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Talcum Powder Lawsuit Settlement

Courts have awarded millions of dollars in talcum powder lawsuit settlements to people who developed cancer after using talcum powder for years. Johnson & Johnson agreed to settle hundreds of lawsuits that claimed the company's talcum powder caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

Last Modified: January 5, 2023
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Has There Been a Talcum Powder Settlement?

So far, there has been one publicly reported talcum powder settlement that included more than 1,000 individual talcum powder lawsuits. In October 2020, Johnson & Johnson agreed to the public settlement following the private settlement of a few cases without a trial.

Plaintiffs in these lawsuits claimed they developed ovarian cancer after using J&J’s talcum powder products for years. While J&J offered to settle the cases, the health care giant still faces 37,519 talcum powder lawsuits in New Jersey as of Dec. 15, 2022.

J&J’s public settlement came shortly after the company announced it would stop selling talcum powder products in the U.S. and Canada in May 2020. Prior to the announcement, J&J issued a talcum powder recall for 33,000 bottles of Johnson’s Baby Powder after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found trace amounts of asbestos in a sample. In August 2022, J&J announced it would stop selling talcum powder products globally in 2023.

In addition to ovarian cancer, other plaintiffs claim that talcum powder caused their mesothelioma. J&J and other talcum powder manufacturers are named defendants in some of these cases.

How Much Is the Talcum Powder Settlement Amount?

J&J offered to pay $100 million to settle more than 1,000 talcum powder ovarian cancer claims. Each individual plaintiff who is a part of this settlement can expect settlement amounts in the thousands or millions of dollars, depending on the facts of their case.

Factors that influence settlement amounts include:
  • Physical and financial damages
  • Medical bills
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Severity of disease
  • Lost quality of life

People who lost their spouse to cancer caused by talcum powder may also claim loss of consortium. Wrongful death cases may receive a larger settlement. Settlement administrators determine settlement amounts of each case by using these factors along with a general settlement matrix that assigns point values.

While J&J has agreed to settle 1,000 cases for $100 million, it set aside about $4 billion for the cost of litigation. The settlement and lost jury verdicts have already cost the company billions.

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

Talcum powder lawsuits may take anywhere from two to several years to settle. Some cases are more complicated than others because of the medical records and science needed to connect cancer to talcum powder.

According to trial attorney Trent Miracle, a complex talcum powder lawsuit could take three to seven years to settle. In addition, many of these cases stalled in courts because of COVID-19.

Many attorneys expected the $100 million settlement to be the first of many more global settlements. But a judge allowed J&J to use bankruptcy to avoid dealing with the talcum powder cancer claims in February 2022.

The plaintiffs’ attorneys have appealed this decision and have been battling for their clients in court. In the meantime, cases have remained at a standstill.

Who Is Eligible for a Talcum Powder Settlement?

People who used a cosmetic or commercial talcum powder product and developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive a talcum powder settlement. Family members or spouses who have lost someone to ovarian cancer or mesothelioma from talcum powder use may also be eligible to file a claim.

Many people who developed cancer used talcum powder for several years before they were diagnosed. Only an attorney can tell you if you qualify for a talcum powder settlement.

Contact a lawyer for a free talcum powder lawsuit case review. Time limits to file a case may apply, so you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible to preserve your right to file a lawsuit.

Please seek the advice of a medical professional before making health care decisions.