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Talcum Powder Lawsuit FAQ

For decades, researchers have known that talc-based products, including shower to shower and baby powder, may have caused cancer due to its mineral irritants, including asbestos. The American Cancer Society and other organizations have recognized the correlation between using talc products and developing reproductive cancers, including cancer of the ovaries and uterus.

Many older women who have used talcum powder and other talc-based products are only recently learning that those products could cause various cancers, including uterine cancer and mesothelioma.

A personal injury attorney from a respected law firm has answered the most frequently asked questions about talcum products and how to file a talcum powder lawsuit below.

What Is Talcum Powder?

Talcum powder is made from talc, a naturally forming clay mineral (silicate) mined from the earth in a semi-soft form. Talc is made of hydrated magnesium, oxygen, hydrogen, and silicon.

The soft material, when crushed, powders to a silky smooth consistency. Many talc product manufacturers use talc products, including baby powder and cosmetics.

Recently, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) identified asbestos contamination in talc-based products, including those manufactured and sold by Johnson & Johnson (J & J). For decades, J & J pushed back against the allegations that they knew that their baby powder and other talc-based products were causing harm.

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What Is In Talcum Powder That Causes Cancer?

Traditionally, talcum powder is manufactured from talc minerals mainly containing silicon, hydrogen, oxygen, and magnesium due to its absorbing qualities. In addition, talc is slippery, preventing friction, and it helps maintain dry skin while preventing rashes.

Talc is used in hygiene and cosmetic products, including baby powder, adult hygienic powder, facial powders, and other consumer products. However, some talc harvested from the earth contains asbestos fibers known to be carcinogenic when inhaled into the lungs or used as a female hygiene product.

Scientific literature has announced concerns about a potential link between using talc hygiene powder and developing cancer. These cases typically involve long-term talc exposure in the workplace, where employees inhaled the toxic minerals into the lungs.

Some health advocates are concerned that women applying Shower-to-Shower and baby powder routinely to their genital area have an increased potential risk for developing ovarian cancer.

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What Is The Link Between Talcum Powder And Ovarian Cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, there is no direct link to ovarian cancer using asbestos-free talc hygiene products. However, scientists generally accept that using talc with asbestos can cause cancer if inhaled.

However, there is less evidence to show that asbestos-free talc inhaled into the lungs causes cancer. Laboratory studies have been done on animals to see if talc exposure has caused health problems and tumor development.

Other studies have been conducted on humans to identify a potential risk of developing ovarian cancer using talc products among various people. However, there is insufficient evidence to identify problems with using asbestos-free talcum powder products due to mixed results.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits :: Why Didn't Johnson & Johnson Warn About Cancer Risks?

Jonathan Rosenfeld of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers shares the talcum powder lawsuit FAQ's to answer the most-often asked questions about the talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits.

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How Do You Get Cancer From Talcum Powder?

Talcum powder is made from talc, a mined milled mineral from the earth, where the milling process crushes its components of hydrogen, oxygen, silicon, magnesium, and sometimes asbestos.

Over the last few decades, many companies manufacturing talc-based products, including J & J, have publicly stated that their products do not contain asbestos.

However, in March 2020, the FDA released a report involving a year-long test to determine if talc-containing cosmetics also contained asbestos. All companies manufactured talc products following FDA safety guidelines.

Even so, asbestos was associated with talc powder in nine product samples. While the manufacturers may sincerely believe that their products do not contain asbestos, testing modern talc-based cosmetics has shown otherwise.

Some research has shown that women who use talcum powder can potentially increase their risk for ovarian cancer and other cancers, including cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, and others.

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What Kinds of Cancer Come from Talcum Powder?

