Talcum Powder Lawsuit

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Repeated use of talcum powder in the genital area may increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer. Women who have developed ovarian cancer after using talc-based baby powder are eligible for a free case review and may be entitled to compensation.

Cancer Victims Are Filing Talcum Powder Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson® has faced tens of thousands of lawsuits claiming that consistent talcum powder use caused innocent people to develop ovarian cancer. The reason why the corporation has been such a big target: it knew its talc products were dangerous as early as the 1970s.

In fact, in 1975, Johnson & Johnson released an internal memo ordering management to stop all talc safety studies. The pharma giant was afraid these studies would uncover irrefutable evidence that their products were harmful and put them to a halt — at the expense of millions of peoples’ well-being.

If you believe the use of talc caused you to develop ovarian cancer, you may be able to file a talcum powder lawsuit to pursue financial compensation. Our experienced talcum powder attorneys can look into the details of your claim and determine whether you qualify.

Get help pursuing compensation — contact Sokolove Law today.

Benefits of Filing a Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Recent talcum powder lawsuits allege that talc companies knew for decades their products could cause cancer. These billion-dollar companies now expect you to pay for the illnesses they may be responsible for.

Learn more about the major benefits of filing a talcum powder lawsuit below.

Receive Financial Compensation

Though talcum powder companies claim their products are safe, numerous victims have already received compensation from talcum powder lawsuit settlements and jury awards.

Examples of talcum powder compensation amounts include:

  • $4.7 Billion to 22 women: In this landmark class-action case, 22 women claimed that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer. This verdict was awarded by a St. Louis, Missouri jury in July 2018. Johnson & Johnson has tried to appeal the verdict but has not been successful.
  • $70 Million to a woman with terminal cancer: In 2016, courts awarded $70 Million in punitive damages to a California woman with ovarian cancer. She was first diagnosed in 2013 after prolonged use of Johnson’s Baby Powder.
  • $29 Million to a California woman: A jury recently sided with a woman who had cancer that lined her internal organs. According to the New York Times, the woman had used talc products from Johnson & Johnson for over 30 years. She was first diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and won the case in 2019.

Sokolove Law has the experience and resources to help those eligible to get as much compensation as possible. Get a free legal case review today to learn if you have a valid claim.

Cover Your Costs of Care

Treating talc-related cancer can be extremely expensive, with some procedures costing tens of thousands of dollars. This does not account for the added costs of hospital stays, therapy plans, and lost income if you can no longer work. Compensation can help you cover these costs.

Hold Major Companies Accountable

Instead of warning anyone or recalling their products, talcum powder companies actively worked to hide the dangers of their products. In the process, they made billions of dollars while innocent people suffered.

For over 40 years, Sokolove Law has stood up to corporations who have put their profits ahead of innocent people. If you have a valid case, our talcum powder lawyers will work on your behalf to hold the companies at fault responsible for their wrongdoing.

How to File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit

  1. Depending on your case, it may be more valuable to file it alone or bundle it with similar cases. Your talcum powder lawyer will recommend which option may award you with the most compensation.
  2. Most lawsuits are settled before the case goes to trial. Through a settlement, neither party is found at fault, and you will receive a lump sum of money. Talcum powder settlements typically can be reached more quickly than taking the case before a jury.
  3. If no agreement can be reached in a settlement, the case will go to trial. It usually takes longer to receive compensation from a trial, and there is no guarantee you will win.

Experienced talcum powder law firms like Sokolove Law will handle most of the legal work associated with filing your lawsuit. Our goal is to make the legal process easier for you so you can focus on your health.

Johnson & Johnson and Talcum Powder Lawsuits

In recent years, Johnson & Johnson has become arguably the biggest target for talcum powder lawsuits. As of 2020, the company is facing over 20,000 lawsuits, which claim that their talc-based products led to deadly forms of cancer.

Johnson & Johnson lost their first talcum powder case in February 2016 when an Alabama woman, who developed ovarian cancer from using their baby powder, won $72 Million in compensatory damages.

Since then, there have been several multi-million dollar jury verdicts against Johnson & Johnson talcum powder — in New Jersey, California, Missouri, and across the U.S.

Why Is Johnson & Johnson Allegedly At Fault?

