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Overview

Talcum powder is made from talc, a magnesium and silicon-based mineral that absorbs moisture and reduces friction. These properties make it useful to the personal care industry, which uses talc in products including baby powders, body powder, foot powders and intimate hygiene products for women.

In recent decades, it has become customary for women to dust their private parts, underwear and sanitary napkins with talcum powder, a practice associated with cleanliness and freshness. The substance has also been used with diaphragm or birth control and was once found in certain brands of condoms.

What’s the Problem?

More than 1,200 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of women who allegedly developed ovarian cancer after using J&J Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder. While these products contain warnings against inhalation, they do not warn about the dangers of external use. Our lawyers are investigating allegations that J&J knew or should have known about the risks of talcum powder for women when used externally.

The American Cancer Society (ACS), World Health Organization (WHO) and other health agencies have expressed concerns that use of talc-containing products used for feminine hygiene may place women at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.

When talcum powder products are applied to the vaginal area, they can travel through the Fallopian tubes to the ovaries, causing irritation that could lead to ovarian cancer. It has been estimated that about 10% of ovarian cancer cases and deaths from the disease in the U.S. have been associated with talcum powder products.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Studies

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

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

One Man’s Fight with Mesothelioma: Wall Street Journal Video

Click on the following link to view an excellent video by the Wall Street Journal on the heartbreaking last days of Bill McQueen, a Texas surgeon and U.S. Air Force Veteran who lost his life to mesothelioma in 2013.

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

The following early symptoms of ovarian cancer may be overlooked because they’re similar to other common illnesses, and because they may come and go intermittently:

  • Abdominal bloating, pressure, and pain
  • Abnormal fullness after eating
  • Difficulty eating
  • Increased urination / urge to urinate

As the disease progresses, symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Back pain
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Painful intercourse

These symptoms may occur for a number of reasons, and aren’t necessarily due to ovarian cancer. However, if symptoms persist, they may be indicative of the disease. Consult your physician if you have one or more of these symptoms for a prolonged period of time. Symptoms typically become more severe as the tumor grows.

Study Re-Affirms Talcum Powder Link to Mesothelioma

October 18, 2019 – Talcum powder that contains asbestos may cause malignant mesothelioma, according to a new study published in the Journal of Occupation and Environmental Medicine. A research team led by Jacqueline Moline looked at a cohort of 33 participants, most of whom are women, who were diagnosed with mesothelioma after repeated exposure to asbestos through the use of talcum powder products. The researchers detailed 6 cases wherein patients underwent tissue testing which showed fibers consistent with the type of asbestos found in talc, but not in insulation or building supplies. Many of the participants used talc-containing cosmetic products daily for years or even decades, according to the authors.

“I would tell people that there is no regulation for talc, and that if there is a safer alternative then I would advise them to do that,” Moline said. “I would not recommend people use talcum powder.”

Plaintiff Awarded $40 Million in California Talc Suit

September 30, 2019 – A federal jury in Los Angeles on Friday awarded $40.3 million in damages to a woman alleging that asbestos in Johnson’s Baby Powder caused her to develop mesothelioma, according to Law360. After nearly a full week of deliberations, the jury determined that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder was defective, and a “substantial factor” in causing the plaintiff’s cancer. The 12-member panel also found J&J’s products had potential risks that were known or knowable in light of scientific evidence at the time of manufacture or sale, that those risks presented a danger to consumers, and that J&J failed to adequately warn of the risks.

Re-Trial Begins in California Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit

September 16, 2019 – For the second time in a year, a California jury has heard opening statements in a lawsuit filed by a woman who says she got mesothelioma from inhaling asbestos allegedly contained in Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower body powder. The case deadlocked last year, despite jurors deliberating for 6 days.

Plaintiff Carolyn Weirick claims that more than 40 years of exposure to the asbestos in J&J’s cosmetic products caused her to develop mesothelioma, which is the only way she claims to have been exposed to asbestos. Unlike the first trial in which Weirick blamed both J&J and talc-supplier Imery’s for her injuries, this case lists J&J as the sole defendant.

