Talcum Powder Lawsuits link to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma
The talcum powder lawsuits against the manufacturers claim the failure to warn the public of asbestos contaminated talc and have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer and mesothelioma
Talcum powder lawsuits show risks of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma
Nearly 20,000 lawsuits against talcum powder companies, including Johnson & Johnson, claim the manufactureres failed to warn the public about the dangers of asbestos-contaminated talc.
Baby powder and other talc products tainted with asbestos have been linked to a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma as well as ovarian cancer.
What is talc and what products does this affect?
Talc is a naturally-occuring mineral used to make talcum powder, an ingredient in baby powder, as well as makeup and other products. Talc is naturally soft and absorbs moisture, odors and oils.
Johnson & Johnson first used talc to produce baby powder in the late 1800s as a treatment for diaper rash. Since then, talc has been used widely in makeup, including blush, eye shadow, face powder and foundation. Industrial manufacturers also use talc in paint and ceramic products.
Are talc products like Johnson & Johnson baby powder safe?
Some talc powder products, including baby powder and makeup, have been shown to contain asbestos, likely due to problems in the talc mining and refinement processes. Research shows that talc products contaminated with asbestos have directly led to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by long-term exposure to asbestos, sometimes over the course of decades. In 2014, a study led by researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital linked exposure to asbestos-contaminated talc powder to mesothelioma.
Since the 1970s, medical studies have established a link between the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
In December 2019, an extensive investigation by Reuters showed that since the 1970s, talc product manufacturers have pressured the FDA into downplaying the risks associated with their products. According to the investigation, Johnson & Johnson and others were aware of the potential risks their products posed to consumers and the possibility of asbestos contamination. The report showed how the FDA declined to issue warnings about asbestos in talc powder and struggled to require companies to test their products for contamination.
Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson have also made public internal company memos, from as far back as the 1960s and 70s, indicating company scientists knew about the presence of asbestos in their talc products.
In 2018, a study found that nine makeup products sold by fashion company Claire’s contained talc tainted with asbestos. The company denied the claims but then subsequently recalled the products, still refusing to admit fault.
Since July 2019, the US Department of Justice has been investigating Johnson & Johnson for hiding the possible dangers associated with its products. More than a dozen juries have already ruled that Johnson & Johnson knew about the carcinogenic effects of its talc powder products and failed to inform the public.
In October 2019, Johnson & Johnson recalled a single lot of Johnson’s Baby Powder after an FDA test found trace amounts of asbestos in the product.
Talc Products Shown to Contain Asbestos
Cashmere Bouquet Body Talc
Coty Airspun Face Powder
Bauer & Black Baby Talc
Rosemary Talc Powder
ZBT Baby Powder with Baby Oil
Faberge Brut Talc
English Leather After Shave Talc Powder
Mennen Shave Talc
Yardley Talc and Baby Powder
Claire’s Makeup Sets
Consumers who used talc products and developed mesothelioma or ovarian cancer are entitled to compensation
There are nearly 20,000 active personal injury claims against Johnson & Johnson and other talc product producers and many have already been successful. Courts in California, Missouri, New Jersey and New York have ruled in favor of consumers seeking damages and compensation from the company. In 2018, women who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson talc powders won lawsuits worth $4.69 billion from the company.
Consumers may be eligible to file claims for damages if they developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma after using a talc product that was contaminated with asbestos.
As a result of consumer lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, recently announced that its North American operations will be sold at auction to compensate consumers who have filed cancer lawsuits against the company. The subsidiaries of Paris-based Imerys SA filed for bankruptcy last year.
FDA regulations required companies to inform the government if their products may pose a risk to consumers’ health. Johnson & Johnson and other talc manufacturers haven’t notified the FDA about possible asbestos contamination for most of their products. An increasing number of personal injury lawsuits allege that talc companies broke the law by failing to disclose the risks their products pose to consumers. As the number of suits against Johnson & Johnson increases and the Imerys bankruptcy process continues, personal injury lawyers are taking on additional clients for the cases.