Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Talcum powder contaminated with asbestos — a known carcinogen — has caused some users to develop the rare cancer mesothelioma. The link between talcum powder and mesothelioma has led to multiple lawsuits against the companies responsible for producing talc products.

At Sokolove Law, we’ve recovered over $5 Billion for patients and families impacted by mesothelioma. Call (800) 647-3434 now to learn how we may be able to help you stand up to the companies that caused you harm.

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Asbestos and Talcum Powder

Talc is a mineral that is often found in products like baby powder and makeup. Because some talc deposits are naturally found near asbestos, talc may become contaminated with asbestos fibers during the mining and manufacturing process.

Over the past few years, evidence has emerged showing certain companies were aware of the asbestos fibers present in their talc-based products.

As early as the 1970s, baby powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson knew their products were contaminated with asbestos, according to the National Library of Medicine.

However, the company hid this information from the public in an effort to protect their profits, putting thousands of innocent people at risk of developing serious illnesses, including mesothelioma.

The average mesothelioma settlement is between $1 Million and $1.4 Million, with average verdict amounts ranging from $5 Million to $11.4 Million.

Call Sokolove Law right now at (800) 647-3434 if you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma or another talc-based disease.

Mesothelioma from Talcum Powder

When talcum powder is contaminated with asbestos, it may lead consumers to develop mesothelioma decades after use. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

When microscopic asbestos fibers in talc are unknowingly inhaled or ingested, they can get trapped in the body and irritate healthy tissue until cells mutate and become cancerous.

In 1976, researchers conducted a study of 20 consumer products labeled as talc or talcum powder. Of the 20 products tested, 10 were found to contain asbestos fibers.

Corporations like Johnson & Johnson knowingly deceived consumers into thinking their products were safe. As a result, thousands of victims have taken legal action against companies that manufactured products with asbestos-contaminated talc.

At Sokolove Law, we’re helped thousands of patients and families seek compensation and justice following a mesothelioma diagnosis. Let us get you the money you deserve.

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Who Qualifies for a Mesothelioma Talc Lawsuit?

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

  • Used or worked with talc-based products
  • Has since been diagnosed with mesothelioma

If you’re unsure whether or not you qualify, our team can listen to your story and help you determine if you may be eligible to take legal action.

Call (800) 647-3434 now for help determining your eligibility to file a mesothelioma talc lawsuit. It costs nothing to speak with our team.

How to File a Mesothelioma Talc Lawsuit

At Sokolove Law, our asbestos baby powder lawyers can handle every step of the legal process for you, so you can focus on your health and your loved ones.

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma after using talc powder that contained asbestos, filing a lawsuit will likely follow the steps below.

Contact Sokolove Law

We’ll provide you with a free case review to determine if you may be eligible to take legal action.

During your consultation, we’ll ask you a few questions about your diagnosis and the talcum powder products you may have been exposed to.

“I was shocked at how fast Sokolove Law called me. Two days later, they were meeting with me at my house. I was in a mild shock, but it was a good shock.”
– Dennis, Firm Mesothelioma Client

We’ll Prove Your Exposure to Asbestos in Talc

Since mesothelioma symptoms may not appear until 20-50 years after you were first exposed to asbestos, it can be difficult to determine the cause of your exposure.

Thankfully, our attorneys have decades of experience handling mesothelioma cases and a warehouse of evidence linking asbestos and talcum powder.

Let us try to find out what happened — and work to get you answers. We can use our resources to identify who is at fault for your illness.

We’ll File Your Talcum Powder and Mesothelioma Claim

At Sokolove Law, we can complete all necessary paperwork and file your mesothelioma talcum powder lawsuit before any deadlines.

The statute of limitations are state laws that limit how long you have to file an asbestos talcum powder lawsuit after your diagnosis or the death of a loved one.

Call us at (800) 647-3434 now, so you don’t miss your chance to take legal action.

We’ll Negotiate an Asbestos Talcum Powder Settlement

Your attorney will work to negotiate a talcum powder mesothelioma lawsuit settlement on your behalf, which can provide victims of talc asbestos exposure with compensation to help pay for medical care and other expenses.

If your case results in a mesothelioma settlement, you may never have to step foot in court in order to get compensation.

Johnson & Johnson offers settlements in 95% of cases involving mesothelioma and their talc-based products.

If a settlement is unable to be reached, our talc powder lawyers are prepared to present your case at trial before a jury or judge.

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6 Companies Named in Mesothelioma Talcum Powder Lawsuits

As of 2023, multiple industrial talc suppliers and manufacturers of talc-containing products have been sued by victims of talcum powder contaminated with asbestos.

1. Avon

Avon® is one of the largest beauty-product companies worldwide, making products for household and personal care.

In December 2022, Avon was ordered to pay more than $50 Million in damages to a woman named Rita Chapman in California, as she had developed mesothelioma after long-term use of talc products sold by Avon.

2. Colgate-Palmolive

From 1871 to 1985, Colgate-Palmolive manufactured Cashmere Bouquet® Talcum Powder, a scented baby powder that was found to contain asbestos.

