Juries have awarded billions in verdicts to people who say talcum powder caused mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Manufacturers in lawsuits include Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive and Vanderbilt Minerals. In April 2018, a jury awarded $117 million to one man who said Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused his mesothelioma. Three months later, a jury in St. Louis ordered J&J to pay $4.69 billion to 22 plaintiffs who blamed asbestos in talcum powder for ovarian cancer.
If you were exposed to industrial talc or used cosmetic talcum powder and developed complications, you may be entitled to compensation.
People suing talcum powder manufacturers claim exposure to talc gave them mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.
As of July 2018, juries ordered companies including Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive and Vanderbilt Minerals to pay billions in talcum powder verdicts.
In April 2018, a New Jersey jury found Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower led to one man’s mesothelioma. The jury awarded $117 million.
In July 2018, another jury in Missouri awarded $4.69 billion to 22 women with ovarian cancer.
Companies have also paid out some confidential settlements for mesothelioma.
According to the lawsuits, companies were aware of studies that link talcum powder to mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. But, Johnson & Johnson and other companies chose not to add warnings to the product labels.
Talc deposits used to mine talcum powder may also contain asbestos. Asbestos causes mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that often results in death.
Over the years, people have sued industrial talc suppliers and cosmetic companies, including J&J. Lawsuits claimed asbestos-tainted products caused mesothelioma.
Several of these lawsuits have ended in multimillion-dollar jury awards for the plaintiffs. There have also been a few confidential settlements.
Johnson & Johnson says its talcum powder has never contained asbestos.
In addition to jury verdicts, companies have paid plaintiffs and their families confidential settlements.
In March 2018, Vanderbilt Minerals reached a confidential settlement with Robert Lord. Lord worked with ceramic tiles in the 1970s he said contained talc with asbestos.
“The Company and its legal counsel believe that these cases are without merit and intend to challenge them vigorously.”
A federal jury found that Johnson & Johnson’s body powder products were a factor in Berg’s condition. But J&J was not part of a conspiracy, according to the jury, which concluded the company had no liability.
Since then, J&J has lost several ovarian cancer trials. It has also won and overturned some verdicts.
Not all J&J talcum powder lawsuits ended in plaintiff victories. In March 2017, St. Louis jurors found in favor of Johnson & Johnson in the case of Nora Daniels.
Doctors diagnosed Daniels with ovarian cancer in 2013. She underwent a hysterectomy, and as part of her treatment, doctors removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson argued that stronger studies disproved the results of the epidemiological studies.
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