Recent studies show alarming links between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers of these risks in an effort to boost sales.
Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Lawsuits continue to be filed against Johnson & Johnson, and the other manufacturers of Talcum Powder, on behalf of women that have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and believe their talcum powder may be a contributing factor.It is imperative that women are warned about the risk of using Talcum Powder in their daily feminine hygiene routine! Increasing evidence suggests that this home staple found in the bathrooms and nurseries of American women for generations may be linked to ovarian cancer.
One recent study shows that women who commonly apply talc products to the (vaginal area) have a 33% increased chance of developing cancer.
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- Did you or a loved on use Talcum products in a hygiene routine?
- Did you or your loved one later develop ovarian cancer?
What is Talc?
Talc is the common ingredient in the soft, sweet-smelling powder products used on babies’ bottoms and by women in an effort to keep their skin dry and avoid rashes. Magnesium, silicon, oxygen and hydrogen come together to create Talc.
Links Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
As early as the 1970’s scientists began looking at the connection between the dusting of female genitals with talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Based on the marketing of these products to babies and as a feminine ritual, most people assume that such a common household item is safe to use.
Sadly, studies continue to confirm this connection – that talc particles applied to the genitals enter a woman’s reproductive tract through the vagina and continue to travel within the female body increasing the risk of ovarian cancer. However, up until this point, these studies have been kept out of the public eye, confined to medical journals and blog posts.
Since the FDA has very limited regulatory power over talcum powder (it is classified as a cosmetic product), it appears that the only way to get consumers the real truth behind this link is through lawsuits.
Although studies show that Caucasian women are at a higher risk than any other race to develop ovarian cancer, documents brought out during the trial show that Johnson & Johnson intentionally targeted African American and Hispanic women in their advertising of “A Sprinkle A Day.” And in fact, many African American and Hispanic women note that using talc for feminine hygiene was second nature and it had been a routine they followed as long as they can remember. The Fox case is likely to be the first of many cases brought by African American women and we expect to talk to many women in the Hispanic community for similar reasons.
African American woman who contract ovarian cancer as a result of talc use, have a much higher mortality rate – 7.2 black women per 100,000 died of the cancer compared to 4.1 per 100,000 for all other races.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits Move Forward
TruLaw is still talking to women who used Johnsons Baby Powder or Johnson’s Shower to Shower as part of their daily feminine hygiene routine and believe it may be the cause of their ovarian cancer. Women like Jacqueline Salter Fox were “raised on” Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower talc. Like many women in the African American community, Fox was taught to use Shower talc as part of her daily feminine hygiene routine – just the way J&J intended it to be used. The jury charged the pharmaceutical company with fraud, negligence and conspiracy and awarded the Fox family $10 million in damages and $62 million in punitive damages.
As of today, five lawsuits have gone to verdict in Missouri, four of which resulted in verdicts for the the plaintiff. The most recent trial, finished in May 2017, awarded the plaintiff $110 million for her ovarian cancer diagnosis. Johnson and Johnson is now on the hook for $307,500,000 to be paid to four plaintiffs who blame Johnson’s powder for their ovarian cancer.
There are still more than 2,000 cases filed, mostly in courts in Missouri, New Jersey and California. If your situation sounds similar you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer – Research Mounts
In 2006, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) scheduled a re-evaluation of talc. Based on limited data, they concluded that the inhalation of asbestos free (pharmaceutical grade) talc was not carcinogenic to humans. Based on limited research for its link to ovarian cancer, however, IARC concluded that pharmaceutical grade talc could be “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”
Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, “cosmetic products” and their ingredients (such as baby and shower powder) excluding additives, do not have to undergo FDA review or approval before they enter the market. Companies, however, have a legal responsibility to properly label their products with safety information and the ingredients in their products, but are not required to share this info with the FDA.
As of today, the FDA has not reported on the link between Talc and Ovarian Cancer.
On the other hand, in 2009, the FDA took steps towards finding a link between talc and lung cancer. Of the nine talc suppliers asked by the FDA to provide samples of talc for the study, only four complied with their request. They also sampled talc-containing cosmetic products in the study. The survey found that no asbestos fibers or structures were present in any of the samples. Because of the limited number of samples, the FDA finds the results “informative,” but cannot prove that most or all products in the United States containing cosmetic grade talc are free of asbestos.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20,000 women develop ovarian cancer in the U.S. annually. Of these cases, 14,500 are fatal.
