Juries have awarded millions 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.
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 April 2018, juries ordered companies including Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive and Vanderbilt Minerals to pay millions in talcum powder verdicts.
For example, juries have ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $700 million to ovarian cancer plaintiffs. Women in the lawsuits used Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for decades.
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.
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.
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.”
Not all talc cancer lawsuits focus on asbestos in talc. Ovarian cancer suits say talcum powder without asbestos can also cause cancer.
The main defendant in these ovarian cancer lawsuits is Johnson & Johnson. As of April 2018, the company faces about 6,900 cases in federal court.
In October 2013, Deane Berg made history by alleging that ovarian cancer was caused by asbestos-free talcum powder. It was the first lawsuit of its kind against J&J in the U.S.
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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