Since 2013 when a plaintiff claimed that Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder caused her ovarian cancer, the company has been in the news for a multitude of similar lawsuits. In late July, a new accusation was waged against the company when a national Black women’s group announced in New Jersey court that they were suing, claiming that J&J targeted Black women in talcum powder ads. I will tell you more about the accusations below, and provide insight into whether a Northern New Jersey talc lawsuit lawyer at Buttafuoco & Associates could be useful to your case.
NCNW Case Goes to Superior Court of New Jersey
During the final days of July, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, claiming that the company’s unethical marketing tactics for baby powder products targeted Black women.
According to the NCNW, several members who had used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for years now have ovarian cancer, and they blame J&J’s targeted ads. Although J&J was well aware that Black women were more likely to use the dangerous products regularly, they continued to target them, according to the NCNW.
A 2015 study confirms that African-American women are more likely to use talcum powder: 44 percent of African-American women reported using the product. This is significantly higher than the 30 percent of white women and 29 percent of Hispanic women who said they use baby powder. Even more problematic, a study in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention found that epithelial ovarian cancer was significantly associated with genital talcum powder use among Black women.
While the evidence continues to mount against Johnson & Johnson, they have said in public statements that the claim that their company would target a community is “unreasonable and absurd.”
Regardless of your race, if you are facing cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, a Northern New Jersey talc cancer lawsuit attorney at Buttafuoco & Associates can explain your rights and fight for them if you do in fact have a case.
Thousands of Claims Against J&J for Serious Health Impacts
As of today, Johnson & Johnson faces over 25,000 cases claiming that its talc-based products have caused various forms of cancer. In one high-profile case, they paid $4.7 billion in damages to a group of women who filed an ovarian cancer lawsuit.
The most unforgivable part of this is that despite the fact that a significant number of studies have found a link and thousands more lawsuits continue to pour in, J&J continues to deny that their products cause cancer,
Although J&J has pulled the product from its shelves, decades of damage have already occurred and they must be held responsible. If you are suffering from ovarian cancer or mesothelioma after using one of their talc products, Buttafuoco & Associates may be able to help. We have successfully handled a significant number of similar cases, and can accurately inform you of your rights and whether or not you have a case.
Get in touch today for a free consultation with a talc cancer attorney serving Northern New Jersey at 1-800-HURT-NOW.