Johnson & Johnson knew their products contained cancer-causing asbestos in the 1960s and knew or should have known that talcum powder products have been linked with ovarian cancer since at least 1982. The company removed their talcum powder-based baby powder from the United States and Canada markets in May 2020, yet never warned consumers about the cancer risk associated with the products before that. It appears the company chose to hide this risk from consumers in the name of profit. A recent court decision awarded $1.62 billion in punitive damages over a talcum powder lawsuit and this egregious failure to warn is likely to lead to further punitive damages in future lawsuits.
Talcum powder lawsuits have been filed around the country against Johnson and Johnson alleging that they should have known that their baby powder and shower body powder products have caused women to be diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer after using the talcum powder around their genital areas.
On February 23, 2015, a huge jury award/verdict occurred in the Johnson & Johnson talcum baby powder trial. The family of an Alabama woman, who died of Ovarian Cancer, was awarded $72 million by a Missouri jury. The jury determined that the woman’s ovarian cancer was caused by her use of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, which contained talcum.
Over 1000 cases are filed against Johnson & Johnson, on behalf of women who used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products and subsequently developed ovarian cancer as a result.
The question is whether or not Johnson & Johnson knew beforehand or should have known that there was a relationship between the use of their talcum powder product in the genital areas and the onset of Ovarian Cancer. If they knew, did they provide adequate warnings to consumers? Currently, there are no warnings on the label concerning the link between the connection of J&J talcum powder in the genital areas and an increased risk of Ovarian Cancer. If you believe you have a talcum powder lawsuit because you were diagnosed with ovarian cancer by your doctor call us at 1-800-718-4658.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP, a national medical device and defective medical product law firm, are investigating talcum powder lawsuit claims involving women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
We believe Johnson & Johnson knew or should have known about the ovarian cancer risks from its talcum powder products.
Grounds For A Talcum Powder Lawsuit
$12 million was awarded to a woman in June 2019 by a California jury. The woman claimed in her lawsuit that her cancer was caused by talcum powder products. The jury in that lawsuit found that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products were defectively designed and that the company failed to warn consumers about the products’ association with an increased risk of developing cancer.
Defective design: Drug manufacturers can be held strictly liable for the damages their drugs cause if their drugs are defective and dangerous by design. The carcinogen asbestos is found in talc mines, and the FDA said they found asbestos in products containing talcum powder in March 2019. It has been known since 1961 that talcum powder applied externally to the female genitalia can end up in the ovaries, and researchers found talc in ovarian tumors in 1971. Studies published in 1982, 1992 and 2011 associated external use of talcum powder on the female genitalia with an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Talcum powder products contain the carcinogen asbestos by design. The process which talcum powder manufacturers use to remove asbestos from talc is defective and inadequate by design since the FDA found asbestos in talcum powder products. Talcum powder products are defective and dangerous by design.
Failure to warn: Companies can be found strictly liable for the damages their drugs cause if they knew or should have known their product was dangerous yet failed to warn people about the danger. A Missouri appeals court noted in June that internal Johnson & Johnson memos from the 1960s stated that talc products made by the company had asbestos in them. H. Montague Murray first discovered negative health effects associated with asbestos in 1899, and asbestos was first associated with cancer in the 1940s.
Timeline Of Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Johnson & Johnson has been in the talcum powder business for 100 years. There are studies dating back to 1961 which concluded that talcum powder can translocate through a woman’s genital areas to her ovaries from its external use.
In 1971 researchers concluded talc particles deeply embedded in ovarian and cervical tumors had been found in women with ovarian cancer.
In 1982 Harvard researchers concluded that genital talc use increased the risk of ovarian cancer by 92%.
In 1992, a Johns Hopkins study concluded that applying talc to the genital areas using a sanitary napkin significantly increased a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer.
There are further reports dating to 2011 when researchers at Harvard repeatedly again found a relationship between the use of talc in the genitals and ovarian cancer. This conclusion was from a study which included approximately 4,000 women. They found a 200% to 300% increased risk of cancer from talcum powder use.
Due to this relationship, we believe Johnson & Johnson knew or should have known of the increased risk and failed to warn women of the increased risk.
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How Do I File A Talcum Powder Lawsuit Claim?
If you or your loved one suffered ovarian cancer and used talcum powder in your genital areas please contact our office as you may have a talcum powder lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. We will investigate your claim on a contingency fee basis which means there are never any out of pocket expenses, costs or fees until a recovery is first obtained. We promise you your case will be important to us.
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