Many American women routinely saw Johnson & Johnson (J & J) talcum powder ads while growing up. Those advertisements claimed that regular use of this powder could help girls and women reduce excess moisture and chafing between their legs — and help neutralize any negative body odors near their genitals. Using talc powder became a common ritual after baths and showers. Women also saw that once they gave birth to babies, talcum powder could help them defeat their child’s diaper rash.
Sadly, this positive view of J & J talcum powder began to change during subsequent decades as many women began asking serious questions about whether ovarian and other cancers they had developed were directly linked to their long-term use of talcum powders containing the carcinogen asbestos.
As of 2020, thousands of American women have filed lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson due to the medical consequences they believe they have suffered after using J & J’s talcum powder. Extremely large settlements in some of these cases have now played a role in Johnson & Johnson’s decision to no longer sell baby powder derived from talc in North America.
What follows is a closer look at two successful talcum powder lawsuits, including a recent one that resulted in a $2.1 billion award in damages going to a group of women in Missouri. There is also a brief overview of key statistics and facts indicating that Johnson & Johnson first began secretly worrying about the asbestos contamination in its products over 50 years ago.
What exactly is the substance talc – often used when making talcum baby powder?
Talc is a mineral that contains magnesium, hydrogen, oxygen, and silicon. American product
manufacturers use it while making such consumer goods as eye make-up and baby powder since it helps absorb moisture.
During recent lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson internal memos were produced. They clearly indicate that the well-established company has been wondering since at least the 1960s whether consumers were suffering any harm due to their talc products – because J & J knew they contained the dangerous chemical asbestos. It’s now known that as early as 1958, the mineral asbestos was linked to ovarian cancer. When you mine for talc, asbestos is almost always nearby.
Are any alternative talc powders available to North America consumers?
Yes. Consumers can purchase baby powder made with cornstarch. You can also find various other alternative powders, along with “recipes for baby powder” online. Although some of these similar products may prove useful, their overall benefits and risks have not been determined by any formal consumer safety groups or agencies.
Important rulings, damages or awards related to plaintiffs’ talcum powder cases
that can cause cancer. They also reprimanded J & J for not providing any written warnings to consumers about the company’s products. However, a new trial has been granted in this case that could either change the amount of the award or negate the liability of the defendants.
Additional facts and statistics related to talcum powder products (and cancer)
What basic requirements must a plaintiff meet for our firm to file a talcum powder case?
Every woman who extensively used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder in the past and has since
developed ovarian cancer, mesothelioma or another related disease should give serious thought to filing a claim. That is the only way that appropriate damages can be awarded to her — if the evidence in her case fully supports her claim.
If you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or another form of cancer often linked to the use of talcum powder, you need to immediately contact our New York City talcum powder injury law firm. We will carefully investigate the facts of your case and then review all your medical records. Our firm will then fight hard to win the maximum compensation available on your behalf. Our goal is to see all our clients receive generous damages to cover all their lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other losses.
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