In 2015, the first verdict against Colgate-Palmolive awarded Judith Winkel of California $13 Million following her mesothelioma diagnosis. She was exposed to asbestos after using Cashmere Bouquet throughout the 1960s and 70s .

3. Imerys Talc America

Imerys is a French-based company and one of the world’s largest talc miners. The company also processes industrial minerals.

The American location of Imerys is responsible for supplying Johnson & Johnson with the talc used in their baby powder product. The two companies are often listed together in talcum powder lawsuits.

4. Johnson & Johnson Mesothelioma Lawsuit

The largest corporation involved in talc powder lawsuits is Johnson & Johnson. The company has already faced tens of thousands of lawsuits claiming that the asbestos in their baby powder products has caused consumers to develop mesothelioma and other talc-related cancers.

As of June 2024, more than 61,000 lawsuits claiming Johnson & Johnson’s talc products caused cancer have been filed against the company.

A recent mesothelioma talc verdict awarded $260 Million to an Oregon woman who got sick after decades of using J&J's talc-based baby powder.

Johnson & Johnson has repeatedly filed for bankruptcy in an attempt to settle the talcum powder lawsuits against them.

5. Vanderbilt Minerals

Vanderbilt Minerals is a mining company that operates out of New York and makes products with a variety of natural minerals, including talc.

In 2018, Vanderbilt Minerals settled a case in Florida with Robert Lord, a former tile worker for the company who developed mesothelioma after working with the company’s talc products.

6. Whittaker, Clark & Daniels

Whittaker, Clark & Daniels was one of the largest producers of industrial talc in the 1970s and 1980s. However, they ceased operations in 2004 and filed for bankruptcy in early 2023.

The company was forced to file for bankruptcy after more than 2,700 talc asbestos lawsuits were filed against them.

Let Our Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Lawyers Fight for You

At Sokolove Law, we know how devastating a mesothelioma diagnosis can be. That’s why our national mesothelioma law firm is committed to securing justice and compensation for our clients as quickly as possible.

Our talcum powder lawyers for mesothelioma have: 

  • Over 45 Years of Experience: Since 1979, Sokolove Law has helped thousands of families affected by mesothelioma get justice.
  • No Hourly Fees or Out-of-Pocket Costs: We only get paid if your case results in compensation, so there’s no financial risk to taking legal action.
  • Registered Nurses on Staff: Our nurses can answer any questions about your diagnosis and treatment options while providing important medical updates to your legal team.
  • Billions in Results: We’ve secured over $5 Billion on behalf of clients with mesothelioma and their families.
  • Attorneys & Offices Nationwide: Our mesothelioma lawyers can handle cases in all 50 states. If you have a case, we’ll travel to you to provide the information and support you need.

Let us fight for you. Call (800) 647-3434 or fill out our contact form now for a free case review.

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Talc Powder Mesothelioma Lawsuit FAQs

Is talcum powder asbestos?

Talcum powder is not asbestos. However, talc and asbestos are minerals often found near one another in the earth and may become mixed during the mining process.

Is asbestos in talcum powder?

In many cases, yes. Asbestos fibers can be found in talcum powder if talc becomes contaminated with asbestos during the mining or manufacturing process.

Does all talcum powder contain asbestos?

While not all talcum powders contain asbestos, every product that contains talc is at risk of being contaminated with asbestos. 

In recent years, some companies have begun to make talc-free baby powder. Johnson & Johnson, for example, has begun selling baby powder that contains cornstarch instead of talc.

Does talc cause mesothelioma?

In many instances, yes. Talc often becomes tainted with asbestos during the mining process since the minerals form near one another in the earth.

Unfortunately, asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma — including exposure through contaminated talcum powder.

If you believe your cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos through talc, call (800) 647-3434 now. You may qualify for compensation.

Can you get mesothelioma from talcum powder?

Unfortunately, yes. Talcum powder contains asbestos, which causes mesothelioma to develop decades after exposure.

Because there is no safe level of asbestos exposure, even a single fiber can cause this dangerous cancer to develop.

Who qualifies for a talcum powder mesothelioma lawsuit?

You may qualify for a talcum powder mesothelioma lawsuit if you or a loved one used a talc-based product like baby powder and later developed mesothelioma or ovarian cancer.

Even if your loved one passed away already, you may still be able to file a lawsuit if you’re their family member or estate representative. 

Call (800) 647-3434 for free help determining your eligibility to take action.

Will Johnson and Johnson settle talcum powder mesothelioma claims in 2023?

It’s possible. Johnson & Johnson has already paid out billions of dollars to victims of talcum powder asbestos exposure. However, the company still faces tens of thousands of lawsuits.

In July 2023, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court dismissed J&J’s attempt to settle all current and future claims against them for $8.9 Billion. At this time, it is unknown when all of the claims against the company will be resolved.

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma after using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder — or any talcum powder — contact Sokolove Law now for a free case review.

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