Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Repeated use of talcum powder may increase an individual’s risk of ovarian cancer. Since the early 1990s, medical professionals have suggested that talc-based baby powder labels should include a warning.

Sadly, manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson have resisted updating their labels — and many women have developed ovarian cancer as a result.

Call (800) 995-1212 now for a free case review to see if we can help you file a talcum powder lawsuit.

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What Is Talc or Talcum Powder?

Talcum powder is composed of talc, a mineral that helps to absorb moisture and prevent rashes by keeping the skin dry when in its powder form. This makes talc seemingly ideal in cosmetic or personal hygiene products like baby powder.

However, talc is mined from the earth, where it's often contaminated with asbestos, a known cancer-causing substance.

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), exposure to asbestos in talc products is associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer and other illnesses.

For decades, companies sold asbestos-containing talcum products without warning consumers about the risks. Worse, these products were often promoted as safe or healthy for individuals.

Now, many families have turned to filing Johnson & Johnson talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits to seek justice and compensation for their illnesses.

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If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after using talc powder products, Sokolove Law can help you understand your legal options.

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Who Qualifies for the Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

You may be eligible to file a Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuit if you or a loved one:

  • Used talc-based baby powder regularly or for a long period
  • Has since been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or another type of cancer

Not sure if you qualify? Contact Sokolove Law now by calling (800) 995-1212. There's no cost to speak with us, and our team is available to answer any questions you may have.

Johnson and Johnson Lawsuit for Baby Powder

Talc baby powderJohnson & Johnson® has faced tens of thousands of lawsuits claiming that consistent talcum powder use caused innocent people to develop ovarian cancer and other serious illnesses.

The corporation has been such a big target for legal action because it knew its talc products were dangerous for decades.

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 evidence that their products were harmful and halted them — prioritizing their profits at the expense of the consumer's well-being.

Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits allege that the company's baby powder can cause:

  • Lung cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Stomach cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Other forms of cancer and serious illnesses

Now these billion-dollar companies expect you to pay for the illnesses they may be responsible for — but our talc powder lawyers may be able to hold J&J accountable and pursue the compensation you need for treatment.

If you or someone you love used talcum powder and has since been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you may be eligible for compensation.

Call (800) 995-1212 now to start your free case review from the comfort of your own home.

Choosing the Right Talc Powder Lawyer

It can be difficult to figure out if an attorney has the resources and skills needed to handle your baby powder lawsuit, especially if you aren’t sure what to look for.

To find the best talcum powder lawyer for your case, be sure to find a firm that can offer you:

  • Free Case Reviews: We provide free, no-obligation case reviews to determine if you may be eligible to file a Johnson & Johnson baby powder lawsuit.
  • Decades of Experience: For over 45 years, Sokolove Law has helped clients who have been injured through no fault of their own to pursue justice and compensation.
  • Billions of Dollars in Results: We’ve recovered more than $9.4 Billion for thousands of clients and families across the country.
  • A Nationwide Reach: As a nationwide law firm, Sokolove Law can handle talcum powder cases in all 50 states.
  • No Out-of-Pocket Costs: There are no hourly fees or upfront costs to work with our talc powder lawyers. We only get paid if you get money from your case, so there’s no financial risk to take action.

If you have a case, our talcum powder attorneys can handle every step of the legal process for you, so you can focus on your health and loved ones.

How to File a Talc Powder Lawsuit

lawyers sitting at table going over paperworkWhen you work with our team of experienced talc powder lawyers, you can leave the legal legwork to us.

We strive to make filing a baby powder lawsuit as stress-free as possible for you and your family by handling the legal claim on your behalf.

Generally speaking, filing a Johnson & Johnson talc powder lawsuit follows these steps.

1. Contact Sokolove Law

The first step of the legal process is to determine if the injured party qualifies to file a talcum powder claim.

Thankfully, our team can let you know more about your eligibility for free. Simply call (800) 995-1212 now to get started.

2. We’ll Gather Evidence to Support Your Case

To file a talc powder lawsuit, our knowledgeable attorneys will gather and assess the evidence available in your case.

