Talcum Baby Powder Lawsuit

More than 1,000 women and their families are suing Johnson & Johnson, claiming that the company knew about the potential risk of developing ovarian cancer from using its baby powder in the genital area yet failed to warn consumers. One jury has already ordered the company to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer after using J&J’s baby powder for years. If you or a loved one has developed ovarian cancer after long term genital use of J&J baby/talcum powder, you may be entitled to compensation. Call now to see if you qualify.

Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

talcum powder lawsuitFor years, Johnson & Johnson encouraged women to include its Baby Powder or Shower to Shower talc products as part of their daily health and beauty routine. One of the company’s ads stated “Want to feel cool, smooth and dry? It’s as easy as taking powder from a baby.” Women applied the talcum powders to their genitals or sprinkled it in their underwear to keep the area cool and free of odors. It has been suggested that even though the powder is applied externally, some powder particles could travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovaries.

Potential Risks of Baby Powder

Studies done as far back as 1971 raised awareness of the possibility that talcum powder could pose a risk of ovarian cancer. Other studies done since then found that long term use of talc in the genital area increased the risk of ovarian cancer by 33%. However, J&J never issued any warnings about risks associated with genital use of talcum powder.

Baby Powder is considered a cosmetic. Cosmetics are regulated under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and are not subject to the same type of rigorous screening process as pharmaceuticals or medical devices. Cosmetic products and ingredients do not have to undergo FDA review or approval before they are sold to the public. In exchange cosmetic companies have a legal responsibility for the safety of their products and ingredients, but, they do not need to share safety information with the FDA. The onus is completely on the company to ensure that their products are safe and pose no major risks to consumers


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Baby Powder News and Updates

  • Jury awards $70 million to woman who blamed J&J powder for cancer

    After only 3 hours of deliberations, a St. Louis jury awarded $70 million in compensation and punitive damages to a California woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder. This is the third straight trial Johnson & Johnson has lost over claims that its talcum powder ...

  • Jury awards $55 million to woman who blamed talc for cancer

    A St. Louis jury awarded a South Dakota woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder $55 million in compensation and punitive damages. A little less than two months earlier in the same courthouse, the company lost a $72 million verdict to the family of a ...

  • J&J’s Baby Powder Problem

    Bloomberg released an investigatory report regarding the potential link between long term use of talcum powder in the genital area and ovarian cancer in women. J&J has been selling its Baby Powder for over 100 years, yet there had never been a discussion concerning ovarian cancer until a British study ...

Are You Eligible for a Baby Powder Lawsuit?

The Feeney Law Firm is committed to seeking justice for those affected by baby powder. Fighting to keep people safe from corporate greed and self-interest is our passion. We are here to help make that process as simple as possible for you and your family. Call us now at 1-800-809-0911 for a FREE consultation. Don’t wait; your time to file a claim may be limited.

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