On May 12, 2016, the Branch Law Firm filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson; Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, LLC; Imerys Talc America, Inc.; and Ethicon Endo-Surgery. This is the first lawsuit in New Mexico against these companies for their talcum products. The litigation against these defendants will be groundbreaking in New Mexico and will open the door to many more plaintiffs seeking to pursue their claims against these defendants.
In short, the Branch Law Firm states that talcum powder, namely Johnson & Johnson’ Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products are dangerous and have been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer with its use. The Defendants have long marketed talcum products as a safe and effective product that can be used anywhere on the body. One particular use was by females around their genitalia—called the perineal region. However, what has been known since the late 1970s is that talc use to the perineal region causes the product to migrate into the ovaries, where it causes scarring, inflammation, and an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
Since the 1970s, there have been many scientific tests to confirm that talc use to the perineal region causes an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The Defendants have known about every test conducted, but yet still deny the obvious. The Johnson & Johnson companies contend that their talcum products are safe, but science tells us otherwise.