An Illinois woman is the latest to join the ever-growing string of lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of talc-based body powder. Last month, a lawsuit filed by Lynne Cebulske in St. Clair County Circuit Court and removed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois sought class action status on behalf of all Illinois consumers of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products. In the lawsuit, Cebulske accuses the pharmaceutical giant of concealing data that its products increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Lawsuits have been continuing to mount against the manufacturers of talcum body powers for the past few years as evidence comes to light indicating that the products are potentially cancerous. As we reported, last fall, a federal jury in Sioux Falls found Johnson & Johnson liable for a woman’s ovarian cancer that was attributed to her extended use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products. Three doctors who testified in the plaintiff’s lawsuit indicated that talc was the cause of the plaintiff’s cancer. In fact, one of those doctors, Dr. Daniel Cramer of Harvard University who has studied the link between talc and cancer for 30 years, testified that talc is probably a contributing factor in about 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer each year.
Evidence of the dangers of talcum powder began circulating about ten years ago when an analysis conducted by the American Cancer Society found a 30% increase in ovarian cancer risk among talc users, but the link became even more apparent when a recent study found that regular use of talcum powder increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer by 24 percent. In the study, researchers looked at data collected from eight separate studies and concluded that the increased risk could be caused by talcum particles traveling into a woman’s body and creating inflammation, leading to an environment that allows cancer cells to thrive.
Contact a Talc Lawsuit Lawyer
Those women who do develop ovarian cancer as a result of using talc body powder may have a cause of action against the makers of talc-based body products. The Chicago talcum powder attorneys at Ankin Law, LLC are now accepting cases for possible talc liability lawsuits. We are committed to protecting the victims of unsafe consumer products, including talc-based products and testosterone replacement therapy. We have considerable experience representing clients in a wide variety of personal injury and product liability lawsuits, including class actions lawsuits based on unsafe consumer products. Moreover, we take cases on a contingency fee basis so you don’t pay unless you win.
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have used talc-based body powders products, contact the Chicago class action lawyers at Ankin Law, LLC at (312) 481-6405 to discuss a possible talcum powder lawsuit.
Chicago personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney Howard Ankin has a passion for justice and a relentless commitment to defending injured victims throughout the Chicagoland area. With decades of experience achieving justice on behalf of the people of Chicago, Howard has earned a reputation as a proven leader in and out of the courtroom. Respected by peers and clients alike, Howard’s multifaceted approach to the law and empathetic nature have secured him a spot as an influential figure in the Illinois legal system.