Talcum Powder Settlement & Compensation Information
Women with ovarian and cervical cancer are suing Johnson & Johnson and winning talcum powder settlement awards. While Johnson’s® baby powder and Shower to Shower® body powder products seem harmless, plaintiffs say otherwise. Lawsuit allegations say the drug giant failed to warn consumers about potential talcum powder dangers, including cancer.
Despite the many lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson for talc-based feminine hygiene products, this allegation is still relatively new. Recent jury rulings in favor of plaintiffs show Johnson & Johnson hasn’t just been negligent. In fact, courts see the company’s behavior as actively conspiratorial. That’s due to withholding information about prolonged genital talcum powder use increasing women’s cancer risks and failing to add warnings on product labels. As a result, thousands of women who may have potentially avoided it developed ovarian cancer. These women now seek justice in court.
Initial Talcum Powder Settlement Offer Rejected; Many Later Cases Ruled In Plaintiff’s Favor
Deane Berg filed the first lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson alleging her ovarian cancer was caused by the company’s talc-based products. Though Berg’s trial wasn’t until 2013, she was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 after using J&J’s talc products for decades. Doctors examined Berg’s cancerous tissue and concluded talcum powder was responsible for her ultimately fatal disease.
For this reason, the jury found Johnson & Johnson guilty of negligence and failing to warn consumers about ovarian cancer risks from talcum powder use. Although Berg didn’t win damages, she and her lawyers expressed gratitude to the jury for legitimizing her claims. As a result, Berg’s ruling paved the path for more than a thousand additional lawsuits.
Talcum Powder Settlement History
Since Berg’s trial, other women eager to resolve their claims have stepped forward with similar stories. Plaintiffs include Jacqueline Fox (awarded $72 million after she developed cancer), Gloria Ristesund (awarded $55 million) and Deborah Giannecchini. Giannecchini, who developed ovarian cancer after long-term use, won a $70 million talcum powder settlement in October 2016. Since juries found J&J guilty of negligence, conspiracy, and failure to warn consumers about the dangers of using talcum powder, more plaintiffs have filed.
Cases Against Johnson & Johnson That Won A Talcum Powder Settlement
Despite evidence linking genital talc use with increased ovarian cancer risk, J&J still markets their products for feminine hygiene. During Fox’s trial, her attorney submitted an internal memo from 1992 saying “negative publicity from the health community on talc (inhalation, dust, negative doctor endorsement, cancer linkage) continues.”
Despite this incriminating evidence, Johnson & Johnson execs still refuse to issue talc product warnings — but other companies did act. Due to growing concern in the 1990s over the link between the mineral’s use and ovarian cancer, the condom industry stopped using talc altogether. After that, talc suppliers added warning labels on any products sold directly to Johnson & Johnson. And yet, the company still refuses to warn consumers about talcum powder’s potential risks.
Allegations In Talcum Powder Settlement Cases
Some of the most common talcum powder lawsuit allegations include:
- Talc-based product manufacturers knew for decades that baby powder can cause women to develop ovarian cancer, yet failed to warn the public.
- Also, women using talcum powder for personal hygiene maintenance are at higher risk for developing certain cancers.
- Despite studies linking talc-based products and cancer, J&J hasn’t replaced talc with a safe, proven substitute like cornstarch.
- Further, J&J is charged with concealing evidence about talcum powder use dangers from both consumers and the government.
- In conclusion, refusing to add a warning label to talc-based products that might otherwise prevent women from contracting cancer amounts to gross negligence on the company’s behalf.
Latest Talcum Powder Settlement Brings Total Closer to $1 Billion In Cancer Payouts
In the current settlement climate, lawyers are accepting new clients with ovarian cancer who used talcum powder regularly. Based on past rulings, plaintiffs may potentially qualify for financial compensation. In 2016, Jackie Fox’s family won the highest claim, totaling $72 million in damages. Then in May 2017, a Missouri jury awarded plaintiff Lois Slemp $110.5 million in damages after doctors found talc and asbestos particles embedded in her ovarian cancer tumors. On August 21, 2017, a California jury ordered J&J to pay Eva Echeverria a $417 million talcum powder settlement. This record-breaking talc verdict is the largest ever recorded, and with 4,800 trials still to go nationwide, she likely won’t be the last. To date, Johnson & Johnson has paid nearly one billion to settle talc cancer trials ($724.5 million total).
If either you or a loved one developed cancer after prolonged talcum powder use, you may have a case. Fill out a free case review form to find an experienced attorney near you.
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