Suit claims use of baby powder led to fatal cancer

By Louie Torres | Aug 15, 2016

CHICAGO — An administrator of a deceased woman's estate is suing Johnson & Johnson; Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Inc.; Imerys Talc America Inc.; Luzenac America Inc.; Personal Care Products Council; and the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association, citing alleged failure to warn, negligence, and product liability in connection with a woman's death from ovarian cancer.

Gylmore Simpson, as special administrator of the estate of Brenda Simpson, filed a complaint on July 25 in Cook County Circuit Court against the defendants, alleging that the talc in Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused Brenda Simpson to develop ovarian cancer.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Brenda Simpson was diagnosed with ovarian cancer which she believes was caused by using baby powder. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly included talc as one of the ingredients of the baby powder while failing to inform regarding the potential health risk of using the product.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendants in an amount in excess of $50,000, and is represented by Michael T. Mertz and Brian J. Holmes of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 16L007381

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