J&J Agrees to pay $8.9 Billion To Settle Talc Cases

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Did You Know Baby Powder Can Increase Your Risk Of Developing Cancer?

If you or your loved one used Johnson’s Baby Powder or Johnson’s Shower To Shower and were subsequently diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma — you may be entitled to compensation.

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Health Risks of Talcum Powder and Its Links to Cancer

Ovarian Cancer

Women have used talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product for many decades because it reduces friction, moisture, and odor. However, it may be dangerous to use near the genitals. Organizations such as the American Cancer Society acknowledge that talcum powder, if applied near or to the genitals, may travel to a woman’s ovaries, increasing a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.


The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies asbestos, a natural mineral, as a human carcinogen. When an individual inhales asbestos-contaminated talcum powder, there is an increased risk of developing mesothelioma. Talc mines may be close to asbestos deposits, increasing the chance that talc may be contaminated with asbestos when mined.

Talcum Powder Litigation: What Is the Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

Individuals are filing lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson after long-term exposure to talcum powder caused them to develop cancer. These lawsuits allege that talcum powder caused cancer and that Johnson & Johnson knew about the cancer risks and failed to warn consumers.

A few of the products that have been named in the talc powder lawsuits include:

  • Johnson’s Baby Powder
  • Shower to Shower

Who Can File a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

You may be entitled to compensation for damages if the following talcum powder lawsuit criteria apply to your situation:

  • You have had significant exposure to talcum powder or another talc-based product for an extended period.
  • You have ovarian cancer or a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Do you believe that you may have a viable talcum powder claim? Act quickly, and do not hesitate to reach out to a talcum powder attorney from our firm about a free no-obligation case review. Every state has a statute of limitations about how long you have to bring a lawsuit. Missing this deadline may mean losing your right to file a lawsuit.

Your Questions Answered: Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Cancer Lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and Shower to Shower talc have been linked to increased risks of ovarian cancer in users, and the company has been accused of concealing these risks from the public. In addition to cancer, some women have also sued Johnson & Johnson over allegations that their powder products caused lung disease and asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.

What Exactly Is Johnson & Johnson Being Sued For?

Many scientific studies have linked talc, the ingredient found in such products as Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, as well as other Talcum Powder brands, to ovarian cancer in some women.

Johnson & Johnson has been sued by thousands of women who developed ovarian cancer after long-term talcum powder use, who allege that the company knew about the dangers of talc and failed to warn consumers.

Researchers have concluded that there is substantial evidence that exposure to talcum powder can lead to ovarian cancer. They attribute this to asbestos, a natural ingredient found in crushed talc.The American Cancer Society reports that nearly 20,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year due to asbestos in talcum powder. These statistics are alarming, given how prevalent ovarian cancer is in the country and its links to talcum powder. This year, nearly 13,000 women will succumb to it as well.

Who Is Eligible To File A Talcum Powder Cancer Claim?

In order to sue a manufacturer of talcum powder that you used and developed cancer, you need to meet the following requirements:

Talcum-based powder must have been used. The ongoing lawsuit surrounds Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower brands.

If possible, you should have received an ovarian cancer diagnosis sometime between 2000 and the present day. If possible, you should have biopsy results showing your cancer may have been related to baby powder.

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum products, you might be eligible to file a claim.

What Damages Can I Seek From Injuries Related To J&J's Baby Powder?

Pursuing a claim against Johnson & Johnson for developing cancer because of asbestos in their baby powder products could result in compensating you for:

  • Physical pain, suffering, and distress
  • Mental and emotional anguish
  • Loss of happiness
  • Decreased life expectancy
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Lost job, income, and wages

If you are a surviving family member of a loved one who died from ovarian cancer or mesothelioma and it was the result of powder products containing talc, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit. These cases may involve compensation for both the suffering of your loved one and for the economic contribution he or she made to your household.

Can I Still File A Johnson & Johnson's Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

The deadline to file your talcum powder lawsuit has not passed. Talcum powder lawsuits are possible if you used talcum powder regularly for over one year and you developed ovarian cancer within the last three years (or the statute of limitations in your state).

The talcum powder lawsuits have been going on for a long time, and some cases have already been settled, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to file your own talc lawsuit.

What Have The Settlements Been For A Talcum Powder Lawsuit Claim?

We don’t know what the settlement compensation payouts will be, but Johnson & Johnson has so far paid $100,000,000 to settle a group of 1,000 cases.

Again, the average is about $100,000 per case. The dollar value of a mass tort case does not typically go down with successive settlements. As a result, the most likely average talcum powder settlement amount in these lawsuits may be higher.

Get a Free Confidential Case Review From Our Talcum Powder Lawyers

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma after significant exposure to talcum powder? Discuss your situation with a talcum powder lawyer from our firm to learn about your best legal options. Our firm has extensive experience holding negligent companies accountable for dangerous drugs, products, and medical devices. We provide our clients with dedicated support and advocacy through the litigation process.

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