Some research has shown that talcum powder use at home and in the workplace can cause various forms of cancer, including:

  • Ovarian cancer – A 2008 review analyzed the correlation between women diagnosed with ovarian cancer and the use of talcum powder products. The early review did not directly correlate a risk for developing talcum powder ovarian cancer and using perineal talcum powder.
  • Endometrial cancer – A 2010 study reported the risk of developing endometrial cancer and perineal (genitals and anus) talcum product use, primarily in postmenopausal females. While there was no significant correlation between the two, a slight increase in talcum powder ovarian cancer risk was determined not to be statistically significant.
  • Cervical cancer – No comprehensive research has identified a correlation between the risk of cervical cancer patients and talc products.
  • Breast cancer – Minimal research results are available in identifying any correlation between talcum powder use and breast cancer. However, Many cosmetics used by women contain talc, including paraffin-containing body moisturizers, that are thought to increase breast cancer risk.
  • Lung cancer – Numerous studies have shown a correlation between inhaling talc, primarily in the workplace, and the risk of developing lung cancer. Many studies have been linked to miners and millers harvesting refining talc on its way to product manufacturers and the marketplace. Many of these workers are exposed to talc and other hazardous substances.
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When Was It Common Knowledge That Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer In Women?

For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), World Health Association Agency, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have deemed asbestos a cancer-causing agent.

These organizations state that asbestos exposure could lead to numerous cancers, including lung, larynx (voicebox), and mesothelioma.

Many product manufacturers have claimed that their talc products do not contain asbestos. However, in recent years, the FDA has found asbestos in many cosmetic and hygiene products, including Johnson & Johnson's baby powder, eye shadow, blush, etc.

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Which One Causes Cancer: Cornstarch Or Talc Powder?

Researchers believe that cancers associated with using talc products likely occurred through inhalation (lung cancer/mesothelioma, or used as genital hygiene body powder (ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, cervical cancer).

Alternatively, cornstarch is harvested from cord kernels, a naturally-forming food substance. Based on the chemical nature of cornstarch and corn, it is biologically unlikely that the food substance could cause cancer.

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If Talcum Powder Can Cause Cancer, Why Do People Still Use It?

Johnson & Johnson continued to sell talc products, including baby powder, until early 2020, when they announced they would stop production in response to manufacturing restriction concerns involving Covid-19.

In 1998, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of J & J, quietly changed the instructions on their diaphragm labels that recommended using talcum powder with their product.

A year earlier, J & J internal company memos revealed that the company disagreed with its toxicologists that talcum powder use is a potential cancer risk. However, by 2006, the talc mineral mining company supplying J & J factories with the silicate started stamping a talc cancer warning label on its products.

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Does Where You Put Talcum Powder Increase the Risk for Developing Ovarian Cancer?

Scientists have yet to agree if there is a direct correlation between developing cancer and talc product use. However, substantial research results show the inhalation of talc dust, mainly talc-containing asbestos, could cause lung cancer, larynx cancer, and mesothelioma when inhaled.

Scientific tests are inconclusive about whether applying talc dust to female genitals and anus (peritoneal area) enter and irritate the female reproductive system.

However, many women who developed ovarian cancer after using talc products have filed a talcum powder lawsuit against J & J and other hygiene product manufacturers seeking compensation for their damages. Other talcum powder lawsuits have involved cervical cancer and endometrial cancer.

Many million dollar cases have been resolved through negotiated settlements involving women with an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer, and others were decided in courts with massive jury verdicts.

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How Long Does It Take to Settle a Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit?

The length of time it takes to resolve a talc powder compensation claim depends on contributing factors, including the amount of evidence and the extent of the plaintiff's damages. However, many claims are resolved within a few months.

Cases involving talc product use and the development of terminal cancers take much longer. As a result, many plaintiffs waited years to have their cases heard in court. However, waiting has been beneficial to many women who have ovarian cancer.

In one case, Missouri court jurors ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.1 billion in damages to twenty-two women diagnosed with ovarian cancer who had used talc powder as a feminine hygiene product.

The number of cases is growing against J & J that have been forced to pay more than $10 billion to resolve many cancer lawsuits. However, the government has yet to formally file class-action lawsuits against talc powder products manufacturers through multidistrict litigation.

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How Do I File a Lawsuit Against Johnson & Johnson?

Talcum powder lawsuits are handled like all personal injury claims. All the necessary documents and paperwork must be filed in the proper county courthouse before the statute of limitations (time limits law) expires. All these cases are handled in either federal or state courts and will not be a class action.

