What is the Latest in the Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
Johnson & Johnson announced in August 2022 that it will stop using talcum products in any products beginning in 2023. J&J has been sued by nearly 40,000 plaintiffs who have been awarded billions of dollars in settlements from lawsuits regarding asbestos in Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower Body Powder.
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What is the Largest Jury Verdict Awarded in a Talc Powder Case?
A jury in the City of St. Louis Circuit Court in May 2016 awarded $55 million to Plaintiff Gloria Ristesund, who alleged that her ovarian cancer was caused by Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products. Ristesund claimed that using J&J talc powder on her genitals, with her pre-existing endometriosis, increased the risk of ovarian cancer by 214%.
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When was the First Lawsuit Filed?
The first lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson was filed in 2009 by Deane Berg, a 49-year-old physician's assistant from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006. J&J settled with Berg for $1.3 million in 2013.
What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is nothing more than finely ground talc, a mineral made up of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen mineral. Manufacturers bottle ground talc, add a fragrance, and market it for cosmetic and hygienic uses.
Is Talcum Powder and Baby Powder the Same Thing?
In most cases, the way manufacturers market baby powder and talcum powder is the only difference between the 2 products. In the past, almost all baby powders contained talcum powder. Today many still include talc as a component. For example, Johnson's Baby Powder is a combination of just 2 ingredients: talc and perfume.
Is There a Statute of Limitations?
Yes. The statute of limitations (SOL) is different for each claim, based mainly on the state of the Plaintiff's residence, when the injury was discovered, and when the plaintiff understood that there was a link with talcum powder. However, our lawyers would need to review the specifics of your case to determine its viability. Therefore, we urge you to contact us immediately to protect your legal rights.
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Again, if you got ovarian cancer or mesothelioma 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.