth of cancerous tumors. Evidence indicates that Johnson & Johnson has known of this risk since the early 1980s, but did nothing about it.
How Does a Class Action Involving Baby Powder Work?
There is at least one class action lawsuit pending that involves Baby Powder. Other individual lawsuits are also pending.
A class action lawsuit is brought by one or more people on behalf of a larger group of people. All of these people have suffered in a similar way. Usually, class action lawsuits involve defective or dangerous products, but not always. They might also involve financial fraud or employment issues as well. In this case, most of the victims have developed ovarian cancer, or they are the loved ones who have lost someone to the disease.
If there are a large number of people affected, it may make more sense to bring a class action lawsuit instead of asserting individual claims. Individual claims are usually much more expensive and time-consuming, but joining your claim with other cuts down on costs and can produce quicker results (compared to waiting for thousands of similar cases to move through the court system).
A class must be “certified” before they can bring a class action lawsuit. This process involves petitioning the Court and showing that there are a significant number of people who have extremely similar claims. The lead plaintiff should also have a similar situation and is capable of bringing the case on behalf of other victims.
Am I a Member of the Class?
Once the class is certified, other potential members of the class are notified. This is often done through mass mailing, the media, or the internet. It can be difficult to find everyone in a class, which is why it is so important to let a loved one know if you think that they might have a claim.
If you or a loved one has used Baby Power and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, call 877-810-4067 to find out more about your legal rights and options. You can also fill out the form above, and we will get in touch with you. There is no cost, no obligation, and every call is completely confidential.