Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits

Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are filing talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson due to the link between cancer and talcum powder. The lawyers at Jones Ward PLC represent many women who used talcum powder for feminine hygiene.

Do You Qualify for a Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Most women who qualify for a talcum powder cancer lawsuit used baby powder for many years on a daily basis, often for five or ten years or longer. The connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer can be established by using polarized light microscopy to evaluate particles of talc from tissue blocks. Not all women will qualify for a talcum powder lawsuit. A detailed analysis of each case is required to determine eligibility. The analysis includes the number of years of talc usage, the type of cancer diagnosis, family history, and numerous other factors.

Talcum Powder Litigation Status

More than 1,800 cancer lawsuits are pending in St. Louis, where juries have ruled in favor of plaintiffs three times in the last two years, each time awarding damages in excess of $50 million against Johnson & Johnson. Other cases are pending in Washington, D.C., and in New Jersey state court. More recently, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation created a consolidated talcum powder litigation in New Jersey federal court as part of In Re Johnson & Johnson “Baby Powder” And “Shower To Shower” Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (PDF), MDL Docket No. 2738.

Failure to Warn Women about Dangers of Talcum Powder

Johnson & Johnson continues to sell talcum powder for feminine hygiene use, even after numerous juries have returned verdicts against the consumer products giant. This comes despite studies as early as 1982 that warned of a statistically increased risk of cancer for women. The types of cancer include the following:

  • Ovarian cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Vulvar cancer
  • Fallopian tube cancer

Plaintiffs now claim that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn of these dangers. Talcum baby powder is made from talc, a natural mineral that contains magnesium, oxygen, silicon, and hydrogen. The talc is mined from quarries, and then crushed and turned into a fine powder that is sold as talcum. Women use talcum powder to absorb moisture and prevent rashes.

Free Talcum Powder Lawsuit Consultation

If you do not file your talcum powder lawsuit in a certain amount of time, you may lose your right to compensation due to the Statute of Limitation in your state. This deadline is different in each state, and it varies depending on the claims you are making in the lawsuit. In Kentucky, for example, the deadline for a product liability claim is one year. However, the same claim in Indiana is two years, in New York it is three years and in Florida it is four years. For a free evaluation of your potential talcum powder lawsuit, contact Attorney Alex C. Davis by emailing alex@jonesward.com, or Attorney Ashton R. Smith at ashton@jonesward.com, or call the toll-free number 1-888-595-2922.