We’ll look for evidence to establish:

  • What products you were exposed to
  • How long you were exposed for
  • What you were diagnosed with as a result

Our team will gather records relating to your work history, diagnosis, treatment, related expenses, and more to show the damages you suffered.

3. We’ll File Your Johnson & Johnson Lawsuit

Depending on the specifics of your case, we can help you decide if it would be more beneficial to file your talc lawsuit alone or with other similar cases as a class action lawsuit.

Your talc powder lawyer will recommend which option may award you with the most compensation in your case and then file the lawsuit on your behalf.

4. We’ll Negotiate a Talcum Powder Cancer Settlement

Your attorney will work to negotiate a talcum lawsuit settlement with the defendant before your case goes to trial, meaning that you may not ever have to step foot in court in order to get compensation.

Approximately 95% of Johnson & Johnson mesothelioma lawsuits results in a settlement.

If a talc powder settlement amount can’t be reached, your team at Sokolove Law is prepared to present your case in trial before a judge.

Don’t Miss the Talcum Powder Lawsuit Statute of Limitations

When you work with Sokolove Law, your attorneys can also ensure that all necessary paperwork is filed within the talcum powder statute of limitations, a set of laws that restricts how long you have to take legal action.

Once these deadlines pass, you won’t be able to pursue compensation from a talc powder claim for your suffering ever again.

Contact Sokolove Law as soon as possible in order to ensure that your claim is filed on time.

Johnson & Johnson Talc Settlement & Verdict Amounts

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

Past Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuit settlements and verdicts include:

  • $260 Million to an Oregon woman: A mesothelioma patient was awarded $260 Million in June 2024 after decades of using talc-based baby powder sold by Johnson & Johnson.
  • $45 Million to the family of an Illinois woman: In April 2024, a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson and their health spinoff company Kenvue Inc. to pay $45 Million to the family of a woman who passed away from mesothelioma after using talc-based baby powder.
  • $700 Million settlement to more than 40 states: To end an investigation in their marketing tactics with talcum powder, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay more than $700 Million in January 2024 to settle state-level talcum powder lawsuits over the company allegedly concealing the risk of their products.
  • $2.1 Billion (initially $4.7 Billion) to 22 women: In this landmark class-action case, 22 women claimed that asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer. This verdict was awarded by a St. Louis, Missouri jury in July 2018, but the initial $4.7 Billion verdict was later reduced to $2.1 Billion. As recently as June 2021, Johnson & Johnson has continued to try 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.

Talcum Powder Compensation Can Help Pay for Treatment

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.

At Sokolove Law, our talcum powder lawyers have the experience and resources to help those eligible get as much compensation as possible.

Billions Recovered Nationwide

At Sokolove Law, we’ve recovered over $9.4 Billion for thousands of injured clients nationwide. Let us get you the results you deserve.

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The History of Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Talcum powder ovarian cancer studies have shown a clear link between talcum powder and cancer for decades, firmly linking repeated use of talc products to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

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. Further research published during 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 1970s.

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

If you've been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talc-based products, you may be able to hold the manufacturer accountable by taking legal action. Call (800) 995-1212 now to get started.

Mesothelioma from Talcum Powder

Since Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder can be contaminated with microscopic asbestos fibers, those who use talc-based baby powder may be at risk of developing mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that forms in the lining of certain organs. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.

In rare cases, it’s possible for mesothelioma to form in the ovaries, which is known as ovarian mesothelioma.

If you or a loved one developed mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, or another disease linked to baby powder usage, you may be able to file a talcum powder mesothelioma lawsuit for compensation.

Johnson and Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit Update 2023-24

Johnson & Johnson has consistently proclaimed that its talc-based body powders and feminine hygiene products are not contaminated with asbestos.

Yet in recent years, the company has become arguably the biggest target for talcum powder lawsuits. Johnson & Johnson faces over 60,000 lawsuits claiming their talc-based products led to deadly forms of cancer.

