What is Talc?
Talc is found in baby powder and other talcum powder products. Generations of women all over the country have used talc as a feminine hygiene product. For many women, this form of use is something that is as habitual as brushing their teeth.
What are the potential injuries?
For decades, studies have shown a link between ovarian cancer and talc, but some manufacturers still knowingly use talc in their products with no warning to consumers. Experts suggest that there may be over 10,000 cases of ovarian cancer each year linked to the use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene. Evidence presented so far has demonstrated that use of talcum powder over an extended period of time may increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer by as much as 200%-500%.
What is the legal outlook?
Although these cases are complex and involve a significant amount of detail, two verdicts have already been handed down against talcum powder manufacturers. The first verdict, handed down in February 2016, was for $72 million. The second verdict, handed down in May 2016, was for $55 million. The manufacturer is appealing both decisions.
There are currently around 1,200 similar cases waiting to be heard. The next trial date is set in St. Louis, Missouri for September 2016.