J&J Refutes Scientist’s Talc Asbestos Claims

August 6, 2019 – A scientist for plaintiffs in the latest talcum powder lawsuit to reach the trial phase in New Jersey told a jury on Monday that he found asbestos in Johnson’s baby powder, but the defense fired back that he never tested samples from bottles that were actually used by the 4 plaintiffs, according to Law360. The scientist, William Longo, a material scientist and electron microscopist, who is also president of Materials Analytical Services, said his lab identified the toxic mineral in certain samples of J&J’s talcum powder products during testing.

The trial began on July 15, and includes similar allegations that Plaintiffs Will Ronning, Douglas Barden, David Etheridge and D’Angela McNeill-George were exposed to asbestos in Johnson’s Baby Powder, which caused their development of mesothelioma.

The cases are: Barden et al. v. Brenntag North America et al., case number L-1809-17, Etheridge et al. v. Brenntag North America et al., case number L-932-17, McNeill-George v. Brenntag North America et al., case number L-7049-16, and Ronning et al. v. Brenntag North America et al., case number L-6040-17, in the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, County of Middlesex.

J&J to Pay $300 Million in Punitive Damages in Talc Cancer Case

May 31, 2019 – Johnson & Johnson on Thursday was ordered to pay $300 million in punitive damages to Plaintiff Donna Olson, who blamed her development of mesothelioma in the lungs on asbestos contained in Johnson’s Baby Powder. The verdict marks the 10th win for plaintiffs in talcum powder cancer suits, according to Benzinga. J&J’s stock dove sharply following news of the settlement, but rebounded quickly.

NY Jury Awards Woman $25 Million in Talc Cancer Lawsuit

May 22, 2019 – A Supreme Court Jury in Manhattan, New York, has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a 66-year-old woman and her husband more than $25 million in compensatory damages in addition to punitive damages for the woman’s development of mesothelioma, which she claimed was caused by 50 years of using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower body powder. The lawsuit is: Donna A. Olson et al. v. Brenntag North America Inc. et al., case number 190328/2017, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Meta-Analysis concludes 20-30% Increased Risk of Cancer with Talcum Powder Use

April 24, 2019 – An analysis of nearly 40 peer-reviewed medical studies has found that women who use talcum powder have a 20 to 30% increased risk of developing the most common form of ovarian cancer, a researcher told lawmakers on Tuesday.
The summary of data — 38 epidemiological studies over the past 40 years that asked women about their use of talcum powder on their genitals and tested associations with ovarian cancer — was compiled by University of Washington researcher Dr. Anne McTiernan, who determined that users of the products had a 22 to 31% increased risk of developing epithelial ovarian cancer compared to non-users.

“Evidence suggests that these associations hold across diverse race and ethnic groups,” said McTiernan, who prepared a report for consumers in MDL 2738. “These combined analyses also show increasing exposure to these products were also associated with increasing risk of ovarian cancer.”

In some of the studies McTiernan reviewed, 4 in 10 women reported using talcum powder in their genital areas, which is particularly dangerous as research has shown that talc can easily migrate from the genital area, and can also cause inflammation, which has been associated with an increased risk for ovarian cancer, she said.

“Women need to know about the risks of using talcum powder products in the genital areas and all consumers need to be informed about the contents of these products, including fibrous talc and asbestos, so they can make informed decisions about use,” McTiernan added.

CA Jury Rules Plaintiff’s Mesothelioma Caused by J&J Talcum powder

March 20, 2019 – In his written ruling, St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison cited evidence of what he called “particularly reprehensible conduct” by J&J, writing that “defendants knew of the presence of asbestos in products that they knowingly targeted for sale to mothers and babies, knew of the damage their products caused, and misrepresented the safety of these products for decades.”

The jury awarded a jaw-dropping $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to a group of 22 plaintiffs and their loved ones following a 6-week trial in July, according to Reuters. As catastrophic as those figures could be, even to a multinational behemoth the size of Johnson & Johnson, they may well only signal the beginning to decades of financial woe for the company, as it still faces untold thousands of similar ovarian cancer lawsuits filed in courts throughout the U.S.

Earlier this month, J&J soundly rejected an investigative report by Reuters claiming that it knew for decades about the presence of asbestos in its baby powder products. The report sent J&J’s shares plummeting, suffering its worst one-day sell-off in more than 15 years.

