Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Did you know that talcum powder could lead to ovarian cancer? Researchers have known for decades, and so has Johnson & Johnson, a leading manufacturer of talcum-based baby powders. In spite of its knowledge, the company did nothing to alert customers of the risks. While some powders on the market contain warning labels that mention the possible dangers, J&J’s products do not. The failure to warn consumers of the potential link between talcum powder and cancer has led to numerous lawsuits.
What is Talc and how is it used?
Talc is a naturally occurring silicate mineral. For nearly a century, cosmetic companies have taken advantage of the mineral’s softness and moisture absorbing qualities to produce baby powder and other cosmetics. Since 1892, when Johnson & Johnson first started using pulverized talc in its product line, it has become the main ingredient in a number of popular cosmetic products. Only the powders applied to the genital areas present a risk of ovarian cancer, however.
The current controversy revolves around two specific Johnson & Johnson products—Shower to Shower powder and Johnson’s Baby Powder—neither of which included a warning label, in spite of research suggesting a link between talc-based baby powder and cancer. For decades, women have relied on these powders to absorb moisture, prevent irritation, and dispel bad odors. They did so with no knowledge that long-term use could cause adverse effects.
Should you file a lawsuit?
A number of reputable studies have established the correlation between Johnson’s baby powder and cancer. If you’re one of the many women who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after long-term use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum-containing products, you may be entitled a settlement offer or jury trial. Contact our team of lawyers at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt immediately for a free case consultation.