Houston lawyer named to committee driving talcum powder litigation
HOUSTON – Acclaimed Houston trial lawyer Richard “Rick” Meadow of The Lanier Law Firm has been named to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the federal multi-district litigation against Johnson & Johnson over ovarian cancer claims involving the company’s talcum powder products.
Mr. Meadow joins three other attorneys appointed to the committee by U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.
As a member of the committee, Mr. Meadow will continue to investigate and develop the claims while also overseeing the coordination, preparation, and presentation of the cases.
The lawsuits allege that for decades Johnson & Johnson has sold and marketed talc-based hygiene products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder despite being aware of and concealing scientific evidence linking those products to ovarian cancer.
Since the early 1970s, more than 20 well-executed clinical scientific studies have shown that women using talcum powder for genital hygiene are at a significantly greater risk of ovarian cancer compared to those who have never used it. In the U.S., ovarian cancer affects about 24,000 women a year and is the fifth-leading cause of cancer death among women.
“It is an honor to assume a leadership role with this group of experienced and respected litigators who are seeking justice for thousands of current plaintiffs and protection for millions of consumers in the future,” says Mr. Meadow. “While we anticipate a vigorous defense, the truth and the science are on our side.”
Mr. Meadow, National Mass Tort Leader for The Lanier Law Firm, has been a practicing trial attorney for more than 30 years and oversees all of the firm’s pharmaceutical mass torts. He has successfully tried more than 25 cases to verdict and was on the Lanier Law Firm trial team that obtained record-setting verdicts related to the painkiller Vioxx. To learn more about Mr. Meadow, visit the firm’s website https://lanierlawfirm0.wpengine.com/attorneys/richard-d-meadow.htm