Talcum Powder

Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Baby Powder or Shower to Shower for genital dusting?

Studies have evidenced a potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Our experienced lawyers can help you with your talcum powder and ovarian cancer lawsuit. We’ll make sure you’re represented fairly and accurately so you can leave the sleepless nights to us. Contact our Talcum Powder Cancer Team today.

Can Baby Powder Really Cause Cancer?

Studies dating back to 1971 have continued to evidence a potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson has continued to use talcum powder in its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products anyways, putting you at risk. If you’ve used one of these products and have contracted ovarian cancer, let GoldenbergLaw help in your talcum powder and ovarian cancer lawsuit.

Some Substitutes for Talcum Powder

Given mounting evidence against the safe day-to-day use of talcum powder, here are three substitutes for its common household applications:

  • Talcum Powder Substitute No. 1: Instead of using a talc-based product to soothe diaper rash, the Mayo Clinic suggests keeping the affected area exceptionally clean, allowing oxygen to reach the rash by letting baby go without a diaper for several brief periods throughout the day, and treating extremely irritated skin with zinc oxide ointment.
  • Talcum Powder Substitute No. 2: Children and adults who struggle with chapped or chafed skin can treat the condition with common corn starch, baking soda, or rice flour.
  • Talcum Powder Substitute No. 3: Instead of using talcum powder to help keep makeup looking fresh, begin your beauty regimen with a tinted moisturizer, which can serve as a primer for your cosmetics and often has the added bonus of SPF protection.

Talcum Powder and Cancer: Case Quick Facts

The Problem

Depending on usage, women who genitally dust with talcum powder may be almost three times as likely to develop ovarian cancer due to long-term irritation of the ovaries and the actual presence of talcum fibers within ovarian tissue.

The Injuries

Ovarian cancer is a devastating disease for both the patient and her loved ones. Diagnosis often results in chemotherapy, radiation, surgical intervention, and death.

The Defendant(s)

Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest companies, manufactures and distributes Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. Despite the trust placed in the company by women all across America, J&J has never warned of the increased risk of ovarian cancer from genital dusting of talc even though it was aware of the potential link for more than three decades.

Litigation Status – Active
Thousands of women from across the country have filed lawsuits alleging their ovarian cancer was caused by use of J&J’s talcum powder products. Litigation is ongoing in St. Louis, Missouri, where six separate trials have resulted in three jury verdicts awarding over $4.9 billion. A Multidistrict Litigation has also been formed in the District of New Jersey and assigned to The Honorable Judge Freda L. Wolfson.

GoldenbergLaw Can Help

When it comes to handling a talcum powder and ovarian cancer lawsuit, our team is more than qualified to take on the case. GoldenbergLaw has had years of experience with drug-related cases and has had a great amount of success throughout those years. If you have been affected negatively by talcum powder, contact our Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit and get a free consultation. Do I Qualify?

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If you believe you or a loved one may have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of talcum powder use, please call a talcum powder cancer lawsuit lawyer. Our team will handle it. Leave the sleepless nights to us.

Major Developments in the Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Litigation

J&J pulls talc products from the market in the U.S. and Canada and Plaintiffs’ expert witnesses are allowed to testify in the MDL.

On October 18, 2019, Johnson & Johnson announced it was recalling 33,000 bottles of talcum powder after testing by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) found trace amounts of asbestos in the products. The explosive recall announcement comes as J&J faces thousands of lawsuits claiming its talcum powder contains asbestos. Thousands of claimants have argued that regular exposure to the baby powder has caused them to develop ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

The recall marks the first time J&J has recalled its signature baby powder and comes just under a year after a Reuters investigation found the company had known for decades that its talcum powder had tested for small amounts of asbestos. That investigation examined thousands of internal J&J documents that showed the company had found asbestos in its talc dating back to 1972 but failed to warn consumers. One of these tests reported the asbestos levels as “rather high.”

Then, on May 19, 2020, Johnson & Johnson announced their decision to discontinue sales of their talc-based Baby Powder products in the United States and Canada.

Although the decision to discontinue sales of talc-based Baby Powder products comes amidst a firestorm of lawsuits claiming that the product contains asbestos and causes ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson claims that it was a “commercial decision.” The company claims that the commercial decision is based on the 60% decline in sales of talc-based Baby Powder since 2017 as a result of consumer habits changing—likely due to the multitude of lawsuits filed over the safety of the product.

The lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based Baby Powder allege that the products caused ovarian cancer in thousands of women across the country.

The firestorm increased when the lawsuits revealed internal company records and trial evidence that show that since at least 1971 to the early 2000s, Johnson & Johnson’s raw talc and finished talc powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos and that the company was aware of this.

Additionally, Johnson & Johnson has been the target of a federal criminal investigation into the lack of transparency surrounding the safety of their talc products—including a Congressional subcommittee investigation about the health of asbestos in talc-containing consumer products. Furthermore, 41 states have opened investigations into Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder.

Judge Wolfson’s Daubert Ruling on Plaintiffs’ Expert Witnesses

US District Judge Freda Wolfson who oversees the New Jersey-based multidistrict litigation (MDL) containing more than 16,000 talcum powder lawsuits ruled that testimony from five plaintiffs’ expert witnesses could be presented to juries.

This is the first ruling by a federal judge on the reliability of plaintiffs’ experts testifying about whether or not Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder causes ovarian cancer.

The ruling means that plaintiffs’ experts will be able to testify before juries that Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products can contribute to the development of ovarian cancer.

There are more than 16,000 talcum powder cases that have been consolidated into the MDL overseen by Judge Wolfson and a selection of these cases will be chosen for early “bellwether” trials.

Bellwether trials aid in determining the strength of each side’s case and aid in the potential settlement process.

Upcoming Bellwether Trials

By definition, “bellwether” is an indicator of future trends. Courts use the bellwether approach when large quantities of plaintiffs are proceeding with their lawsuits using the same theory or claim.

In bellwether trials, specific individual plaintiffs are chosen from within the much larger group of all plaintiffs with filed cases. Bellwether trials necessarily involve the common causational claims and liability arguments in all plaintiffs’ cases within the larger litigation, but they also involve the issues of specific causation and damages unique to the individual bellwether plaintiff. The idea behind the bellwether process is for these individual representative cases to be tried and serve as “bellwethers” for other plaintiffs’ trials giving plaintiffs and defendants critical information regarding the litigation as a whole and allowing for more accurate valuation of the entire group’s claims. Bellwether trials in the MDL before Judge Wolfson are likely to begin sometime in 2021.

Several lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson over talcum powder have already proceeded in state courts around the country, including one in St. Louis, Missouri with 22 plaintiffs that produced a record $4.69 billion verdict for the plaintiffs in July 2018. That verdict was recently reduced to about $2.1 billion.

Talcum Powder Litigation Timeline

The talcum powder litigation has been hard fought for years. Since 2013, there have been a slew of plaintiff verdicts and settlements, defense verdicts, and class action filings. Below is a timeline of the complicated history of this ongoing litigation.

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