“The Environmental Protection Agency; the Department of Health and Human Services have identified asbestos as a carcinogen, which makes it a chemical that causes cancer in the body, and has been associated with different types of cancer: mesothelioma, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and other gynecological cancers are, in some way, the main ones involved,” said Emily Barrett, associate professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Rutgers Institute of Occupational Health and Environment Sciences.

Report Finds J&J Knew About Asbestos in Baby Powder

January 7, 2019 – A new investigative report by Reuters has found that Johnson & Johnson was aware as far back as the 1950s that its Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower had asbestos, and in particular tremolite, 1 of 6 asbestos-containing minerals.

Judge Upholds Record $4.7 Billion Talcum Powder Cancer Verdict

December 27, 2018 – Johnson & Johnson’s attempt to have a landmark $4.7 billion verdict overturned has been shot down by a judge in St. Louis Circuit Court, who sided with a group of female plaintiffs claiming the company’s Baby Powder contributed to their development of ovarian cancer.

In his written ruling, St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison cited evidence of what he called “particularly reprehensible conduct” by J&J, writing that “defendants knew of the presence of asbestos in products that they knowingly targeted for sale to mothers and babies, knew of the damage their products caused, and misrepresented the safety of these products for decades.”

The jury awarded a jaw-dropping $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to a group of 22 plaintiffs and their loved ones following a 6-week trial in July, according to Reuters. As catastrophic as those figures could be, even to a multinational behemoth the size of Johnson & Johnson, they may well only signal the beginning to decades of financial woe for the company, as it still faces untold thousands of similar ovarian cancer lawsuits filed in courts throughout the U.S.

Earlier this month, J&J soundly rejected an investigative report by Reuters claiming that it knew for decades about the presence of asbestos in its baby powder products. The report sent J&J’s shares plummeting, suffering its worst one-day sell-off in more than 15 years.

Jury Awards $80 Million Punitive Damages in Talc Meso Suit

April 11, 2018 – Less than a week after a jury in a New Jersey state court handed down a hefty $37 million judgement against J&J and Imerys S.A., the same group of jurors added $80 million in punitive damages to the total damages in the case of Stephen Lanzo III and his wife. The jury ultimately concluded that the damages were warranted because the companies acted in reckless disregard of the rights of the plaintiffs.

Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Trial Underway in California

A California woman who allegedly developed uterine cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower has filed a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.

According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff Dolores Gould was diagnosed in 2006 with uterine cancer as the result of her prolonged use of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower body powder. Gould holds J&J responsible because the company allegedly failed to provide adequate warnings about the risk of applying talcum powder to the genital area even after a study had found that it could cause cancer.

The complaint was filed last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California under case number 3:16-cv-03838-DMR. Defendants include Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Cos., who are alleged to have failed to warn, strict liability, negligence and other counts. Gould is seeking a jury trial and compensatory damages of $75,000, economic damages, punitive and/or exemplary damages, interest, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just.

J&J Ordered to Pay $37 Million in Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit

April 6, 2018 – A state jury in New Jersey has ruled against Johnson & Johnson and one of its talc suppliers in a lawsuit filed by a man with mesothelioma, awarding him $37 million in compensatory damages after determining that his use of talcum powder caused the cancer.

It took a full day of deliberations after a 2-month trial for the jury to reach its verdict, siding with plaintiff Stephen Lanzo III and his wife, who claimed that asbestos contained in Johnson’s Baby Powder and other products manufactured by J&J caused his development of mesothelioma, a cancer that begins in the lining of the tissues of the lungs.

Update: Report Finds J&J Knew About Asbestos in Baby Powder

January 7, 2019 – A new investigative report by Reuters has found that Johnson & Johnson was aware as far back as the 1950s that its Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower had asbestos, and in particular tremolite, 1 of 6 asbestos-containing minerals.

“The Environmental Protection Agency; the Department of Health and Human Services have identified asbestos as a carcinogen, which makes it a chemical that causes cancer in the body, and has been associated with different types of cancer: mesothelioma, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and other gynecological cancers are, in some way, the main ones involved,” said Emily Barrett, associate professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Rutgers Institute of Occupational Health and Environment Sciences.

