Sufferers drop Rio Tinto from cancer lawsuit

The cancer sufferers who claimed their use of talcum powder obtained from Rio Tinto’s talc mines caused their condition have dropped their case against the company.

The ovarian cancer sufferers, based in Louisiana, USA, instead replaced Rio with the French company Imerys Talc, which bought Rio’s talc operations in 2011, the Canberra Times reports.

Earlier this year the four ovarian cancer sufferers and the husband of one woman who died sued Johnson and Johnson, along with Rio subsidiary Rio Tinto Minerals, over the development of their illness.

The five women had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer between 2011 and 2015 and had each used Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products “for feminine hygiene purposes”.

The suffers have not, however, altered their suit against Johnson & Johnson, and maintain that the talc mined by a Rio subsidiary and sold to Johnson & Johnson led to their illness.

Rio welcomed the variation of the claims, stating their company “was improperly named as a secondary defendant in these cases”.

Both Johnson & Johnson and Imerys are defending the claims.

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