Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit: Ovarian Cancer Linked to Talcum powder and Toxic Asbestos exposure in female consumers

A recent verdict in New Jersey highlights a growing legal issue involving Johnson & Johnson powder products that have possibly caused cancer in certain individuals. A $117 million verdict was levied against Johnson & Johnson and a supplier after a man claimed his asbestos-related cancer was caused by long-term use of J&J’s Baby Powder.

Attorneys say there are thousands of similar cases in which J&J’s widely-used baby powder products have been called into question. Baby powder and talc are still used daily, and not may products have been recalled. Thus, the cancer risks are still present.

There are currently up to 14,000 cases claiming Johnson & Johnson baby powder and Shower to Shower products directly cause ovarian cancer because the talc may contain asbestos—a toxic substance that is known to cause mesothelioma cancer in people exposed for some duration of time.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio product liability attorney, experienced in litigating mesothelioma and baby powder cancer lawsuit cases nationwide.

The Lyon Firm has experience in filing toxic exposure and product liability lawsuits against large American corporations. Contact Joe Lyon for a free consult and to discuss your legal options. 

Asbestos in J&J Products

Settlements this year have been very lucrative for plaintiffs, and it is unlikely that Johnson and Johnson will be able to try every talc cancer case. Settlements are likely in coming months or years. Victims are encouraged to come forward to seek their rightful compensation.

Lawyers involved in J&J baby power cancer lawsuit claims that internal company documents disclosed in a recent trial show that at some point baby powder had been contaminated with asbestos. This information is pertinent in upcoming ovarian cancer trials in arguing that the company knew of asbestos contamination. Reportedly, the talc in J&J baby powder was contaminated by asbestos during the mining process.

Asbestos has been known since the 1970’s to cause cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published a series of warnings that suggest even a small amount of asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer and other cancers.

Is There Asbestos in Talcum Powder?

While the link between asbestos and mesothelioma is long-established, experts have only recently tasked with deciding whether asbestos exposure can cause ovarian cancer. Some studies have shown an association between the two, while other studies have found no such link. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure, whereas ovarian cancer can be linked to various causes.

About 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, according to the American Cancer Society. There were 22,000 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Estimates say thousands more women could still be diagnosed with ovarian cancer due long-term use of baby powder in the genital region.

Ohio Baby Powder Cancer Claims

J&J is now under criminal investigation for concealing the health risks of their baby powder products for decades. Attorneys say the company lied to the public about the safety of baby powder to increase their bottom line profit at the cost of thousands of consumers who later developed ovarian cancer.

Johnson & Johnson is a huge litigation target, primarily because the company manufactures and distributes a large line of health-related products. Exposure to talcum powder is simply a matter of degree for most people. Because of how widely used baby powder and other talc products are used, consumers deserve extensive testing of the products in question.

Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

In 2018, a St. Louis City jury awarded 22 plaintiffs $550 million in damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over talcum powder ovarian cancer cases. That verdict was crucial in all future talc cancer litigation, as it was the first multi-plaintiff talcum powder litigation decided in the United States.

The American Cancer Society predicts over 14,000 ovarian cancer deaths annually. There may be a number of causes, and toxic exposure can be added to that list. Talcum powder has been used by so many, and only recently have consumers thought twice about using it. A growing body of evidence links talc use to cancer. Much of the evidence is based on consumer usage rather than laboratory studies.

Several cosmetic talc products have been questioned, including dusting powder, baby powder, bath talc, and others. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed asbestos reports, but does not have the ability to test every cosmetic product.

Attorneys allege that Johnson & Johnson performed certain quality assurance tests on its talc, and that some samples tested positive for asbestos. Tests performed between 1970–2000 indicated that some samples might have contained trace elements of asbestos. Thus, the Department of Justice subpoenaed Johnson & Johnson for internal company documents about its knowledge of talc asbestos risks.

Talcum Powder Cancer Lawyer

Successful talc cancer cases have been tried in the last couple of years on the basis of a cancer diagnosis that followed extensive use of baby powder or talcum powder in the genital area. Plaintiffs were able to convince juries of a causation with evidence of both a dangerous product and a severe health consequence.

Johnson & Johnson appeals all lawsuits based on little scientific evidence that their product is safe. Is talcum powder the sole reason for ovarian cancer in the United States? No, but attorneys have argued that “contaminated” talc could have potentially caused cancer, just as other asbestos exposure has led to the diagnosis of thousands of cases of cancer in the past.

Corporations must be held accountable for their negligence when consumers are injured, and The Lyon Firm ensures that legal pressure will be applied for the betterment of the consumer.

If you or a loved one has suffered ovarian cancer after using talcum or baby powder, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding a potential talcum powder lawsuit.