Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - Attorneys providing weekly talcum powder lawsuit news updates at their Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Center website offer information this week on the progress of litigation underway in St. Louis County, Missouri. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of Shawn Blaes, deceased, charged defendant Imery‘s Talc America with Concert of Action, according to court documents. The charge was recently dismissed by U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White after the defendant filed a request for dismissal of the charge, according to court documents.
Imery‘s Talc is the leading producer of talc worldwide, providing approximately 15% of the world‘s supply of talc. According to the company, Imery‘s Group "continues to represent the highest quality talc products on the market". Originally established in the 1840s in the French Pyrenees, Imery‘s now boasts 245 sites and 1,000 employees in 50 countries, according to the company‘s website. According to Imery‘s, talc is used in a wide variety of products ranging from paper, plastics and ceramics to food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Talcum powder lawsuits, such as the one underway in St. Louis County, allege that the manufacturer was aware of the risk of cancer from talcum powder use for perineal hygiene and knowingly continued to manufacture the product without warning consumers, according to court documents.
"Concert of Action is a charge made against two or more companies, accusing them of agreeing to commit a crime together. In the case of talcum powder lawsuits, plaintiffs have alleged that Imery‘s Talc America worked in concert with Johnson & Johnson, agreeing together to conceal cancer risks from talcum powder users. This charge was dismissed; however, a conspiracy charge was held against the companies," reported Jim Onder, regarding Shawn Blaes v. Johnson & Johnson, et al.
The Concert of Action charge and Conspiracy charge against Imery‘s Talc America and Johnson & Johnson stemmed from allegations that the companies participated in shaping and sustaining a task force aimed at concealing research linking talcum powder and ovarian cancer, according to official court documents. The task force, known as TIPTF ("Talc Interested Party Task Force") was allegedly created to leverage the financial resources of each of its member parties to block new rules regulating the talc industry, according to court documents. The conspiracy claim, which was not dismissed, alleges the defendants purposefully engaged in concealing cancer risk information from talcum powder users, which is potentially illegal activity. The lawsuit alleges that Imery‘s Talc America and Johnson & Johnson were aware of more than twenty studies dating back to the 1970s that suggest using talcum powder for perineal hygiene puts women at risk for developing ovarian cancer, according to court documents.
Attorneys handling national talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits will continue to provide talcum powder lawsuit news and information at their website, the Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Center. The firm provides no-cost, no-obligation case review for persons who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have a history of using talcum powder for personal hygiene. Talcum powder attorneys are investigating these inquiries for possible claims against Imery‘s Talc America, 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. Persons and the family members of persons who have suffered from ovarian cancer and have used talcum powder for perineal hygiene are eligible for a free case review 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.
About The Onder Law Firm
Onder, Shelton, O‘Leary & Peterson, LLC is a St. Louis based personal injury law firm handling serious injury and death claims across the country. Its mission is the pursuit of justice, no matter how complex the case or strenuous the effort. Onder, Shelton, O‘Leary & Peterson has represented clients throughout the United States, and other firms throughout the nation often seek its experience and expertise on complex litigation. It is a recognized leader in products liability cases such as window blind cord strangulation and pharmaceutical litigation. The Onder Law Firm‘s talcum powder attorneys provide information to the public at http://www.talcumpowderovariancancercenter.com/.