Thousands of women have filed talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, claiming that the brand’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products caused their ovarian cancer diagnosis. Continue reading to learn more about how talcum powder and ovarian cancer are connected. We’ll also explain your legal rights as a consumer, and help you contact a lawyer for free case review.
Should You File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
Johnson & Johnson specifically marketed talcum powder to women for use in their daily feminine hygiene routines, even though decades of studies have connected talc with ovarian cancer. Evidence has surfaced that the company knew about these studies, and yet decided not to place any warnings on their Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower products.
Women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and have a history of applying talcum powder to their genital area may be entitled to compensation for their diagnosis.
The most common reasons that talcum powder cancer lawsuits are filed include:
- Compensation for pain and suffering caused by the development of cancer
- Payment of medical costs for diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care
- Lost income due to the inability to work
- Funeral expenses for a loved one who has died due to ovarian cancer caused by talc
If you believe that your ovarian cancer diagnosis may have been caused by talcum powder use, please click the link below, and a lawyer will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your legal rights. All case reviews are free and confidential.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
For decades, women applied talcum powder to their genitals every day to absorb odors and moisture because they were told it was perfectly safe, even though evidence suggested that it was not.
The first connection between ovarian cancer and baby powder was discovered over 45 years ago when four obstetricians noted that talc particles were found in more than 75 percent of ovarian tumors that the group investigated. Over the last 10 years, numerous studies have been conducted that support these findings, leading the International Agency for Research on Cancer to declare talc to be a “possible carcinogen” for women. Despite this classification, talcum powder is used in some of the most common beauty and childcare products, including baby powder, deodorant, sanitary pads, diaphragms, condoms, and bath bombs.
Talcum Powder Cancer Settlements
Diane Berg brought the first talcum powder cancer lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in 2013 after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Before the verdict, Berg was offered an out-of-court settlement of $1.3 million, which she turned down because she refused to sign an NDA. A federal jury sided with Berg, but no damages were awarded in the verdict. The jury didn’t see enough scientific evidence to prove that Berg’s ovarian cancer was caused by her use of talc powder; however, the jury did state that women should have been warned about the potential risks.
Johnson & Johnson talcum powder ovarian cancer verdicts
In 2016, Johnson & Johnson was found liable in three more baby powder lawsuits. The most recent verdict came in May of 2017 when Lois Slemp was awarded the largest talc settlement to date of $110 million, bringing the total settlements up to $307.6 million over the past 18 months
- Jacqueline Fox – $72 million
- Gloria Ristesund – $55 million
- Deborah Giannecchini – $70 million
- Lois Slemp — $110 million
Each of these women used Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower Body Powder for years due to the company’s marketing of the products as safe for women. The deciding factor to award damages came when Fox’s attorneys were able to produce internal documents proving that the brand knew of the research connecting talc and ovarian cancer, but chose not to warn women.
If you believe that your ovarian cancer diagnosis might have been caused by using talcum powder products, click the link below, and a legal professional will contact you within 24 hours to answer your questions for free. How long you have to file a lawsuit can differ from state to state, so it’s important to speak with a lawyer about how statutes of limitations can affect your legal rights. By waiting to file a claim, you could be putting your legal right to compensation at risk.
Talcum Powder Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation
Class action lawsuits have been filed in both California and Illinois, covering thousands of defendants claiming that their ovarian cancer diagnosis resulted from their use of Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower powder.
Mona Estrada Talc Class Action (California)
In April 2014, Mona Estrada filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, claiming that she had been using Johnson’s Baby Powder since 1950. Mona, along with many other woman, had expected the product to be safe based on Johnson & Johnson’s marketing claims. She also claimed that a lack of a warning about the possibility of developing cancer on the label made the company liable for her ovarian cancer, to which talc has been linked.
Mona’s case against Johnson & Johnson has dragged on for several years, with the company filing multiple motions to dismiss it. In October 2016, the case was transferred to a federal court in New Jersey to be part of the multidistrict litigation (MDLsui No. 2738) currently going through that court.
Barbara Mihalich Class Action (Illinois)
Shortly after the Estrada talc verdict, another woman named Barbara Mihalich filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Her case was initially dismissed for failure to state a claim; however, Barbara filed an amended complaint alleging that she and other women faced a greater risk of developing ovarian cancer due to the use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products. The lawsuit cited studies as far back as the 1960s and claimed that the company knew about the potential health risks of their products, but never warned women about these dangers.
In October 2016, Barbara Mihalich’s case was transferred to MDL No. 2738 to be administered by the District of New Jersey federal court, along with those who had signed onto the class action.
Multidistrict Litigation of Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Most, if not all, baby powder cancer lawsuits are currently being handled as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL). MDL cases are different from class action suits in that the plaintiffs file individual claims, but they are all handled through the same district court to make the process more efficient. Such MDLs are often set up where there are (or are likely to be) many similar cases that may have some differences in the individual circumstances.
Baby powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson are being handled as part of MDL No. 2738, “In Re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products.” The Honorable Freda L. Wolfson and Lois H. Goodman are presiding over the case in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
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