Daughter alleges talc in Johnson & Johnson products caused late mother's cancer

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 29, 2018

FRESNO – A Fresno County woman alleges her late mother's ovarian cancer was caused by her use of talc-based products for several decades.

Traci Finch, individually and as special administrator for the estate of Mary Parrish, filed a complaint on Aug. 13 in the Fresno County Superior Court against Johnson & Johnson; formerly known as Johnson Consumer Cos. Inc.; Imerys Talc America Inc.; and Does 1 through 100 alleging negligence and the counts.

According to the complaint, Traci Finch's mother, Mary Parrish, purchased defendants' talc-based Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products and used them on a daily basis in an around her perineal region from 1960 through 2001.

The suit states on Aug. 6, 2001, Parrish was diagnosed with metastatic ovarian cancer, which the plaintiff alleges was caused by the "unreasonably dangerous and defective nature of talcum powder." The suit states Parrish died Aug. 30, 2001.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants knew or reasonably should have known that the products were dangerous when misused and failed to warn of the danger.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for damages, expenses, attorney's fees, costs of suit, prejudgment interest, and such other and further relief as the court may deem just and proper. She is represented by Mark P. Robinson Jr. of Robinson Calcagne Inc. in Newport Beach and others.

Fresno County Superior Court Case number 18CECG03022

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