ST. LOUIS — Consumers are suing Johnson & Johnson, Imerys Talc America Inc., and other talcum powder manufacturers, citing alleged failure to warn and negligence.

Leafa Ah Soon, Elaine Arreaga, Dianne Bennane and others filed a complaint on Dec. 29 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that they continually advertised that talc was safe for human use.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that as a result of using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower they developed ovarian cancer. They allegedly have incurred medical expenses, and had to endure pain and suffering. 

The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because they allegedly negligently manufactured the unreasonably dangerous and defective products, and failed to disclose that their products were unsafe and posed serious health hazards when used in the perineal areas of women.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury; and seek damages of not less than $25,000, plus costs of this action, and all other relief that the court may find just and appropriate. They are represented by Stephanie Rados, William W. Balir and James G. Onder of OnderLaw LLC in St. Louis; R. Allen Smith Jr. of The Smith Law Firm PLLC in Ridgeland, Mississippi; and Timothy W. Porter of Porter & Malouf PA in Jackson, Mississippi.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1822-CC00002

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