Rio Tinto Minerals Sued over Talcum Powder’s Link to Cancer
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Sep 12, 2016 in Defective Products
A newly filed lawsuit names mining giant Rio Tinto Minerals Inc. as a responsible party in five alleged cases of ovarian cancer caused by the use of Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products. Rio Tinto mines talc that is used in Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products.
The five plaintiffs, four women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and the husband of one woman who died from ovarian cancer, claim they had used Baby Powder and Shower to Shower manufactured by Johnson & Johnson prior to their diagnoses of ovarian cancer, which occurred between 2011 and 2015.
Luzenac America, Rio Tinto Mineral’s former subsidiary, was named in the lawsuit as well. The plaintiffs allege that the talc at issue was mined by the company and used by Johnson & Johnson in Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.
The lawsuit claims that these three companies were aware of the increased risk of ovarian cancer linked to talc usage in the genital region, yet failed to notify consumers of the dangers associated with using these products.
To date, over 1000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson regarding the link between use of their talcum powder products and ovarian cancer. This latest lawsuit is the first to name Rio Tinto Minerals.
Two separate juries in Missouri held Johnson & Johnson responsible for terminal ovarian cancer in two women who were users of the company’s talcum powder products. Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $172 million in total damages for the two individual cases.
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with ovarian cancer following routine use of talcum powder products, you may be able to file a talcum powder cancer lawsuit to recover compensation.
Contact the defective product lawyers at Phillips Law Group to review your claim and find out all of your legal options.