What’s the Problem?

April 6, 2018 – The jury awarded $30 million in compensatory damages to Lanzo and $7 million to his wife, Kendra, according to Law360. Presiding Judge Ana C. Viscomi instructed the jurors to return to court on Tuesday to determine whether punitive damages are warranted in the case.

In their decision, the jury found that J&J was 70% to blame and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America Inc., 30%.

J&J later told Law360, “While we are disappointed with this decision, the jury has further deliberations to conduct in this trial and we will reserve additional comment until the case is fully completed.”

Lanzo and his wife, who was also named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, claim that his decades of use and exposure to Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products, which began with his mother applying Johnson’s Baby Powder to him during diaper changes as a baby, contributed to his development of mesothelioma.

In reaching their verdict, jurors concluded that Lanzo was exposed to asbestos from using Johnson’s Baby Powder and/or Shower to Shower from 1972 to 2003, and that such exposure was a substantial factor in causing his cancer.

Jury Awards $80 Million Punitive Damages in Talc Meso Suit

April 11, 2018 – Less than a week after a jury in a New Jersey state court handed down a hefty $37 million judgement against J&J and Imerys S.A., the same group of jurors added $80 million in punitive damages to the total damages in the case of Stephen Lanzo III and his wife. The jury ultimately concluded that the damages were warranted because the companies acted in reckless disregard of the rights of the plaintiffs.

California Woman Awarded Record $417 Million in Talc Cancer Lawsuit

August 22, 2017 – A Los Angeles jury has awarded $417 million to a California woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer from talc in the company’s baby powder. The verdict, reached after a nearly 1-month trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, includes $347 million in punitive damages against J&J, according to USA Today.

Plaintiff Eva Echeverria alleged that J&J was aware of the potential cancer risk with its talcum powder products when used for feminine hygiene, but failed to adequately warn the public. It was the latest among several verdicts against J&J, with about 2,000 women having filed similar complaints against the company.

Echeverria claims she used Johnson’s Baby Powder almost daily for more than 4 decades, even after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. It was only in February 2016, when she says saw a news report about another woman who’d filed a complaint alleging the disease from J&J’s talcum powder products, that Echeverria finally stopped using them.

First Talcum Powder Cancer Trial Begins in California

July 11, 2017 – The first California lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson bringing allegations of ovarian cancer from the company’s talc-containing Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower has kicked off in the Superior Court of California for Los Angeles County. Judge Maren Nelson has convened a 5-day “Sargon” hearing this week where parties argue over which expert witnesses will be permitted to testify in a trial.

J&J Ordered to Pay $110 Million in 5th St. Louis Talc Cancer Lawsuit

May 5, 2017 – A Missouri state court jury has awarded more than $110 million to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower body powder for decades, marking the largest verdict to date in 5 trials. Jurors deliberated for just over a day following the 3 week trial, awarding 62-year-old Lois Slemp $5.4 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages. Imerys Talc America, the company that supplied the talc to J&J, was also ordered to pay $50,000 in punitive damages.

5th Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Headed for Trial in St. Louis

March 29, 2017 – The fifth in a series of lawsuits alleging ovarian cancer from Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products is gearing up for trial in the 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis, Missouri. The most recent complaint was filed on behalf of Lois Slemp, who allegedly developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower body powder. Slemp claims her cancer is now in stage III(c), and that she has suffered a recurrence and metastasis to her liver. Her lawsuit has been pushed forward as a result of her declining health.

Talc Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Filed in California

February 14, 2017 – A 94-year-old California woman who was allegedly diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower has filed a product liability lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. Plaintiff Frances Escobedo claims she was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 after using J&J’s talc products her whole life. As a result of her diagnosis, she was forced to undergo chemotherapy and radical life-saving surgeries.

J&J Loses Bid to Transfer St. Louis Baby Powder Lawsuits

February 9, 2017 – The Missouri Supreme Court has denied a request by Johnson & Johnson to move thousands of talcum powder cancer lawsuits out of a St. Louis state court.

