Cancer Risk of Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder

Evidence is mounting that Johnson & Johnson was negligent in the manufacture and marketing of feminine hygiene products that contain talcum powder. According to Bloomberg, more than 1,000 women have filed suit against the company, claiming that it knew that the use of its products could be linked to the risk of developing certain types of ovarian cancers.

Multiple scientific studies starting as far back as the 1970’s have linked talcum powder ovarian and fallopian tube cancers. These studies identified talcum fibers deeply embedded in ovarian tumors and have suggested that the use of talcum powder could increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer by 200-500%.

More recently, two juries reached a similar conclusion. In February 2016, a jury awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson products that contained talcum powder. On May 2nd, a separate jury returned a $55 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson to a woman who developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talcum containing products.

If you or a loved one has developed or died from ovarian cancer and would like more details on the risks of talcum powder, please contact Martin Walker Law at (903) 526-1600 or by emailing us at

The iPhone and Distracted Driving


Some 3,000 people are killed in distracted driving related deaths each year, and yet one of the most popular phone brands does little to help limit driver distraction.

It is well known that Apple’s iOS devices, which include the various models of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, are far more heavily locked down than similar phones and tablets running Google’s Android operating system. In most cases, users can only install new Apps on an iPhone by downloading them from Apple’s App Store. This prevents enterprising users from sharing cool or inventive features with each other, but it also makes harder for hackers to gain access to iPhones and helps prevent the spread of viruses.

When Google ships a new version of its Android operating system, it leaves it up to its hardware partners like Samsung, LG, and Nokia, to decide which of the new features to support and which they might replace with their own offerings. In contrast, when Apple releases a new version of iOS, what they say goes. End of story. For example, when iOS 6 was released in the fall of 2012, it placed new restrictions on apps that wanted to access users’ photos, read their phone contacts, or look inside their calendars. Before iOS 6, an app could skim users'personal information without asking, afterwards, the user was given the chance to approve or deny the actions of each app seeking their personal info. Apple didn’t ask third party app developers if they wanted these restrictions. They didn't give them a way to bypass the restrictions. The privacy restrictions were put in place by Apple to protect users from misbehaving apps. And that was that.

With such a strong focus on privacy and user safety, one would think Apple would be leading the fight against Distracted Driving. Unfortunately, that’s not really the case. If anything Apple’s iOS is lagging behind Google's Android in its ability to lockout phone functions while driving. Apps running on the iPhone have little control over the overall system and have little ability ability silence a user’s notifications or delay incoming texts and phone calls. On Android, it is much easier for an app to take control of the entire phone in order to protect users.

Apple doesn’t have to be behind, though. Most of the systems necessary to support a distracted driving lockout are already in place on the iPhone. Like all modern phones, the iPhone has an “airplane mode” that shuts off its cellular, wifi, and Bluetooth radios to keep them from interfering with airborne electronics. Apple's newer phones also have an always-on motion tracking processors that knows the difference between walking, running, and driving. On the most basic level, Apple could provide an option that enables airplane mode when it detects you are driving above a certain speed. Although a bit crude, since such a mode might interfere with some of the phone's other functions like giving driving directions, this would help put a stop to texting while driving and other phone related distractions.

Of course, Apple has put in quite a bit more thought into this issue than simply removing their phones from the internet the moment you start driving. Their engineers have worked on the problem of distracted driving for years, and in 2014 were even granted a patent on methods to help prevent it. Unfortunately, not much has come from Apple on the distracted driving front since then.

With distracted driving accidents and deaths on the rise, Apple is the one player in the smartphone market perfectly positioned to help put a stop to it. The only question now is: Will they?

Tough Times for Oilfield Workers

Tough Times for Oilfield Workers

Times have been tough for the oil industry the last few years. Following the development of new technologies that allowed companies to extract oil from previously unreachable places, the price of that oil has now dropped some 60 – 70%. Suddenly, investments that looked like sure things were leading to massive layoffs and a long string of bankruptcies. In Texas alone, over 84,000 oil workers have lost their jobs since the oil bust in 2015. Additionally, 21 Texas oil companies have filed for bankruptcy in 2016 alone. The number comes to 63 or more since 2015. One can’t help feel for all those that have lost their jobs in the last few years, but there is a second group of oil field workers that we need to be concerned about: The ones still on the job.
As workers get laid off and companies go out of business, those still on the job face the prospects of reduced pay, longer hours, tougher working conditions, and, sometimes, a drive to cut “unnecessary costs” like routine equipment checks or more stringent safety procedures. The problem, of course, is those “unnecessary costs” often are necessary. And when something goes wrong, the company that has already been cutting its costs wherever it can is not usually going to be the first to step up to help.
Unfortunately, all too often, oil companies are set up from the beginning to deflect blame and limit their liability in cases of an accident or mishap. In the worst cases, instead of doing all they can to help, oil companies will try and insulate themselves from blame with teams of lawyers and confusing work agreements. What can an oil field worker, especially one who has already been injured on the job, do against that?
If you’ve been injured as part of an oil field accident, one of the best things you can do is find a law firm in your area who knows the challenges of working in the oil and gas industry. One who will focus on your case and is prepared to take it all the way to trial.
In Tyler Texas, Martin Walker Law is that firm. We have handled numerous oil and gas cases and give each and every case the personalized attention it deserves. If you or a loved one have been injured in an oilfield accident contact us today.