Johnson & Johnson has consistently proclaimed that its talc-based body powders and feminine hygiene products are asbestos-free. However, a recent Reuters report claims the opposite. According to Reuters, Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that their talc products led to deadly forms of cancer.

In fact, evidence indicates that Johnson & Johnson has known about the dangers associated with the continuous use of talcum products since the 1970s. Instead of acknowledging these risks, the company concealed the facts and continued to use talc in many of its products.

The company generated a memo on March 3rd, 1975 instructing its managers to stop all internal studies into the safety of talc products in order to avoid uncovering any information that might be damaging or embarrassing. Company policy was to only initiate studies as a reaction to confrontation.

This information only came to light in recent years after lawsuits made company documents publicly available.

Recent News: Johnson & Johnson to Stop Sales of Talc Products

In May 2020, Johnson & Johnson announced that it will discontinue sales of talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in the United States and Canada. This announcement came after U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing found asbestos contamination in select Johnson & Johnson talc products in 2019.

However, with dozens of lawsuits mounting against the corporation, many are speculating whether the decision to pull one of their best-known products is really about diminishing sales.

It has become all too possible that Johnson & Johnson is seeing the writing on the wall — and that the danger of their products have been exposed to the public and there’s no turning back.

Could this lead to them accepting liability for their actions? Will they continue to hide behind a shield of virtue, or will they do the right thing? For the consumers’ sake, hopefully, Johnson & Johnson is realizing the end game is near.

If you or someone you love uses talcum powder, or used it in the past, and have since been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact talcum powder law firm Sokolove Law for a free case review.

History of Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer Link

Studies researching the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer have been published for decades.

In 1982, Harvard Medical School professor Dr. David Cramer published the first scientific study designating talcum powder use as a risk factor for ovarian cancer. Subsequent research published through the 1980s and 1990s supported Dr. Cramer’s findings.

A study published in 1992 urged manufacturers to put warning labels on talcum powder products because of the threat to women’s health. In fact, Johnson & Johnson lawyers admitted in federal court that the company had been aware of the research associating ovarian cancer with talc since the early 1980s.

Still, the corporation intentionally decided not to put warnings on their packaging or in their ads.

Because of this overwhelming scientific evidence and Johnson & Johnson’s refusal to add warning labels, we are dedicated to helping victims harmed by consistent talc use. A talcum powder attorney on our team is available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer FAQ

Does talcum powder cause cancer?

Regular use of talc-based baby powder may increase a woman’s chance of developing ovarian cancer by as much as 30%.

Talc is one of the main ingredients in talcum powder-based products, such as Johnson’s Baby Powder®. A naturally-occurring mineral, talc shares chemical similarities with the carcinogen asbestos.

When talcum powder is used, the airborne talc particles can enter the body and travel to the ovaries, where they can linger for decades. Talc particles can cause inflammation in otherwise healthy tissue. When chronic, this inflammation may contribute to the development of cancer.

What are the symptoms of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer symptoms may include:

  • Back pain
  • Bloating
  • Constant fullness/trouble eating
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Menstrual changes
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Stomach swelling
  • Weight loss

The symptoms of ovarian cancer tend to hide in plain sight, resembling symptoms of other, less dangerous conditions. Any woman experiencing these symptoms daily for more than a few weeks should speak to her doctor as soon as possible for proper screening.

What is the most common talc-related ovarian cancer?

While a long history of medical studies has firmly linked repeated use of talc products to an increased risk of ovarian cancer, some ovarian cancers are more likely to develop than others.
The most common talc-related ovarian cancer diagnosis is epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC).

Epithelial tumors grow on the outer surface of the ovaries and come in several varieties, all of which are affected by prolonged use of talc powder.

File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit With Sokolove Law

As more and more talc lawsuits link talcum powder to deadly forms of cancer, one thing becomes clear: companies put profits over people. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after regular talc use, you may be entitled to compensation.

Working with an experienced product liability law firm can make the legal process easier and increase your chances of success. Since 1979, Sokolove Law has recovered billions for people harmed by corporate greed. If you qualify, we may be able to help you as well.

Reach out to Sokolove Law today for a confidential free case review.

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Last modified: September 10, 2020

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