Missouri’s highest court last month rejected J&J’s appeal seeking to transfer most of the 2,500 lawsuits pending in St. Louis state court to the original jurisdictions in which they were filed.

The complaints were filed by women and their families who claim Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower body powder increase the risk of ovarian cancer when applied to the vaginal area. J&J argues that numerous studies have found no link between talcum powder and cancer.

St. Louis has become a hub for talcum powder litigation, and J&J has recently suffered 3 costly defeats there totaling nearly $200 million. The company had hoped to reverse that trend by changing venues to potentially friendlier jurisdictions.

J&J argued in court filings that plaintiffs’ attorneys tainted the St. Louis jury pool by spending nearly $10 million on TV commercials in 2016, with most of the ads being aired in St. Louis. Plaintiffs’ lawyers have denied these allegations.

The next trial is scheduled to begin this week in St. Louis. In that case, Nora Daniels of Tennessee alleges she developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder for more than 3 decades.

Texas Man Alleges Wife’s Ovarian Cancer Death from Johnson’s Baby Powder

December 20, 2016 – A Texas man has filed a products liability lawsuit against J&J alleging that the company’s talcum powder products caused the death of his wife from ovarian cancer. According to the lawsuit, Mary Ann Witherspoon was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in June 2014, and died from the disease that November. Mary’s husband Marcus is blaming the death on her prolonged exposure to Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower.

Talc Cancer Lawsuit Filed in West Virginia

November 28, 2016 – The daughter of a West Virginia woman who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against J&J. According to the lawsuit, Ann Christine “Chris” Underwood died on March 21 at the age of 66, after using baby powder for feminine hygiene for nearly a half-century. The complaint was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg, West Virginia, by Amy Darnold, Underwood’s daughter.

California Jury Awards $18M in Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit

November 8, 2016 – A jury in Los Angeles has returned an $18.07 million verdict against talc supplier Whittaker Clark & Daniels for its role in causing a man’s development of mesothelioma.

According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Phillip Depoian, a 34-year veteran of the Los Angeles City government, was diagnosed with both peritoneal and pleural mesothelioma in May 2015.

Depoian claims he was exposed to asbestos first as a child in talc products at his father’s barber shop, and then again as an adult through his use of Old Spice, Clubman, King’s Men and Mennen Shave Talc. Asbestos and talc are both naturally-occurring silicate minerals often mined in the same deposits, but asbestos is a known carcinogen, and studies have linked the substance to lung cancer and mesothelioma.

The jury reached its verdict on Oct. 19 following a six week trial. A second phase for punitive damages was scheduled to resume before the remaining defendant – Whittaker, Clark & Daniels – reached a confidential settlement a week later. In settling the case, the company avoided the potential for additional penalties based on the jury’s ruling that it had acted with malice in marketing its talc as asbestos-free without adequately testing the product.

The verdict is believed to be the largest award on record for a lawsuit alleging mesothelioma from cosmetic talc exposure. The case is: Philip John Depoian and Julie Pastor Depoian vs. American International Industries, et al., filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, No. BC607192.

California Woman Awarded $70M in Talcum Powder Lawsuit

November 1, 2016 – A St. Louis jury has awarded $70 million in damages to Deborah Giannecchini, who developed stage IV ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder on her genitals for decades. The award marks the third costly defeat in a row for J&J in lawsuits alleging cancer from its talc-based hygiene products.

J&J Faces New Baby Powder Lawsuit in St. Louis

October 3, 2016 – A third lawsuit alleging that a woman’s use of talcum powder caused cancer is being prepared for trial in St. Louis, Missouri, according to FOX News. Plaintiff Deborah Giannecchini was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 after years of using Johnson’s Baby Powder, according to the complaint. The suit accuses J&J of “negligent conduct” in manufacturing and marketing the products.

