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The impact of talcum powder on our lives has taken center stage as tens of thousands of lawsuits claim a link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer.

With so much at stake, understanding the criteria for a baby powder ovarian cancer lawsuit is essential.

Drawing on my extensive experience as a medical attorney who has handled numerous baby powder lawsuits, this article explores the connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, the current state of ongoing cases, and crucial information to remember if you’re considering legal action.

Quick Summary

  • Ovarian cancer can be developed from exposure to talcum powder.
  • Individuals who have used talc products for at least one year and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer may be eligible to pursue a lawsuit against manufacturers, distributors, or retailers.
  • J&J is set to pay a $8.9 billion settlement related to talcum powder lawsuits.

Can Talcum Cause You To Develop Ovarian Cancer?

A close up shot of talcum baby powder on a tableYes, talcum can cause you to develop ovarian cancer. Talcum powder, once an integral part of a woman’s daily hygiene routine, has become a source of concern and litigation.

Studies suggest that talcum powder exposure, particularly when used for intimate hygiene matters, may increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer. According to a 2022 study by the National Center for Biotechnology and Information, talc use increases ovarian cancer risk by 30–60% [1].

As a result, talcum powder litigation has emerged, with plaintiffs in talcum powder lawsuits claiming negligence and harm from talc exposure. 

Johnson & Johnson, a major manufacturer of talcum powder products, has been at the center of these lawsuits.

The company, also known as J&J’s, has been ordered to allocate $4 billion to settle talcum powder lawsuits, indicating the potential value of these cases and the likelihood of settlements in the upcoming months.

What Is Talcum Powder?

Talcum powder is a soft, white powder made from talc, a naturally occurring mineral. It is also known as talc powder. Its primary use is to provide a dry and smooth sensation on the skin by absorbing moisture and reducing friction [2].

Talc-containing products include cosmetic products such as baby powder, adult body and facial powders, and various talc products.

​​Does Talcum Powder Have Asbestos?

Pouring talcum powder with asbestos on the palmNo, not all talcum powders have asbestos in them. Asbestos, a known carcinogen, has been found in some talcum powder products, raising concerns about the potential health risks associated with talcum powder use.

Asbestos exposure can increase the risk of developing various types of cancer, including ovarian cancer or mesothelioma.

According to Reuters and information available to plaintiffs’ lawyers, internal memos reveal that J&J conducted research that discovered its talc products contained asbestos.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Status

A gavel and lawsuit paperThousands of talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson, with some settlements already reached.

Under a proposed agreement, J&J would pay current and future plaintiffs about $8.9 billion over 25 years to settle talcum powder lawsuits.

According to Johnson & Johnson’s court filing, they proposed that their subsidiary would pay out the agreed settlement of $8.9 billion over 25 years. The subsidiary LTL Management LLC had filed for bankruptcy due to financial distress to facilitate this payment.

If the bankruptcy court approves this proposal, it will settle all present and future claims related to Johnson & Johnson products containing talcum powder, including baby powder.

However, a recent appeals court decision revealed that LTL Management, the subsidiary in question, is not financially difficult and can pay the claims. As a result, the court dismissed the subsidiary’s bankruptcy filing.

These lawsuits have been consolidated into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) to streamline the legal process and address the numerous claims.

One notable case resulted in a $4.7 billion verdict for 22 plaintiffs in St. Louis County, Missouri, in 2018. However, the Missouri Supreme Court later overturned the verdicts for two of the plaintiffs and reduced the total amount to $2 billion.

Although a comprehensive settlement agreement for all talcum powder plaintiffs is under discussion, it remains uncertain if Johnson & Johnson will appeal the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Talcum Powder Injuries & Side Effects

A top view of a talcum powder being poured on a bowl

The injuries and side effects of talcum powder use extend beyond ovarian cancer. Research has linked talcum powder use to mesothelioma and other health complications [3].

Additional health complications include:

  • Respiratory issues
  • Skin irritation
  • Rashes

These risks highlight the importance of understanding the potential dangers of talcum powder and considering alternative products.

A growing body of evidence suggests that using talcum powder (also called talc) in the genital area can increase a woman’s chances of developing ovarian cancer.
Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D., Founder of National Center for Health Research

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Studies

More than 2 dozen studies going back decades have identified links between the use of baby powder and cancer:

  • 1982 – A case-controlled study published in the journal Cancer [6] found that women who “regularly used talc-based baby powder either as a dusting powder on the perineum or on sanitary napkins” were 1.92 times (92%) more likely to develop ovary cancer.
  • 1997 – A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology (PDF) found that “women with a history of perineal dusting with genital talc” were 1.6 times (60%) more likely to develop cancerous tumors.
  • 2008 – Meta-study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health [7] pooled together more than 20 studies and found a 35% increase in the risk of ovarian cancer diagnosis in women who used talc powder.