Your talcum powder lawsuit should be based on the growing body of evidence showing that using talcum products in the genital area led to cancer diagnosis or inhaling talc particles, dust, and fibers that cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. In addition, your case should detail that you have suffered economic and non-economic losses.

However, simply sending a demand letter, contacting the feminine hygiene products manufacturer, and demanding compensation is not enough to win your case. Product liability cases involving Johnson & Johnson's baby powder and talc products are highly complex and require an experienced attorney.

Your lawyer will build a case on various factors, including the manufacturer's failure to warn you of the potentially harmful side effects of using the product. Your attorney can help protect your legal rights, provide counsel, help file a lawsuit, and obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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Which Chemical in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Causes Cancer?

Talc is a naturally occurring chemical harvested from the earth, made of numerous minerals, including magnesium, hydrogen, silicon, and oxygen. However, studies have shown that asbestos can also be found in talc released during the milling process that powders the talc for consumer use.

For decades, J & J has claimed that their talc products have been asbestos-free, including feminine hygiene products. However, researchers have known that inhaling asbestos dust and fibers could lead to lung cancer, larynx cancer, and deadly mesothelioma.

Recently, the justice system has held talc product manufacturers financially accountable for the physical harm they have caused users of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder and cosmetics. As a result, by February 2020, J & J announced it would voluntarily stop selling talc products in Canada and the United States.

A company statement read that "demand for the talc Johnson's Baby Powder in America has been declining due in part to changes in consumer habits and fueled by misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising."

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How Do You Know If Talcum Powder Gave You Cancer?

Do you suspect that you developed ovarian cancer from talcum products? Do you believe it caused irritation that led to inflammation, beginning a long cascade of bodily responses that eventually resulted in cancer?

Proving your case to a claims adjuster or trial jurors might be challenging, leading to an uncertain outcome. For example, one study identified 250,000 women using talc-based products where less than 2200 in the study group developed ovarian cancers.

Documents reveal that Johnson & Johnson knew over four decades ago that their talc products were dangerous long before the first plaintiff decided to file a talcum powder case. Yet, the company failed to warn consumers of the potential increased risk of ovarian cancer from talcum products.

Although J & J continues to generate billions of dollars in profits, the company denies every allegation that using their product causes cancer in talcum powder lawsuit cases.

You may have the basis of a compensation claim and may be eligible to file a talcum powder lawsuit based on a defective product. Contact a reputable personal injury lawyer specializing in talcum powder lawsuit cases to schedule a free no-obligation case review at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or use the contact form.

Your attorney will answer your questions about talcum powder and how some females develop ovarian cancer. During your case review, the information you share with our law firm about your talcum powder ovarian cancer remains confidential through an attorney-client relationship.

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How To Determine If Your Cancer Is From Baby Powder?

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), numerous studies have been conducted relating talc used to cancer risks. The naturally forming silicate talc, like asbestos, has been studied for nearly three decades in animal model studies to identify any carcinogenic effect.

Researchers have found a link between talc powder use (peritoneal-genital and anus) and ovarian cancer. However, it is unknown whether applying talc powder externally in the genital area enters the female reproductive tract into the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.

Studies involved searching for a correlation between women who use talc feminine hygiene products applied to the genitals or sanitary napkins/feminine hygiene products and those who develop ovarian cancer. Their studies show no indication of talcum powder ovarian cancer.

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Have There Been Any Talcum Powder Lawsuits Compensating Victims?

The Wall Street Journal reported that in late 2019, a New Jersey jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to compensate four talcum powder lawsuit plaintiffs $750 million to resolve their claim.

However, the judge reduced the fine to $186 million, even though the jury found that the baby powder had allegedly caused the plaintiff's cancer, reducing the amount of money each plaintiff receives for economic damages, pain, and suffering.

Bloomberg News reported that in 2018, California jurors asked the court if J & J could be required to add a cancer warning to its talc products, including baby powder.

The judge responded that they had no authority to do that. The jurors' verdict included $4 million in punitive damages as a punishment to J & J for harming consumers.

In October 2020, J & J agreed to pay plaintiffs over $100 million in a negotiated settlement to resolve talcum powder cancer lawsuits. As a result, these product liability claims were not part of class-action lawsuits.