Man Claims Wife’s Cancer Death Caused by Johnson’s Baby Powder

September 5, 2016 – A man who lost his wife to ovarian cancer after a lifetime of using Johnson’s Baby Powder has filed a lawsuit against J&J. Plaintiff Patrick Barker claims that the company falsely advertised the product as suitable for feminine needs by claiming that it provides “freshness and comfort,” and that had his wife been warned she never would have used it in the first place. However, since she was not aware of the dangers, she suffered catastrophic injury which resulted in pain, disability, impairment, economic loss and death.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against J&J in Texas

August 17, 2016 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging that many cases of ovarian cancer could have been prevented if the company would’ve placed warnings on the labeling of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower regarding the dangers of applying the products around the genitals.

August 17, 2016 – The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas by Florence Kuntz, whose daughter allegedly died from ovarian cancer after the age of 43 after using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder for 23 years. Kuntz alleges that J&J knew about the cancer risk with talc but failed to warn consumers, and that studies linking the disease to the products date back to the early 1970s.

J&J has marketed it talc-containing products for decades as a feminine hygiene body powder pitched mainly to black and Hispanic women, encouraging them to use it after every shower and apply it around their genitals and in their underwear to maintain “personal freshness.”

To date, just 2 talcum powder lawsuits out of several thousand filed against J&J have gone to trial. In the first, a St. Louis jury awarded $72 million to the family of Jackie Fox, who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for more than 35 years. In the second lawsuit, J&J was ordered to pay $55 million to Gloria Ristesund, who blamed her ovarian cancer on decades of using the same products.

During both trials, company documents revealed that J&J was aware of a potential association between talcum powder and ovarian cancer since at least 1971. The documents also indicated that in 1992 the company specifically targeted sales towards women who were frequent users of talcum powder, without warning them of the potential cancer risk.

MDL Proposed for Talcum Powder Litigation

July 22, 2016 – A motion has been filed to consolidate all federally-filed talcum powder lawsuits involving injuries allegedly caused by Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for pretrial handling.

July 22, 2016 – A Motion for Transfer was filed last Friday with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), listing the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois as the most appropriate venue for the proposed MDL. Plaintiff indicates that the venue “would permit convenient travel for the parties and counsel as compared to the east or west coast” given that the parties involved in the litigation live in a number of different states.

The complaints allege that Johnson & Johnson ignored studies which found a link between its talcum powder products and ovarian cancer, and failed to warn about this risk. To date, at least 11 such lawsuits have been filed in 10 federal jurisdictions, according to court documents. Centralized litigations are currently underway in St. Louis, MO., and New Jersey Superior Court.

In May, a St. Louis jury ordered J&J to pay $55 million in damages to a 62-year-old South Dakota woman who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for decades. The case is Ristesund v. Johnson & Johnson, Imerys Talc America, Inc. J&J was also defeated in February, and forced to pay a $72 million verdict to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. That case is: Hogans v. Johnson & Johnson. Both complaints are part of Case Number: 1422-CC09012-01; State of Missouri 22nd Circuit Court, City of St. Louis.

Plaintiffs in the currently pending lawsuits similarly allege that when regularly applied to the genital areas, J&J’s talcum powder products increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Allegations also include that talc particles may travel into the vagina, becoming trapped in the ovaries. The buildup of talc may cause a form of inflammation that encourages cancerous cells to develop.

Illinois Woman Alleges Talcum Powder Caused Ovarian Cancer

July 18, 2016 – A woman from Chicago who claims she developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower has filed a lawsuit against J&J. Plaintiff Barbara Ross alleges that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014 at the age of 39 as the result of her daily use of the talc-based products for feminine hygiene since 1992. Ross is seeking a jury trial, as well as both compensatory and punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson.

Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit Filed in California

July 12, 2016 – A California woman who allegedly developed uterine cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer. Plaintiff Dolores Gould claims she was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2006 as the result of her prolonged use of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower. Gould holds J&J responsible because the company allegedly failed to provide adequate warnings about the risk of applying talcum powder to the genital area even after a study had found that it could cause cancer.

J&J Seeks Dismissal of Talc Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

June 27, 2016 – J&J is seeking dismissal of a products liability lawsuit (Case No. BC 617311) filed by the husband of a woman who allegedly died from ovarian cancer in 2012 after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for years. The company argues that the complaint lacks personal jurisdiction, and that the plaintiff failed to establish that the decedent was a resident of California, ever purchased or used its talc-containing products in the state, or developed or was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in California.

