Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits
Talcum powder – also simply called talc powder – is a commonly-used substance in cosmetic products throughout the world and is typically meant to provide relief from moisture and friction in the skin. Baby powder, dry body powder, and other similar products are among the most common products that contain talcum powder. For decades, women across the United States have used these products on their genitals without knowing that they could be at risk of developing ovarian cancer as a result. In its natural form, however, talc can contain a substance called asbestos, which is known to cause lung cancer when inhaled.
Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Valeant Pharmaceutical’s Shower To Shower are the two most common talc-based products involved in ongoing talcum powder cancer litigation in the United States.
Talcum Powder Connection to Ovarian Cancer
For decades, women across the United States have used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and Shower to Shower body powder – along with other brands of baby and body powders – to reduce moisture, odor, and friction in their genital areas on a daily basis. Many women were recommended to use talcum powder-based products by a doctor, while others have indicated that it was a tradition passed down by family members.
Over the past decade, it has become more and more clear that manufacturers of products containing talcum powder have been aware of the health risks connected to these products. Despite being presented with data which strongly suggested a serious connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, company officials ignored the data and even attempted to keep this information from the general public. Now, it is believed that thousands of women who used talc-based products may have been exposed to carcinogens and could be at risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Legally, manufacturers of dangerous products can be held responsible for knowingly creating, releasing, and actively marketing a product which causes harm to consumers. Injured victims who may have developed ovarian cancer and their loved ones may be able to recover significant financial compensation for their injuries and other damages that resulted from this dangerous product.
Notable Talcum Powder Lawsuits & News
In 2015, a woman named Jackie Fox sued Johnson & Johnson after she developed ovarian cancer which she believed to be caused by the presence of talcum powder in the company’s baby powder products. Fox, like the many other women across the country who have filed suit against Johnson & Johnson, had used baby powder on her genitals for decades with no knowledge of any health risks.
During the trial, Fox’s lawyers alleged that Johnson & Johnson was aware of the possible risks of ovarian cancer among women who used talcum powder products on their genitals. According to the The plaintiff’s attorneys presented as evidence a 1997 internal memo written by a medical consultant which stated that “anybody who denies [the risk of ovarian cancer from talc] is denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.” The strength and seriousness of these statements proved to be quite damning for Johnson & Johnson’s defense at trial.
Fox died two years after her cancer diagnosis, and her son took over his late mother’s lawsuit just before trial began. The jury in Fox’s case awarded a whopping $72 million verdict – $10 million in actual damages, while the remaining $62 million was classified as punitive damages. Punitive damages are typically meant to assign a form of “punishment” to a defendant in a lawsuit.
Who Can File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
Any woman who has used talcum powder products in the genital area – including Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and others – and fits the predetermined criteria below may be able to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or Valeant Pharmaceuticals:
- Has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or a related type of cancer;
- Used talcum powder in the genital area on a daily basis for at least five years;
- Used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder or Valeant Pharmaceutical Inc.’s Shower To Shower body powder;
- Positive biopsy or other analysis in medical records showing a presence of talcum powder as evidence to support the claim;
- Must not have a preexisting genetic predisposition to ovarian cancer, including the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 genes, which make a woman more likely to develop this type of cancer even without talcum powder use.
In the event that the potential claimant has died from ovarian cancer, surviving family members and loved ones may be asked to testify about the claimant’s use of talc-based products and other necessary information.
Next Steps for Victims With Ovarian Cancer
If you or a loved one has developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder or other talc-based products, it may be in your best interests to consult with a law firm experienced in handling these types of claims. Our attorneys currently represent many of the current consumers actively engaged in talcum powder lawsuits and claims against manufacturers of these dangerous products.
Our attorneys will review your injury claim free of charge, and there is absolutely no obligation to hire a lawyer. If you do decide to hire us, there are no upfront costs and all attorney fees will be paid out of your settlement at the conclusion of your case. Our no-fee guarantee allows you to obtain quality legal representation without having to spend thousands of dollars out of pocket. Contact us today to get started, it may make all the difference in the outcome of your claim.