Elizabeth Brotten recently published an article addressing talcum powder litigation, in which a growing number of women nationwide have alleged that their use of talcum powder has caused them to develop ovarian cancer. Brotten’s article was published in Minnesota Defense, the publication of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA). While ovarian cancer talcum powder claims are relatively new in Minnesota, plaintiffs in St. Louis, Missouri courts have won verdicts of $72 million, $55 million, and over $70 million. In her article, Brotten examines the basis of talcum powder litigation, the science behind the claims, and predicts what the future holds for the litigation. The entire article is available here: mdla-nl-fall-2016. In September 2016, Brotten presented on talcum powder litigation at the National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) annual conference in Chicago.
Brotten is a litigator who focuses her practice on the defense of product liability, toxic tort, and personal injury claims. She is Vice Chair of the MDLA’s Products Liability Committee and serves among the leadership for the Defense Research Institute’s Toxic Tort and Environmental and Women in the Law national steering committees.