Johnson & Johnson faces more than 1,000 lawsuits claiming the company’s talc powder, commonly called baby powder, caused ovarian cancer. But for the roughly 200 women whose lawsuits were consolidated in New Jersey, bad news emerged from the first state trial asserting the claim. The trial judge, Judge Nelson Johnson, ruled that the women did not provide sufficient medical evidence demonstrating the causal link between use of the talc powder and the ovarian cancer.
Judge Johnson wrote a 33-page order dismissing the lawsuit brought by Brandi Carl and Diana Balderrama. The judge called the testimony by plaintiffs’ experts to be narrow and shallow in establishing the link between the talc and cancer. Finding the evidence to suffer from “multiple deficiencies,” the judge dismissed the case. The case is Brandi Carl v. Johnson & Johnson, No. ATL-L-6546-14, Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division (Atlantic City).
However, J&J is not free of the talc claims. It is also facing a talc trial this month in state court in St. Louis, where more than 1,000 suits have been filed. And J&J has already lost two trials there. In February, a jury ordered the company to pay $72 million in damages to a woman and in May, another jury awarded $55 million in damages to a South Dakota woman who claimed that the powder caused her cancer.