Illinois Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

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Johnson & Johnson Loses in Court: Must Pay $29 Million To Mesothelioma Victim After Baby Powder Exposure

Using talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes has been shown in some women to lead to mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. That is why Illinois women are filing Illinois talcum powder cancer claims against corporations that make baby powder but failed to provide warnings about possible cancer dangers.

In a 2019 verdict, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $29 million to a woman with mesothelioma. She claimed that using J&J baby powder tainted with asbestos caused her fatal cancer. (

Johnson & Johnson was held liable in that case for the woman’s cancer because the jury said the company failed to provide enough warnings that their baby powder could have asbestos in it. The jury rejected the company line that their talcum powder products never had asbestos at all. During the trial that lasted months, hundreds of internal company memos proved the company knew that some of its baby powder products had traces of asbestos, which is a known human carcinogen. Months or years of exposure to asbestos can lead to various cancers including mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.

There are many other talcum powder lawsuits in Illinois and other states that intend to provide compensation for cancer victims and their loved ones. The lawsuits’ basis is the company was aware its baby products sometimes had asbestos fibers in them but they did not warn the public or the government.

We know J&J has lost the goodwill and trust of people in Illinois and across America as these baby powder cancer cases unfold. There currently are thousands of baby powder lawsuits pending in the state and federal legal systems, at least 13,000 at last count.

Studies Show Women Can Get Ovarian Cancer From Using Baby Powder

Scientific evidence is accumulating showing that baby powder used on the genitals can boost a woman’s chance of getting ovarian cancer. The more often she uses baby powder in that area, the higher the cancer risk.

Approximately one in 75 women will get this cancer during their lives. This is less than 1%. But many clinical trials have shown women using baby powder regularly have a 30% higher chance to get the cancer. This means the woman who dusts her genitals with baby powder increases her chances of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer from 1.3% to 1.7%. So, if one million Illinois women use baby powder, at least 4,000 more of them will get cancer.

A very persuasive study on this topic is the African American Cancer Epidemiology Study (AACES). AACES looked at nearly 600 black women with ovarian cancer in various parts of the US to 750 women who did not. The study showed that the women using baby powder often had a 45% higher risk of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. (

Illinois Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits

Illinois women and their families who are dealing with an ovarian cancer or mesothelioma diagnosis may be eligible to file a personal injury or product liability lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson to recover financial damages. There is ample evidence the company knew of possible dangers of its products but did not tell anyone about cancer risks. Reuters wrote a comprehensive report about thousands of company documents that were published during several baby powder cancer trials.

Their story stated that from the 1970s until the early 2000s, the company knew that some of its raw talc contained asbestos. Company memos detailed that executives, doctors and scientists knew but were at a loss how to deal with the dilemma. They did not disclose critical product safety information to the public.

Also, other studies have shown that J&J knew as far back as the early 1980s there was a 92% higher risk of getting ovarian cancer after using baby powder for years on the female genitals. (

Illinois Talcum Powder Lawsuit FAQs

Our Illinois baby powder cancer lawyers have a strong record obtaining large settlements and verdicts against Johnson & Johnson due to their corporate negligence. On this site, you will learn about some of the most important information you need to file an Illinois personal injury claim for baby powder cancer.

For example, how does the Illinois statute of limitations affect an ovarian baby powder cancer lawsuit? The length of time in which you have to file a lawsuit, such as a personal injury or product liability lawsuit for a talcum powder product that Johnson & Johnson made – is called the statute of limitations. This limit varies by state, but all are governed by the discovery rule, which is typically when the injury was done or when you were diagnosed with cancer.

In Illinois, legal action must be filed within two years of the date on which an injury occurred. Also, Illinois has a 12-year statute of repose that starts once the product is sold to the consumer. There also is a 10-year statute of repose which starts once the product is delivered to the consumer. So, the statute of limitations on ovarian cancer lawsuits involving baby powder in this state are complex. You need an experienced talcum powder cancer attorney in Illinois to properly interpret this complex area of law.

Illinois Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits – Baby Powder Cancer Claims in Illinois

Illinois women diagnosed with ovarian or other cancers have usually shown years of history using J&J baby powder for feminine hygiene purposes. They could be entitled to compensation in an Illinois talcum powder cancer lawsuit. As of 2019, J&J faced 14,000 personal injury claims stating their products can cause ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. Johnson & Johnson continues to deny that its products contain asbestos or cause cancer. It has been successful in beating back some lawsuits, such as one that went to the Missouri Supreme Court ( and having cases overturned, but it continues to be on the losing end in many decisions.

Many Illinois women are filing Illinois talcum powder cancer lawsuits against the healthcare giant. As we noted above, one decision netted the plaintiff $29 million for her mesothelioma caused by talcum powder inhalation.

Baby Powder Cancer Compensation for Illinoisians

If you file an Illinois personal injury lawsuit against J&J for your baby powder cancer, you can get a large verdict or settlement if your attorney can prove that the company’s negligence led to your illness. You may win money for medical bills, lost past and future wages, and pain and suffering compensation.

To speak to one of our attorneys at the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. who handle Illinois baby powder lawsuits, fill out our simple online contact form or call us directly.

Illinois Talcum Powder Lawsuits Are Not Class Actions!

People who file baby powder cancer lawsuits wonder if their case will get sucked into a class action suit that nets them little compensation. No. Our Illinois attorneys handling these cases assure you that your case could get you substantial compensation and is not a class action lawsuit. Some settlements for talcum powder cancer can get into the billions. In one case in Missouri, 22 litigants won $4.7 billion, claiming J&J baby powder caused the women’s ovarian cancer.  (

Illinois baby powder lawsuits are built to hold Johnson & Johnson and others liable for putting money and the bottom line over human lives. If the company had warned the public that their products could contain asbestos, lives could have been saved. It is possible your lawsuit could be consolidated into multidistrict litigation or MDL, but you will still be able to recover plenty of compensation if your attorney can establish J&J corporate negligence.

Illinois Talcum Powder Cancer FAQs

Some of the most common questions we hear about Illinois baby powder cancer cases including these:

Who can file a personal injury lawsuit in Illinois?

Any Illinois citizen who has been diagnosed with cancer who used baby powder regularly can file a lawsuit. You also can file on behalf of an immediate family member in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

How much do I have to pay upfront to have you review my Illinois legal claim?

Nothing. Our talcum powder cancer attorneys review these cases at no cost to our potential clients.

How would I know my ovarian cancer may have come from using baby powder?

Any woman in Illinois with ovarian cancer who used talcum powder products for significant periods on their genitals is at elevated risk to get cancer. The risk can be as much as 40% higher than those who did not use such products.

What’s this all really going to cost me if I file and win an Illinois talcum powder lawsuit?

If we win your case, we take a 33% contingency fee from your award. But if we lose, you pay nothing. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by filing suit.

No Fees Unless We Win – Contingency Representation for Illinois Residents

Our talcum powder cancer attorneys at Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. provide legal services to anyone in Illinois in a talcum powder cancer lawsuit on a contingency fee payment structure. You are charged nothing unless we gain compensation for you. Please contact one of our Illinois personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation.

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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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