Victoria Maniatis Appointed Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Position in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation

January 9, 2016 – We are proud to announce that Victoria Maniatis, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Attorney and Partner, Sanders Phillips Grossman, will be one of eleven attorneys from across the United States who have been appointed to make up the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in another Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Litigation, an MDL that was created in October 2016 and includes more than 70 pending actions. The case, No. 3:16-md-02738, has been assigned to Judge Freda L. Wolfson, U.S. District Court, New Jersey.

The current lawsuit will once again force Johnson & Johnson to defend claims by women nationwide that its Talcum Powder and Shower to Shower products caused their ovarian cancer. Although the company has maintained there is no connection, internal documents and materials have shown company communications on the subject as far back as 1972. Other documents show Johnson & Johnson ignoring studies linking the talcum powder products to ovarian cancer and also developing a strategy to avoid government regulation.

In three other trials in Missouri state court this year, J&J was slammed with guilty verdicts that garnered $72 million, $70 million and $55 million in favor of three women who blamed their ovarian cancer on talcum powder. It has since been widely accepted that the J&J products are linked to ovarian cancer.

“Despite numerous credible scientific studies showing an increased risk of ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson has never warned users of their Baby Powder or other talcum-powder based products. Internal documents make clear that J&J and its principal supplier of talc have been aware of the risks of ovarian cancer for many years. Rather than act responsibly and warn consumers, Johnson & Johnson suppressed safety information and actively misled women about the dangers of genital talc use. The company’s conduct is reprehensible,” Plaintiff Attorney O’Dell said of the past cases.

Victoria Maniatis has received distinguished honors in 2013 through 2016 as a Top Attorney and Top Women Attorney of the New York Metro Area. She is also an active member of the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ), the American Association for Justice (AAJ), and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). As one of the founding members of the Mass Tort Med School’s annual medical seminar for Plaintiffs’ attorneys, Ms. Maniatis has also served as a committee co-chair for the Women En Masse mass tort group.

See Ms. Maniatis’s full profile here.