Talcum Powder Recall

A talcum powder that was recalledTalcum powder recalls have occurred due to concerns over asbestos contamination and potential health risks.

In 2019, Johnson & Johnson recalled 33,000 bottles of baby powder after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found trace amounts of asbestos [4]. The company discontinued North American sales of its talc-based baby powder in 2020.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified talc as a possible carcinogen, and the FDA has issued warnings concerning talcum powder products and their potential health risks [5].

Filing a Baby Powder/Talc-Cancer Lawsuit

Filing a talcum powder lawsuit involves:

  • Determining eligibility.
  • Understanding the types of cases.
  • Identifying potential defendants.
  • Meeting the burden of proof.

Eligibility for filing a talcum powder lawsuit depends on factors such as the duration of use, purpose of use, and diagnosis of related health conditions.

What Types Of Talc Lawsuits Are People Filing?

A lawyer reading lawsuit papersThe types of talc lawsuits people are filing are product liability, negligence, and failure to warn consumers of potential risks. Most product liability lawsuits are individual cases, but some have also been class action lawsuits.

Lawsuits related to talc-based cosmetic and personal use products causing ovarian cancer and respiratory problems are being brought forward against major brands and manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson.

Over 60,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that their talc-based products led to deadly forms of cancer.

Who Is Eligible To File A Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

Those who are eligible to file a talcum powder lawsuit are individuals who have used talcum powder products such as J&J’s talcum powder product for at least one year and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer within the past three years (or within the statute of limitations in their state) may be eligible to pursue a talcum powder lawsuit.

Who Can I Sue For Talcum Powder Complications?

Those you can sue for talcum powder complications are manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of talc-based products. Johnson & Johnson, a prominent talc supplier, is the primary organization cited in talcum powder lawsuits.

What Is The Burden Of Proof During A Talcum Claim?

Two people discussing burden of proof during a talcum claim

The burden of proof in a talcum powder claim requires demonstrating a connection between talc use and the development of ovarian cancer or other health complications. Medical records, product labels, and expert testimony are necessary to substantiate a talcum claim.

Aside from the information listed above, eligibility for a talcum powder cancer lawsuit typically requires you to:

  • Confirm the specific type of epithelial ovarian cancer linked to talcum or baby powder containing talc and is the most common form of ovarian cancer.
  • Ensure regular use of talcum powder for at least four years.
  • Verify diagnosis within the Statutes of Limitations.

How Much Is a Talcum Powder Lawsuit Case Settlement Worth?

A top view of gavel and dollar billsA talcum powder lawsuit case settlement worth varies, with some cases resulting in significant compensation for plaintiffs.

Based on recent settlements and verdicts, the average payout for a talcum powder lawsuit can range from $100,000 to $2.1 billion.

Factors such as the severity of the illness, the strength of the evidence, and the defendant’s willingness to settle can impact the settlement amount.

As talcum powder lawsuits continue to evolve, potential plaintiffs should be aware of the potential value of their case and the factors that may influence the outcome.

While no two cases are identical, understanding the range of possible settlements can help plaintiffs make informed decisions about their legal options.

FAQs

Can I Join a Baby Powder Class Action Lawsuit?

You can join a baby powder class action lawsuit if you meet the relevant eligibility criteria. Eligibility typically depends on factors such as having a cancer diagnosis, frequently using talcum powder, and adhering to the applicable statute of limitations.

How Long Will My Baby Powder Lawsuit Take?

The duration of a baby powder lawsuit will take anywhere from two to several years to be settled. Factors such as the number of plaintiffs, the strength of the evidence, and the willingness of the defendant to settle can all impact the duration of the lawsuit.

What Is The Average Payout For A Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

The average payout for a talcum powder lawsuit can vary significantly. Based on recent settlements and verdicts, it is reasonable to assume that the average Johnson & Johnson baby powder settlement is at least $100,000.This amount is likely higher for those suffering more serious health complications due to talc.

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References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3621109/
  2. https://www.cancercenter.com/risk-factors/talcum-powder
  3. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/risk-prevention/chemicals/talcum-powder-and-cancer.html
  4. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/baby-powder-manufacturer-voluntarily-recalls-products-asbestos
  5. https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/talc
  6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7083145/
  7. https://jech.bmj.com/content/62/4/358.long

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