J&J Ordered to Pay $4.7 Billion in Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit
Most Americans are familiar with Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder. Americans have used this popular cosmetic product for all sorts of personal hygiene purposes for more than a century. But in recent times, a dark side of J&J’s popular product has been exposed.
Scientific evidence has shown there could be a connection between using baby powder on the female genitals and ovarian cancer. Some victims also get mesothelioma, which is a highly lethal cancer affecting the lung lining. It appears that some raw talc sourced by J&J may have been laced with small amounts of asbestos, a known human carcinogen.
Because of the possible link between baby powder and cancer, Maryland women have been filing personal injury and product liability lawsuits against the consumer healthcare giant. In some lawsuits, juries have awarded suffering plaintiffs millions of dollars in compensation.
$4.7 Billion Verdict a Devastating Blow Against J&J
For instance, in 2018, J&J was ordered by a St. Louis jury to pay $4.7 billion in 22 women and their loved ones who claimed asbestos in the firm’s baby powder caused them to get ovarian cancer. The jury in a Missouri state court awarded the 22 litigants $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $500 million in other damages. The women blamed the company for not warning them about ovarian cancer risks by using its body and baby powder products. This was the biggest judgment against J&J to date, although the company vowed to appeal. (NYTimes.com)
The huge $4.7 billion verdict was a major public relations debacle for Johnson & Johnson. The more verdicts of this size are decided, the more lawsuits will be filed. Now J&J is facing at least 13,000 more personal injury lawsuits stating their baby powder causes ovarian cancer. In another case in 2017, another Missouri jury ordered J&J to pay $110 million to a Virginia woman with ovarian cancer and used baby powder for 40 years. (CBSNews.com)
These cases make it clear that juries are holding J&J responsible for not warning the public or the government that some of their raw talc could contain asbestos and cause cancer. J&J routinely maintains its products are safe, but juries are rejecting this claim.
Talcum powder cancer lawsuits are becoming more popular in Maryland. Most of the cases intend to show a possible link between using talcum powder on the genitals and developing ovarian cancer, or less often, mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a horrible cancer of the lung lining that is almost always fatal and extremely painful in the late stages.
Our baby powder cancer attorneys in Maryland think J&J needs to answer for misleading Americans about the safety of its baby powder and related products. Evidence has come to light that some baby powder may have contained asbestos and caused cancer in innocent people. If you lived in Maryland and were a user of baby powder and got cancer, you may want to speak about a possible legal case. Call us at the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. today.
Is There a Connection Between Talcum Powder and Cancer?
Ovarian cancer affects approximately 1 in 75 women in their lifetime, but there is a higher risk for women who use baby powder on a daily basis – up to a 30% higher risk. This several thousand more women every year are getting ovarian cancer potentially because of using baby powder. (center4research.org)
Also, it is important to understand where talc occurs in nature, asbestos is often present. When the company mines for talc, it must ensure that mineral is completely separated from any surrounding asbestos. Evidence that has come out in trials indicates some of the talc that J&J mined might have contained trace amounts of asbestos. It is debatable how much asbestos is required to be present for cancer to occur, but some traces of asbestos have been found in some raw talc processed by the firm.
The danger of asbestos lurking in raw talc has been known for years. That is why the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrances Association released voluntary guidelines stating that all talc products used in consumer products in American must be 99.9% free of asbestos. (AJPH.org)
But J&J and other talcum powder-related companies often pushed for less stringent standards at just 99.5%. While this does not sound like a big difference, it does mean billions more bits of asbestos could be present in the processed talc that makes its way into J&J Baby Powder.
Further, laboratory tests the company ran in the 70s probably were less sensitive about asbestos presence than tests today. That is why company documents that go back decades stated J&J officials knew some of its tests did test positive for asbestos. (Medpagetoday.com)
Maryland Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuits
Women in Maryland who relied on J&J talcum powder for their personal hygiene routine could file a personal injury lawsuit if they have cancer. Such lawsuits are gaining legal heft as proof is being found that the company knew some talc it used could contain asbestos.
According to Reuters in 2018, a review of thousands of corporate documents at trial indicated that J&J officials were aware there was some amount of asbestos in some lots of raw talc. This was going on in the 1970s into the early 2000s. Company executives could never decide what to do about it, and decided to stay silent about the cancer risk. (Reuters.com)
Maryland Talcum Powder Lawsuit FAQs
Our attorneys have handled some major talcum powder cancer cases in Maryland, holding J&J accountable for their failure to warn the public about dangers of cancer lurking in its baby powder. If you want to file a lawsuit against the company, this page will provide you with helpful information.
We offer this information to the public because many Marylanders who used baby powder on their bodies and got cancer have many questions. For example, many do not know that they do not need to pay upfront legal costs to file a personal injury lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. But if you file a claim with our Maryland law office, you need not pay anything. Our lawyers get paid by a contingency fee at the end of the case. This typically is 33% of whatever monies are awarded. If we lose, you pay nothing to us.
Maryland Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuits – Why File?
If you have cancer caused by baby powder exposure, you almost certainly have tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. You probably have not worked for months, and are enduring pain and suffering and total loss of your quality of life. If J&J knew its products could do this to you and hid it, they should pay.
Today there are more than 13,000 lawsuits against J&J on this matter across the country. Case details vary widely, but generally, plaintiffs argue they got cancer from using baby powder on their bodies for many years. J&J knew of the risk but provided no warning label. J&J says there is no risk, but juries frequently disagree.
Get Compensated for Your Cancer Pain and Suffering
Do you want to file a baby powder cancer lawsuit in Maryland? Reach out to the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. We may get you the compensation you need to pay your medical bills and provide for your family again.
We Are Not Filing Class Action Lawsuits
Class action lawsuits result in little compensation for anyone but the attorneys on the case. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against J&J could result in compensation for you in the millions of dollars if we can establish a link between your cancer and their baby powder.
Maryland Talcum Powder Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common questions and answers about these lawsuits.
What is the statute of limitations to file a product liability or personal injury lawsuit in Maryland?
Your time to file your lawsuit against J&J in Maryland has time limits. You have three years from the date of your diagnosis to file your claim. So it is important to talk to an attorney soon so that the case can be handled before critical deadlines pass.
Who can file a personal injury lawsuit against J&J in Maryland?
Assuming you the plaintiff is in decent health and still living, you can file the claim. But if you are deceased, OR you are too ill to file it, your direct loved ones can file it, including your husband, wife, partner or children.
Isn’t it hard to prove a strong link between my cancer and using J&J Baby Powder?
Each case is different, and some juries see the connection and others do not. But remember, there is plenty of evidence suggesting a connection, such as those corporate memos admitting there was asbestos in some raw talc. Also, the legal standard to win compensation is not beyond a reasonable doubt as in a criminal case. Our attorneys just need to convince the jury of the possibility of a link and you can win your case.
You Pay Nothing Unless We Win – File Your Maryland Talcum Powder Lawsuit Today
The law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C and its Maryland attorney will offer you aggressive legal representation against Johnson & Johnson so you can get the compensation you desperately need to deal with your cancer diagnosis. Please contact our offices today for a free consultation on your talcum powder cancer case.
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