Woman Contracts Ovarian Cancer From A Household Product She Used For Decades

We see the ads for them every night. You can’t flip through the myriad of cable channels out there and not run across one. With names that are almost unpronounceable and the promise of initial representation without compensation, lawyers and law firms troll the ill-advised and the in firmed, hoping to gain new clients while warning the world of the latest looming court battle.

We’ve All Used It

One of the most recent revolves around talcum powder (or talc, for short). Used by generations, and produced by known names like Johnson & Johnson, the hygiene aide promised to keep you dry and deodorized. Turns out, it may also have given you cancer, if you are a woman. Recent studies have shown a causal link between use and such a diagnosis, but no real verdicts have confirmed this – until now.

Eva Echeverria Used It For Over 40 Years

A woman in California sued Johnson and Johnson, saying they failed to warn her (and other consumers) about the potential dangers in daily use of talc. Eva Echeverria claims to have used the company’s baby powder for decades, and the resulting exposure gave her cancer. She took the company to court, and recently received the largest jury award ever in such a case – $417 million. According to her complaint, she got sick as the “proximate result of the unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder,” and the court agreed.

And She Sued When This Happened To Her

Ms. Echeverria’s lawyer issued this statement on the result:

“Mrs. Echeverria is dying from this ovarian cancer and she said to me all she wanted to do was to help the other women throughout the whole country who have ovarian cancer for using Johnson & Johnson for 20 and 30 years.

She really didn’t want sympathy,” he added. “She just wanted to get a message out to help these other women.”

Naturally, Johnson & Johnson said they will appeal. They are currently dealing with multiple lawsuits on the same grounds and have lost others. Ms. Echeverria’s award is the largest so far.

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