In recent years, Johnson & Johnson has faced thousands of lawsuits, amounting to billions of dollars in damages for plaintiffs, based on a link between their talcum powder products and cancer.
Since 2016, a wave of litigation throughout the country has costed the company a number of million- and billion-dollar verdicts, as well as billions in lost market value. A significant case in St. Louis resulted in a $4.69 billion payout to 22 women who developed ovarian cancer due to long-term regular use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder. A recent case granted $29.5 million to the family of a woman who had developed mesothelioma, and died from the disease.
Baby powder is mainly made from talc, a mineral that can naturally exist alongside asbestos. Plaintiffs have claimed a presence of known-carcinogen asbestos in talcum powder, contributing to the development of mesothelioma.
Pure talcum powder that is asbestos-free has been identified in these cases as a cause of ovarian cancer. The risk can be attributed to the structure of the powder. Similar to asbestos, the fine, powdery composition of talc can remain in the body for an extended period of time. Plaintiffs in these cases had regularly used talcum powder for feminine hygiene, and as a result, talc particles entered the ovaries, leading to cancer over time.
Despite the mounting evidence against Johnson & Johnson, the company continues to defend its products. They are set to continue to face thousands of lawsuits in the future.
Morris, Cary, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC has experience representing plaintiffs who developed mesothelioma or ovarian cancer due to talcum powder use. The work of our legal team has recovered millions of dollars for those affected. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with cancer due to regular talcum powder use, contact us online or call (888) 694-0174 to schedule a no-cost consultation.