Baby Powder Lawsuits: Why Ovarian Cancer Patients Are Stepping Forward

Baby Powder Lawsuits: Why Ovarian Cancer Patients Are Stepping Forward2018-10-04T09:30:09+00:00

Medical researchers have worried about a potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer for years. Yet Johnson & Johnson, the nation’s largest manufacturer of talc-based products, has never issued a warning to consumers.

  • Over 4,000 baby powder lawsuits
  • 6 state court jury verdicts
  • $700 million in awarded compensation

Were you or a loved one diagnosed with ovarian cancer after exposure to talc powders? Contact our experienced attorneys to learn more about your legal options now. Eligible patients and families may be able to secure significant financial compensation.

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In state and federal courts across the country, thousands of women and families have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, accusing the company of selling popular baby powder products without informing the public of a link to ovarian cancer.

Ovarian Cancer Patients File Baby Powder Lawsuits

These patients, who were diagnosed with cancer after years of using talc-based powders, have been joined by widowers and children, family members still grieving the loss of a loved one. While their personal circumstances are different, all of these people share a common allegation: talcum powders cause ovarian cancer, and J&J did nothing to warn consumers.

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For evidence, plaintiffs point to more than four decades of medical research. Over a dozen published papers have found that repeated use of talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product can increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson dismisses these studies as “inconclusive,” refusing to add a cancer warning to its talc-based products.

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Plaintiffs: Johnson & Johnson Failed To Warn Women

In contrast to the findings of many medical researchers, Johnson & Johnson actively promotes baby powders as a “safe” and essential part of feminine and baby hygiene. Since the first talcum powder was introduced over 100 years ago, the company’s Baby Powder and Shower-To-Shower products have become a mainstay for American consumers.

Today, over 1 in 4 women in the United States say they use talcum powder in some way, normally as a deodorant sprinkled on underwear or sanitary napkins. This is a nearly unprecedented health risk, plaintiffs in a slew of lawsuits say. Millions of women are actively using a product, complaints claim, that may in fact cause ovarian cancer.

Did J&J Conceal Evidence Of Cancer Risk?

Even more troubling revelations have come to light during the course of litigation. Attorneys have uncovered damning evidence that leading employees at the company expressed serious concerns about the link between baby powder and ovarian cancer. Despite these internal worries, Johnson & Johnson failed to inform the public, Plaintiffs claim.

The Talc Interested Party Task Force

More shocking, many patients accuse the company of orchestrating a massive campaign to discredit the work of prominent cancer researchers. An industry-funded lobbying group, spearheaded by Johnson & Johnson, was established to fight back against studies that found a link between talc and ovarian cancer, the Huffington Post reports.

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association set up a “Talc Interested Party Task Force” to pressure government regulators and hide scientific research, plaintiffs say. In part, the Task Force’s goal was to fund biased research and release false information to the public, lawsuits continue, in a desperate attempt to turn the tide of public opinion.

New Records Make Asbestos – Mesothelioma Link

More recently, internal corporate documents unsealed in court proceedings appear to suggest that Johnson & Johnson talc-based products, at least at one time, were contaminated with asbestos, the deadly mineral that causes mesothelioma.

In 1974, company officials expressed their concerns that a mine in Vermont was producing asbestos-containing talc, even working with federal regulators to nip the problem in the bud. But two years earlier, Johnson & Johnson had circulated training materials that claimed asbestos had “never” been found in the company’s talcum powder and “never” would be.

After Huge Jury Verdicts, Attorneys Urge Action

With thousands of lawsuits already filed, the baby powder litigation is moving at a fast pace. Five state court juries convened in Missouri have already heard the evidence and legal arguments. In four of these cases, ovarian cancer patients were awarded significant financial compensation.

$700 Million In Compensation To Date

One of the latest trials, held in the case of a 62-year-old woman, ended in a $110.5 million award, leading one attorney to say, “once again, we’ve shown that these companies ignored the scientific evidence and continue to deny their responsibilities to the women of America.”

Outside Missouri, only one talcum powder trial has been held before, but like most of the cases in St. Louis, it ended with a major victory for ovarian cancer patients. In August of 2017, a California state jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay one cancer patient an extraordinary $417 million in compensation. To date, ovarian cancer patients have won over $700 million.

In the wake of these huge jury verdicts, the doors of courtrooms across the country have been swung wide for other ovarian cancer patients and families. Thousands of patients may still be eligible to file a talcum powder lawsuit. In the tragic case that ovarian cancer caused a loved one’s death, surviving family members could be able to pursue a wrongful death claim, demanding compensation for burial expenses, lost financial support and emotional suffering.

