Conspiracy Claim Permitted in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - Talcum powder attorneys representing ovarian cancer claims at the Onder Law Firm say a circuit court judge has allowed conspiracy claims to remain in their talcum powder lawsuit in St. Louis County. The lawsuit, filed by the husband of deceased professional ice skater Shawn Blaes, alleges Johnson & Johnson purposefully concealed the risk of talcum powder cancer from consumers, according to official court documents. These talcum powder lawyers provide timely talcum powder lawsuit news and information at the Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Center website.

Many talcum powder lawsuits have accused Johnson & Johnson officials of failing to warn consumers of known risks, according to court documents. This litigation goes a step further, alleging conspiracy. In particular, the Blaes‘ talcum powder lawsuit accused the pharmaceutical giant of launching a task force with the express purpose of hiding cancer warning information from talcum powder users, according to court documents. The allegations accuse the talcum powder producers and talc miners of participating in a "Talc Interested Party Task Force" (TIPTF), according to court documents. The written purpose of the TIPTF was to "pool financial resources of these companies in an effort to collectively defend talc use at all costs and to prevent regulation of any type over this industry," according to the plaintiff‘s allegations as listed in the initial Complaint filed February 7, 2014.

According to court documents, the plaintiffs filed allegations including concert of action and civil conspiracy, among others. The defendants, Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, filed a motion to dismiss the counts of conspiracy and concert of action. In a ruling, U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White dismissed the concert of action claim but has allowed the conspiracy claim to remain, according to court documents. The conspiracy claim alleges that the talc producers illegally concealed talcum powder cancer warning information from consumers.

Shawn Blaes, a professional figure skater and mother from Missouri, used talcum powder products such as Shower-to-Shower and Johnson‘s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene beginning in 1972 until her death, according to court documents. She died in January of 2011, after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer, according to court documents.

The talcum powder lawsuit cites research dating back to the 1970s, including more than 20 studies conducted since 1982, which indicate there is a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, according to court documents. Researchers believe that talc particles can enter the female reproductive system through the vagina and migrate to the ovaries, according to court documents.

Lawyers handling ovarian cancer allegations and talcum powder lawsuits welcome inquiries from persons and families of persons who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products for genital dusting. Talcum powder attorneys are investigating these inquiries for possible claims against Johnson & Johnson and other defendants.

The Onder Law Firm has an established track record of winning significant settlements for clients in the areas of drug and medical device recalls, as well as product and family safety. The firm is respected throughout the United States for its work on window blind strangulation, and has notable expertise in representing the interests of individuals against multi-national corporations. Women and family members of women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have a history of baby powder use are eligible for a free evaluation with a talcum powder attorney, and may contact the firm through its Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Center website.

The Onder Law Firm also welcomes talcum powder lawsuit inquiries from other law firms, either to handle these inquiries or work as co-counsel.

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