There are still thousands of lawsuits yet to be resolved involving the use of talc products and ovarian cancer development. In addition, many more potential plaintiffs will file talcum powder cancer lawsuits in the months ahead so long as the statute of limitations (time limits) has not expired in the case.

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What Is The Going Rate For Personal Injury Lawyers For a Talcum Powder Cancer Case?

An attorney representing a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit victim will likely take one-third (33.33%) of a negotiated settlement amount. The plaintiff receives the remainder, less any case expenses. However, if the case must be presented before a judge and jury at trial, the lawyer usually takes 40%.

Through negotiated settlements and jury verdicts, Johnson & Johnson and other talc powder product manufacturers have resolved many million-dollar talcum powder ovarian cancer cases.

Contact our law firm today for a free consultation and free no-obligation case review to see if you are eligible to file a lawsuit. Tell us what happened when using talcum powder. We will discuss how to file a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit on your behalf during your free consultation.

We accept all defective product liability cases and talcum powder lawsuits through a contingency fee agreement to avoid paying fees until your legal matter is resolved through a negotiated settlement or the jury awarded your compensation.

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Top Suppliers, Manufacturers, and Brands of Talc Product Lawsuits

The top suppliers and manufacturers of talc products are listed below. However, consumers should note that talc products are not limited to the manufacturers and brand names listed below but include many smaller companies supplying baby powder to nationwide retail stores.

The product is used in a wide variety of products, including:

  • Baby Powder: CVS, Publix, Babies R Us, Walmart, Kmart.
  • Soothing Touch Powder: Kroger, Meijer, Stop & Shop, Martin's Supermarket.
  • Baby Magic Baby Powder: CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid Drug Stores
  • Always Shower Fresh Body Powder: Walmart, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., Kroger Co., Publix Super Markets Inc., Kmart Corp
  • Febreze Scent Expressions: Burlington Stores Inc., T.J. Maxx, V.F. Corp.'s Sierra Trading Post, and other retailers.
  • Downy Unstopables In-Wash: Sun Products Corp., SC Johnson & Co., Procter & Gamble Company
  • Feminine Hygiene Products: Tampax and Playtex Sanitary Napkins. Hygienic Supplies like Shower to Shower Body Powder
  • Sexual lubricants for Men & Women

The toxic substance is used in non-personal care and industrial products, such as talc powder for paper products or pharmaceutical tablets. Some of these manufacturers, suppliers, and brands include:

  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Henkel
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
  • Church & Dwight
  • Colgate-Palmolive Co.
  • Max International Holding Corp
  • Shiseido Company, Ltd
  • Unilever PLC
  • AmeriQual Talc Products, Inc., of Georgia-based AmeriCom International, Ltd., has supplied name-brand talcum for personal hygiene products for decades.

The companies above and other leading suppliers of talc powder products made in the United States and overseas are defendants in talcum powder lawsuits involving alleged cancers and other serious personal injuries.

Consumers need to know that chemical manufacturing companies are not the only defendants hiring attorneys to fight a talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit.

The companies that supply the raw materials for talc manufacturing are also named as defendants in many cases. In fact, in one case involving Johnson & Johnson, the company was named a defendant for supplying raw material to its manufacturing partner Imerys Talc America, the accused manufacturer.

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Who Is Eligible to File a Lawsuit?

As of October 2019, over 6,900 powder ovarian cancer lawsuit cases had been filed involving claims that talc products caused ovarian cancer. Any woman who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer is eligible to file a talc powder lawsuit.

There are no time limits for filing a lawsuit. However, numerous specific factors could determine how much compensation an individual might recover if they win their case, including:

  • How long has the woman been using talcum powder products for feminine hygiene purposes?
  • The severity of a woman's ovarian cancer, if it is determined that the use of talcum powder caused her cancer
  • The presence or absence of other causes for developing ovarian cancer, if it can be proven that using talc was a primary cause of her cancer

Estimating the potential payout in a talcum powder lawsuit can be challenging to do without the consultation of an experienced attorney, who will consider all relevant facts and contributing factors when determining how much -- if any -- compensation your case might be worth.

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