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Were you or a loved one diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma after long-term talcum powder use? Our experienced product liability attorneys are here to help.

Eligible plaintiffs may be able to file a baby powder lawsuit and pursue significant financial compensation. Time, however, could be limited, so taking prompt action is absolutely necessary. State laws often restrict the amount of time plaintiffs have to file a claim. Missing out on one of these crucial deadlines will almost certainly invalidate your right to pursue justice.

Contact our lawyers today to get started. In a free, no obligation consultation, you can learn more about your legal options at absolutely no risk. Just call or complete our online contact form now.


Talcum Powder News & Developments

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Thousands of women say Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products increase the risk for ovarian cancer. Over 4,000 have taken to court. To follow the litigation in-depth, check this page frequently for the latest developments.

September 21, 2018 – Talc Supplier Settles California Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit

The supplier of talc for the Johnson & Johnson company has decided to settle its part of a lawsuit which claimed that the asbestos-tainted talc caused the plaintiff’s cancer. The supplier, Imerys SA, reached a deal prior to the suit going to trial and the terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. The plaintiff in the case filed a lawsuit after being diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017. The Shower-to-Shower product that the plaintiff has used for over 40-years contained the asbestos-tainted talc.

August 31, 2018 – Judge Affirms St. Louis Jury’s Baby Powder Verdict

On July 12, a St. Louis jury decided in favor of the 22 women and their families that had sued Johnson & Johnson alleging their talc-based baby powder caused ovarian cancer. The women were awarded $4.69 billion dollars in damages. Judge Rex Burlison just affirmed the jury’s decision on Tuesday, August 21.

July 31, 2018 – Baby Powder Lawsuit Ends With Verdict In Favor Of The Plaintiffs

A St. Louis jury announced on Thursday, July 12, that the 22 plaintiffs in the talcum powder lawsuit. The suit alleged that Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder product contributed to the women’s development of ovarian cancer, specifically due to the product containing asbestos. The jury awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages.

June 28, 2018 – Jury Selection Begins For St. Louis Baby Powder Trial

On Monday, June 4, the jury selection began for a baby powder trial that is beginning in St. Louis. This trial will have two 22 plaintiffs who allege that the Johnson & Johnson product contributed to their development of ovarian cancer. It is expected that the trial will last around six weeks.

May 31, 2018 – Johnson & Johnson Ordered To Pay Additional Damages In Baby Powder Case

A jury in Los Angeles awarded the plaintiff in a baby powder case compensatory damages of $21.7 million after she was exposed to asbestos in the product and later developed mesothelioma. The makers of the baby powder were ordered to pay an additional $4 million in punitive damages making the total award to the plaintiff $25.7 million. This is the second trial loss for Johnson & Johnson in connection with their baby powder product.

April 17, 2018 – Baby Powder Lawsuit Filed By Massachusetts Woman

A Massachusetts woman filed a baby powder lawsuit last month in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging that her use of the product caused her to develop a type of ovarian cancer. According to the suit, the woman used both Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for most of her life and was diagnosed with high grade serous carcinoma in 2015. The complaint alleges that the defendants failed to warn women about the risks associated with using the products close to the genitals.

March 30, 2018 – New Bill In Missouri Targets Baby Powder And Other Similar Lawsuits

A new bill that is being considered has many business owners extremely excited as it aims to change the view of the state as having one of the nation’s worst legal climates and its reputation for being very plaintiff-friendly. The bill already passed in the House on March 15 and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce was happy to hear this news and one spokeswoman for the chamber used the baby powder lawsuits as an example of a problematic case. If passed into law it would create several rules as to when plaintiffs can join together to file a lawsuit.

February 23, 2018 – Second Talcum Powder Lawsuit Begins In New Jersey

This is the second trial against Johnson & Johnson regarding their talcum powder product but it is the first case to be heard in New Jersey. The case has already gotten underway in Middlesex County Superior Court. The plaintiff is a 46-year-old man who used the product Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, throughout his life and claims that is the reason he received a mesothelioma diagnosis. Mesothelioma is caused by inhaling asbestos which is what the plaintiff claims is present in baby powder or talc.

October 5, 2017 – Talcum Powder May Have Been Contaminated By Asbestos, New Lawsuit Says

A new lawsuit, filed on behalf of around 80 women, claims that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products may have contained trace amounts of asbestos during the 1970s or even later, Insurance Journal reports. These recent allegations derive from a series of corporate memos, unsealed during litigation, in which company officials appear to admit that asbestos fibers were identified in several talc mines a few decades ago. Asbestos is the only confirmed cause of mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer that begins in the lining of organs.

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