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Woman alleges talcum powder caused ovarian cancer

By Michael Abella | Oct 21, 2016

BELLEVILLE — A woman has filed suit against Johnson & Johnson for alleged negligence after a link between talc and cancer was discovered.

Wendy Schwartz filed a complaint Sept. 28 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Co. Inc., Imerys Talc America Inc. and Walgreen Co., alleging that they failed to inform customers of their product's known health hazard.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a direct and proximate result of using the defendants' talc-based products, which allegedly required past and will require future surgeries and treatment.

Schwartz alleges the defendants advertised and marketed that talc is safe for human use, failed to provide adequate health and warning information and failed to properly test their product.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against each defendant in a reasonable amount in excess of $50,000, plus punitive damages, costs of this suit and all other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Daniel R. Seidman of Seidman Margulis & Fairman LLP in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 16-L-512

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