Johnson & Johnson Knew About Asbestos in its Baby Powder: Reuters
Facing thousands of lawsuits in Illinois and elsewhere alleging that its talcum powder increased the risk of ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson insists on the safety and purity of its iconic product.
But internal documents examined by Reuters show that the company knew its baby powder had the potential to be tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that Johnson & Johnson kept that information from regulators and the public.
The Reuters examination found that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, Johnson & Johnson raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos and that American Association executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors, and lawyers in many practice areas fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to many women in Illinois and elsewhere.
The documents also depict successful efforts to influence U.S. regulators’ plans to limit asbestos in cosmetic talc products and scientific research on the health effects of talc.
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New Warning Labels Were Evidence in $417 Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit
Jurors in Los Angeles who returned a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a case were the first to hear evidence that other talcum powder sellers now warn consumers that genital use of talcum powder may increase ovarian cancer risks.
Johnson & Johnson has failed to warn consumers about its Johnson’s Baby Powder, which contains talcum powder and has been the focus in multiple trials.
Medical studies dating back more than three decades have found an association between the genital application of talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
In this case, jurors saw labels from Angel of Mine Baby Powder, which is available at Dollar Tree stores, and Spring Fresh Powder, which is available at Walmart, with the following warnings, respectively:
“Frequent application of talcum powder in the female genital area may increase the risk that users develop an ovarian cancer diagnosis.”
“Medical evidence suggests that women who use talcum powder and other similar cosmetic products as a personal hygiene product run an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.”
What Compensation Could I Be Awarded in a Baby Powder Lawsuit?
If you’ve developed an increased risk for mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, or another form of cancer due to the use of talcum powder or other similar dangerous products for feminine hygiene / personal hygiene, you have the right to win compensation through the filing of a talcum powder lawsuit in Illinois.
Women across the United States have been awarded hundreds of millions of dollars for the personal injury they’ve suffered due to their cancer diagnosis from cosmetic talc particles, and you could be entitled to significant compensation yourself.
When you file a lawsuit, you could be eligible to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses and future treatment
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Corporate negligence
While your talc powder attorney will seek fair compensation that takes into account the wide-ranging financial and emotional impact that your ovarian cancer has had and will have on your family, a jury might also decide to award punitive damages to punish Johnson & Johnson or other manufacturers for failing to warn about the risk of ovarian cancer from talc products.
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The Product Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firms is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in lawsuits.
We are handling individual lawsuits nationwide and currently investigating potential ovarian cancer cases caused by talcum powder products in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson Baby Powder or other similar talc powder products for feminine hygiene, you should contact our law firm immediately for a free case evaluation.
You may be entitled to compensation for injuries and punitive damages by filing a suit and our personal injury law firm can help you hold Johnson liable.