Colorado Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

By - July 15, 2019
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J&J Must Pay $110 Million to Woman With Cancer from Using Baby Powder

Johnson & Johnson is most well known for its famous Baby Powder. But in recent years, it is becoming known for something else: cancer. Clinical research has come out suggesting that talcum powder, which is used in J&J Baby Powder, may cause some forms of cancer, including ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs. The link to cancer is due to some raw talc used by the consumer healthcare company was tainted with traces of asbestos, a dangerous human carcinogen.

Colorado women with cancer who have used talcum powder produced by J&J and other companies have been filing lawsuits in state and federal court for several years. Some plaintiffs have been successful and were awarded millions in compensation for their damages.

A recent case was in Missouri in 2017 where the jury ordered J&J to pay $110 million in compensatory damages to a Virginia woman. She claimed she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer because she used baby powder on her genitals for 30 years.

At the time, this verdict was the largest to come out of more than 10,000 personal injury lawsuits against J&J for causing cancer with baby powder. The primary argument in these lawsuits is the company failed to warn the public about possible cancer dangers from using baby powder that could contain traces of asbestos. (CNBC.com)

$110 Million Verdict Sent Johnson & Johnson Reeling

The massive verdict was a serious legal blow for J&J. The company makes many consumer products that use talcum powder, and is now the defendant in more than 13,000 personal injury lawsuits. In another lawsuit in 2018, J&J had to pay more than $300 million to a woman in New York with ovarian cancer. (WSJ.com)

American juries have found J&J liable in some court cases because of their failure to warn. While the company says its baby powder is safe, juries often think there is a link between talcum powder with asbestos in it and cancer.

Talcum powder cancer lawsuits are commonplace in Colorado today. Most of the suits are filed to prove a possible connection between using baby powder on the genitals and ovarian cancer. However, some cases also involve mesothelioma. It is possible for a woman to dust her genitals with baby powder and breathe in some of the powder mixed with asbestos. The tiny asbestos particles can lodge in the lungs. Over the years, genetic mutations can occur and cancer can form.

Our baby powder cancer lawyers in Colorado think J&J misled the public. They manufactured products sometimes containing traces of asbestos and did not warn anyone. If you live in Colorado, can prove you used baby powder for a long period of time and have cancer, you may want to talk to an attorney at the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. today about filing a claim.

Is There a Link Between Talcum Powder and Cancer?

Baby powder is produced from talcum powder, which is mostly made from talc, one of the softest minerals on the planet. Talc is comprised of magnesium, oxygen and silicon. A challenge of mining talc is that it often forms near and among asbestos deposits. When J&J and other companies mine talc, the asbestos must be separated from it during processing. If the asbestos is not entirely removed, consumers using cosmetic products such as baby powder face a risk of cancer.

Evidence came out during some recent trials that showed some talc mined by J&J subsidiaries could have contained traces of the human carcinogen. It has been known for many decades that asbestos exposure can cause cancer. In fact, in 1975, the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrances Association came out with voluntary guidelines for the talc industry. They stated that any talc used in US cosmetic products have to be 99.9% free of asbestos. (AJPH.org)

But J&J and other companies in the industry wanted a laxer standard of 99.5%, which means talc used in baby powder could contain much higher levels of asbestos.

Internal company documents from J&J revealed in some trials showed company officials knew some of its laboratory tests tested positive for asbestos in talc, but they did nothing about it.

Colorado Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits

Colorado women who have used baby powder and have cancer could be eligible for compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. Such lawsuits are more likely to be successful today because there is now documented proof the company knew about asbestos in its raw talc.

Reuters performed a study of thousands of internal company documents in 2018. Some internal memos showed that people inside J&J knew there was asbestos present in some of the talc it mined. This happened from approximately 1971 through the early 2000s. Still, company officials declined to warn the public or FDA about the danger. (Reuters.com)

Coloradans Who Used Baby Powder and Have Cancer Want Answers

Our Colorado baby powder cancer lawyers have led some major cases in Colorado and other states. This page gives you information you need to know if you want to file a personal injury lawsuit in Colorado against J&J.

We think it is important to give you this information because people who used talcum powder for years and have cancer need answers to many questions. Many potential clients ask us, for instance, about the cost of filing a personal injury lawsuit. At the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C., there is no upfront payment required. Our lawyers are paid with a contingency fee at the end of the case if we win you compensation. If we do not win, you do not need to pay legal fees.

Should You File a Colorado Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

Why would you want to file a lawsuit if you have cancer and used talcum powder? Most people in this situation have massive medical costs, lost wages and can no longer provide for their loved ones. They also endure pain and suffering, both mental and physical. They deserve payment for what J&J put them through.

As noted earlier, there are more than 10,000 personal injury lawsuits pending in Colorado and across America against J&J. The details on every case will vary, but most plaintiffs say they got ovarian cancer from using talcum powder for their personal hygiene. J&J says there is no connection between talcum powder and cancer, but much evidence says otherwise.

Get Compensation for Your Cancer in a Colorado Talcum Powder Lawsuit

If you want to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, call the attorneys at the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C.

You Will Not Be Part of a Class Action Lawsuit

Your personal injury lawsuit will stand on its own and will not be part of a class action. Class action lawsuits have their place, but for the most part, people in those cases receive little in compensation, while the attorneys get big legal fees. If you file a case with our office, you could win a lot of compensation for your medical bills and other damages.

Colorado Talcum Powder Cancer FAQs

Below are some common questions and answers about baby powder cancer lawsuits in Colorado:

What is the statute of limitations to file a product liability or personal injury lawsuit in Colorado?

You have two years from the date of injury to file suit. However, in this situation, the ‘discovery rule’ is in effect. You generally have two years from your date of diagnosis or the date you discovered you have cancer to file the lawsuit.

Who may file a personal injury lawsuit in Colorado?

Most plaintiffs file themselves. But if you are too ill or are deceased, your loved ones can file, including parents, children, husbands, wives and domestic partners.

Just how strong is the link between cancer and using talcum powder?

There is enough evidence to show a strong enough link to convince some juries in civil court. The legal standard in these cases is not the criminal one of ‘beyond a reasonable doubt,’ so the evidence that exists showing some talcum powder contained asbestos can be enough to win the case. Much depends on the quality of your attorney and who makes up the jury.

You Do Not Pay Unless We Win

At the law offices of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C., we provide aggressive legal representation for Coloradans with cancer. We can get you the compensation you deserve. Please contact our law office today for a free case review.

References

J&J Hit With $110 Million Verdict. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/05/johnson-johnson-ordered-to-pay-110-million-in-us-talc-powder-trial.html

J&J Hit With $300 Million in Punitive Damages in Talc Case. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.wsj.com/articles/johnson-johnson-hit-with-300-million-in-punitive-damages-in-talc-case-11559339141

Talcum Powder and Cancer. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2019.305085

Johnson & Johnson and Cancer. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/johnsonandjohnson-cancer/

Melinda J.
Melinda J.

Editor-in-Chief of TalcumPowderSafety. Since 1999, she's worked across a multitude of areas of consumer protection including defective products, environmental issues, identity theft, predatory lending and more.

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