In a study conducted by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, scientists found that from 2003-2007 there were about 24.4 cases of ovarian cancer out of 100,000 women for white women.
Possible Link to Lung Cancer
In its natural form, talc contains asbestos, a proven cause of lung cancer. Talc miners and other jobs that involve a high risk of long-term exposure to natural (talc containing asbestos) talc fibers may have a higher chance of developing lung cancer from inhaling them.
All talcum products used in homes in the United States since the 1970’s have been asbestos free. Cosmetic grade talc is produced so that it conforms to the specifications of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes it is unacceptable for cosmetic grade talc to be contaminated with asbestos.
Talcum Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions
Sometimes you need a lawyer near you and sometimes its best to hire a lawyer based on the lawyer’s resources and experiences.
The right lawyer for mass-tort litigations may not be your local lawyer. Mass tort cases filed all over the country are often consolidated into a single courtroom in order to move the many lawsuits through the courts in the most effective and efficient way. A lawyer experienced with the multidistrict litigation process with the ability to represent clients in all 50 states, is likely to be a good fit for mass tort litigation.
TruLaw is not afraid to take on the largest drug and medical device companies in the world. We work with trusted legal affiliates to make sure that TruLaw clients have the resources and experiences needed to hold big business accountable when they put profits over people.
Talcum Powder lawsuits are designed to help you or your loved one financially recover while fighting the ovarian cancer that we believe may have been caused by Johnson & Johnson.
Your lawsuit should assist in covering your medical bills, the amount of income and benefits that you lost as a result of your ovarian cancer fight.
In addition, it is always our hope that your lawsuit will help us to get word out about dangerous products currently on the market. And, in the case of Johnson’s Baby Powder, we hope that the company will acknowledge their error in marketing this product to women for genital use and compensate those women during their time of need.
We often hear injured people refer to their personal injury case as a “class action” because their case was grouped together in a lawsuit with other injured people. This is most often NOT the case. Often, individual cases are grouped together so the attorneys and judge can address common procedural issues initially, saving time for the injured parties and the court, but this is very generally referred to as a “mass tort.”
A Mass tort refers to civil actions involving numerous plaintiffs against one or a few corporate defendants in state or federal court. Class actions are mass torts that are generally used on financial losses and multidistrict litigations (MDL) are generally used on personal injury claims, often in product liability cases.
MDL is a procedural tool used when plaintiffs have incurred injuries from products manufactured by the same defendant(s). Even when plaintiffs incur injuries from the same defendant(s), the amount of damages they may recover for those injuries are often substantially different from other plaintiffs included in the same lawsuit.
It is important to understand that mass tort cases are an effective tool to getting the attention of the large drug and device companies. MDLs assist lawyers in determining exactly what the drug and device companies knew about the risks their products caused and whether or not they should have warned consumers. Too often, consumers believe that they can file a single lawsuit and get the attention of big drug companies. This is very hard to do.
Technically, MDLs do not happen until a judicial panel transfers individual cases to a single court. Depending on when your lawsuit is filed, you may find yourself automatically transferred to the MDL court or you may wait to learn when and if the JPML believes an MDL is the proper venue for the mass tort.
But, rest assured, even if your case is included in an MDL, TruLaw lawyers will treat your injuries, your medical history and your financial needs separately. We are aware that not all cases are the same.
We understand the frustration in waiting to hear about settlements in product liability lawsuits. Unfortunately, in drug and device cases, we have no choice but to sue some of the most profitable companies in the world. Big Pharma has deep pockets and lawsuits are a cost of doing business for them. They are not inclined to settle until it makes business sense to them.
TruLaw lawyers building our cases with an eye on winning in court as well as settlement, when we believe that is the best result for our clients. We will never settle without advising you of your options, and we will keep you posted on our progress, to the extent we are legally able.
A corporation, by definition is profit seeking. There is no requirement that a corporation act morally. Unfortunately, too often we see dangerous drugs, devices and products remain on the market when corporations prioritize profit over people.
If these same corporations warn consumers of these risks, there is no case. We only pursue lawsuits on behalf of individuals who were not warned of the risk associated with the dangerous drug, device or product on the market.
TruLaw is pursuing Talcum Powder Lawsuits because we believe consumers were not properly warned of the risks of injury.
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