J&J Ordered to Pay $55 Million in 2nd Talcum Powder Lawsuit

May 3, 2016 – Johnson & Johnson has been ordered by a St. Louis jury to pay $55 million to a woman who claims she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder for over 35 years. The verdict is the second straight loss for J&J, which is facing some 1,200 additional complaints accusing it of failing to adequately warn consumers of the cancer risks associated with its talc-containing hygiene products.

J&J to Pay $72 Million in St. Louis Talcum Powder Lawsuit

February 23, 2016 – February 16, 2016 – A St. Louis jury has awarded $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using baby powder and other talc-containing products made by Johnson & Johnson.

The St. Louis Circuit Court jury found that J&J failed to warn the public and conspired to hide the truth about the health risks of talc-based feminine hygiene products, awarding the family of Jackie Fox $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages.

According to the lawsuit, Fox used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder for over 35 years, which contributed to her development of ovarian cancer. The 62-year-old died last fall, about 2 ½ years after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her son, Marvin Salter, became the plaintiff after her death.

Slater said his late mother, who was a foster parent, used J&J talcum powder products for decades. “It just became second nature, like brushing your teeth,” he said. “It’s a household name.”

Talc is a naturally occurring mineral made of of magnesium, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen. It is widely used in cosmetics and personal care products to absorb moisture, prevent caking and improve the product’s feel.

It’s important to note that in the past talcum powder contained talc that had asbestos in it, but modern powder does not, according to Eva Chalas, chief of Gynecologic Oncology and Director of Clinical Cancer Services at Winthrop-University Hospital.

“Some cancer may have been from years ago potential contamination with asbestos when they made the talcum powder,” Chalas said.

During the trial, Fox’s lawyers claimed the manufacturer was aware of the potential health risks involved with using talcum powder. A 1997 internal memo from a J&J medical consultant said “anybody who denies” the risk of using hygenic talc and ovarian cancer is “denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary,” according to the Associated Press (AP).

The landmark decision marks the first talcum powder lawsuit to result in monetary compensation for the plaintiff. Fox’s case was part of a broader claim in the city of St. Louis circuit court involving nearly 60 people. J&J is still facing about 1,200 other similar complaints.

Second St. Louis Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit goes to trial

April 29, 2016 – Two months after a St. Louis jury awarded $72 million to the family of Jackie Fox, a second trial is underway over another woman who allegedly developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder. According to the lawsuit, 62-year-old Gloria Ristesund used these products around her genitals most of her life. In 2011, she was diagnosed with endometrioid ovarian cancer and was forced to undergo a hysterectomy. The complaint alleges that Ristesund’s repeated use of baby powder and pre-existing endometriosis increased her risk of ovarian cancer by 214%, and that J&J knew about the risk and failed to adequately warn about it.

Woman Develops Mesothelioma from Asbestos in Talcum Powder

May 14, 2015 – According to the lawsuit, 73-year-old Judith Winkel developed mesothelioma following her use of Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder, which allegedly contained asbestos. Winkel claimed she used the product from 1961 to 1976; however, it wasn’t until 1973 that federals laws required talcum products to be free of asbestos.

Although the link between talc and cancer has been debated for decades, the recent verdict was the first to be levied against Colgate-Palmolive over asbestos contained in its talcum powder.

Winkel and her husband John will receive $12.4 million from Colgate-Palmolive, which was deemed 95% responsible for her mesothelioma diagnosis. Four other companies that may have exposed her to asbestos were responsible for the other 5%. The couple was also awarded undisclosed punitive damages.

What is Mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma, or mesothelioma cancer, is a disease that occurs in the lungs of people who are exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma typically affects the thin, protective membrane surrounding the lungs, heart or abdominal cavity. Each year, approximately 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the U.S, most of which are linked to to job-related asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma Symptoms

  • Dry Cough or Wheezing
  • Shortness of Breath (Dyspnea)
  • Respiratory Complications / Difficulty Breathing
  • Pain in the Chest / Abdomen
  • Fever
  • Pleural Effusions

Do I Have a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Talcum Powder Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently investigating potential settlements in all 50 states.

Again, if you got ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.

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