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

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

In February 2021, the company set aside $3.9 Billion for victims of talc-related litigation. The sizable amount set aside for litigation expenses was almost double what the company planned to set aside at the end of 2020. In 2022, this number rose to $4.5 Billion.

However, these amounts were not nearly enough to cover the mounting number of lawsuits being filed against them.

In April 2023, Johnson & Johnson attempted to file for bankruptcy and proposed a $8.9 Billion settlement to resolve tens of thousands of baby powder lawsuits that have been filed against them, but this offer was rejected by the court.

Johnson & Johnson proposed yet another settlement in May 2024, offering $6.48 Billion to resolve nearly 60,000 claims for ovarian cancer. Plaintiffs have three months to vote on whether or not they'll accept this settlement.

Johnson & Johnson Stops Sales of Talc Products Globally

Johnson & Johnson announced that it would discontinue global sales of talc-based baby powder by 2023. This announcement came after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found asbestos contamination in select Johnson & Johnson talc products in 2019.

The company has since replaced the talc in its baby powder with cornstarch.

Instead of taking accountability for the known dangers of its products, Johnson & Johnson claimed the decision was to “simplify product offerings and meet evolving global trends” instead.

Despite these changes, thousands of women have already been negatively impacted by Johnson & Johnson products — and they deserve justice.

Get Help from Our Talcum Powder Cancer Lawyers

For over 45 years, Sokolove Law has stood up to corporations that put their profits ahead of the health and well-being of innocent people.

Our talcum powder lawyers have the resources and experience necessary to seek justice on behalf of those who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talc-based baby powder.

To date, we've recovered over $9.4 Billion for our clients across the country.

If you have a case, we will fight to get you the money you’re entitled to — at no out-of-pocket cost to you. Our team only gets paid if your case results in compensation, so there’s no financial risk to taking legal action.

Begin your pursuit for justice today. Call Sokolove Law at (800) 995-1212 or fill out our contact form for a free case review.

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Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder Lawsuit FAQs

Does talcum powder cause cancer?

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

Talc may contain asbestos fibers, which are known to cause cancer. When talcum powder is used, the airborne fibers can enter the body and travel to the ovaries, where they can linger for decades.

These fibers can cause inflammation in otherwise healthy tissue, which may lead to the development of cancer.

How long does it take to settle a talcum powder case?

How long a talcum powder case may take is difficult to predict and will vary according to the details of each case.

Generally, reaching a talcum powder settlement usually takes less time than your lawyer arguing the case before a jury and possibly having to fight appeals later on.

What is the average talcum powder settlement?

Talcum powder lawsuit settlement amounts will vary greatly based on a number of different factors, including:

  • What state you live in
  • How severe your injuries are
  • The type of talcum powder you used
  • How long you used talcum powder

At Sokolove Law, we’ve recovered over $9.4 Billion for our clients across the country. Call (800) 995-1212 now to see if we can help you pursue compensation too.

How much will the talcum powder lawsuit settle for?

In April 2023, Johnson & Johnson proposed a new settlement worth $8.9 Billion. If accepted, this amount will be split between tens of thousands of plaintiffs who have filed a claim against Johnson & Johnson.

What is the statute of limitations for talcum powder lawsuits?

The talcum powder statute of limitations refers to how long you have to take legal action after you or your loved one were diagnosed with cancer.

Once this deadline passes, you won’t be able to sue for your injuries again.

Don’t delay and miss out on money you deserve. Fill out our contact form now to learn more about your legal options.

How can I find a talcum powder lawyer near me?

As a national law firm, Sokolove Law has offices across the country. No matter where you are located in the United States, our team may be able to help.

Call (800) 995-1212 now to see if our talcum powder lawyers may be able to help you pursue compensation and justice from a Johnson & Johnson lawsuit.

What are talcum powder ovarian cancer symptoms?

The symptoms of talcum powder ovarian cancer tend to hide in plain sight, resembling symptoms of other, less dangerous conditions.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer from talcum powder may include:

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

Any woman experiencing these symptoms for more than a few weeks should speak to her doctor as soon as possible for proper screening.

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