Evan M. Ostfeld, P.A. - April 2021

DID TALCUM POWDER CAUSE YOUR CANCER? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

In 2006, the International Agency for Research on Cancer officially labeled talcum powder a “possible human carcinogen.” A growing body of research found that talcum powder may be responsible for the development of cancer — specifically in women — when the powder is used on the genitals. However, despite raising alarm, not a single company that sells talcum powder products did anything. On top of that, there was no reaction from any federal agency. As a result, a number of women suffered — and died from — various cancers, including

ovarian, peritoneal and/or invasive fallopian tube cancer. Why talcum powder, or talc, causes cancer isn’t fully understood, but some suspect that it causes inflammation within the reproductive tract, and this inflammation leads to cancer development. As people began to piece the puzzle together, thousands of lawsuits were filed against Johnson & Johnson, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Colgate-Palmolive, Mennen, and others who produced various talc-based products, including Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and Shower to Shower. As more filed, it became clear that the various companies knew the risks associated with talcum powder and yet frankly, they put profits before customers’ safety! Studies found that using talcum powder on the genital region for a period of four years or more greatly increased the risk of developing cancer. The risk is higher when used during a woman’s active menstrual cycle. Many women between the ages of

21 and 80 have been diagnosed with ovarian, peritoneal and or invasive fallopian tube cancer. In many of these cases, diagnosis occurred after the International Agency for Research on Cancer began calling for action. If you or a loved one has had their life turned upside down by talc exposure using Johnson & Johnson or another manufacturers’ talc-based products, which caused development of ovarian, peritoneal and/or invasive fallopian tube cancer (diagnosed prior to 2004), there are legal options to try and obtain fair compensation for the injuries. Contact us today at (866) BAD RXRX, (866) I SUE YOU, (866) 223-7979, (866) 478-3968, (954) 227-7529, (954) 998-0075 text, or evan@attorney4life.com for a no-obligation case evaluation. There are no fees or costs unless there is a court award or settlement. We will even secure your medical records to help build the claim. Let Evan and his legal team assist, so you don’t have to fight this all alone.

Up In Flames The Fyre Festival’s Legal Fallout for Influencers

Influencer marketing has long been a legal gray area, but recently settled celebrity lawsuits related to the Fyre Festival — a failed luxury musical festival — have definitely added some color to the debate. The idea for the Fyre Festival came from rapper Ja Rule and his business partner Billy McFarland, a 25-year-old CEO of a luxury concierge service. The duo created the event together and touted it as the world’s most expensive music festival. They’d also launched an attractive marketing campaign which included celebrity promotions by Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and other influencers. All the while, the organizers knew the Fyre Festival was doomed from the start. In lieu of a multi-day, luxury experience, thousands of people were scammed and left stranded in the Bahamas instead.

“[The organizers] had six to eight weeks to pull off something that should have taken close to a year,” says Chris Smith, who directed a Netflix documentary on the festival. “But what was most surprising to me was going to the Bahamas and seeing the aftermath of what was left behind and the effect on the people there.” The local economy was devastated. “They had engaged with so much of the local community to try and pull this off. There were hundreds of day laborers working,” says Smith. “Fyre had such a high profile that I don’t think anyone could have assumed that it wouldn’t work out.” As the Fyre Festival fell apart, Gregory Messer — the trustee in charge of overseeing the bankruptcy for Fyre Media — looked into the finances. He began to suspect that there had been “fraudulent

transfers” between the founders and many of the event’s promoters, and he began to sue the celebrities and influencers that drove the hype behind the festival. For example, McFarland and Ja Rule reportedly paid Kendall Jenner over $275,000 to publish an Instagram post promoting the festival. Although Jenner denied liability, she did not disclose on the post that it was paid and sponsored. Messer’s attorney further argued that Jenner had not told her Instagram followers that she’d pulled out of the festival after learning of its disastrous problems. Although more legal parameters will likely spring up in the future to further define the limits of influencer marketing, this will certainly make any celebrity think twice about accepting money to promote events and brands. And that’s definitely for the best!

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