In February of 2016 Johnson and Johnson was found responsible to pay approximately
$72 million (including punitive damages) to the family of a 52 year old
woman after a jury found that her use of Johnson & Johnson’s
Baby Powder and Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower contributed
to her death from ovarian cancer. Most recently another jury awarded another
woman $55 million as she too developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson&
Johnson talc powder products for decades for as part of her daily feminine
hygiene. These verdicts and a growing number of lawsuits involving talc
powder have many women concerned about their use of Johnson & Johnson
talc products and their health. Attorney Brett Oppenheimer is currently
investigating lawsuits involving talcum powder and can assist you with
any questions you may have.
What is talc powder?
Talc is mined from a mineral called hydrous magnesium silicate. Many talc
powders contained asbestos until 1970 . Since asbestos was known to be
a cancer causing agent, talc powders are required by law to be free of asbestos.
What is the Concern over Talcum Powder?
Studies from as early as 1971 found that talc particles may be found in
the ovarian tissue of ovarian cancer patients. There have been indications
that talc particles that entering a woman’s body through the vagina
caused inflammation in the pelvic area. Inflammation can increase endometrial
cancer risks. Talc can survive in the endometrial tissue for many years
What is the Basis of Talcum Powder Law Suits?
Talc has been marketed to women as an effective agent for keeping skin
dry, preventing rashes and as a vaginal deodorant. Despite studies showing
a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, businesses such as Johnson
& Johnson refused to issue warnings about the connection. The Johnson
& Johnson products containing talc powder are Johnson’s Baby
Powder and Johnson’s Shower to Shower. Lawyers for the company admitted
that executives at Johnson & Johnson were aware of studies showing
the link between talc and epithelial ovarian cancer. Currently there are
over 1000 other lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson involving Baby
Powder and Show to Shower.
If you or a loved one has suffered from the side effects of talc-powder,
contact Brett Oppenheimer PLLC today.