Massachusetts Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

By - July 11, 2019
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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $4.7 Billion for Women’s Ovarian Cancer

Most of us are familiar with the iconic Baby Powder from Johnson & Johnson. It has been a staple in millions of American homes for at least a century. But in the past five years, the once pristine image of J&J Baby Powder has been tainted with scandal.

Evidence is growing that there may be a strong link between using J&J Baby Powder and ovarian cancer because some raw talc the company used in the past was tainted with asbestos – a known human carcinogen. Evidence also has come to light that the company knew of the cancer danger and hid it from the public for decades.

Because of this potential deadly link, Massachusetts women have filed many personal injury lawsuits against J&J. In some of these legal actions, cancer-suffering plaintiffs have been awarded millions in damages.

$4.7 Billion Verdict for 22 Women Suffering from Ovarian Cancer

The biggest verdict to date occurred in 2018 when the healthcare company was ordered to pay to 22 women more than $4.5 billion dollars and their families who claimed the company’s baby powder causes ovarian cancer. The Missouri-based jury said the company did not provide enough public warnings that their products could cause cancer if used on the female genitals for long periods of time. (Marketwatch.com)

The massive verdict has been a major legal headache for J&J. The more these verdicts are announced, the more people decide to file personal injury lawsuits. Today, J&J faces thousands of lawsuits over the safety of its products that contain talcum powder. Another major decision against the company came in 2017 when it was told to pay $110 million to a woman in Virginia who had ovarian cancer from using baby powder for four decades. (CBSNews.com)

These baby powder cancer lawsuits are evidence that juries are finding J&J liable for failing to warn consumers about the risks that some raw talc contained asbestos in the past and could cause some types of cancer. The company always claims its products are completely safe, but juries are finding otherwise.

As in many states, women suffering from ovarian cancer due to baby powder use are filing personal injury lawsuits in Massachusetts against J&J. Most of these personal injury and product liability lawsuits are built to show a potential link between the use of talcum powder on the female genitals and ovarian cancer. In a few cases, women have developed mesothelioma, a devastating cancer of the lung lining that has a very poor prognosis.

As baby powder cancer attorneys in Massachusetts, we believe it is proper for J&J to be held accountable for misleading the public about its baby powder. Evidence has been shown that some of its talcum powder may have contained small amounts of asbestos. If you reside in Massachusetts, used baby powder for years and have cancer, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. Call us at the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. today.

What Is the Link Between Baby Powder and Cancer?

National statistics indicate that one in 75 women will get ovarian cancer. But studies tell us there is a greater risk for women who use talcum powder on the genitals – possibly a 30% higher risk. Thousands of more women per year could be getting ovarian cancer from using baby powder. (center4research.org).

It is unsurprising that talcum powder could contain small levels of asbestos, especially years ago. When talc is mined, it often exists in the ground close to asbestos deposits. Evidence has shown that some talc from years ago did contain small amounts of asbestos. It is hard to determine the level of asbestos that must be present for a person to get cancer, but any amount is really too much.

That is the reason the Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrances Association in the mid-1970s issued guidelines for talc products, stating any consumer products containing the mineral should be 99.9% free of asbestos. (AJPH.org)

Unsurprisingly, J&J and other companies that use talc wanted laxer standards at just 99.5% pure. While this sounds like a minor thing, it means talc could contain much higher levels of asbestos and still be used in consumer products.

Massachusetts Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuits

Massachusetts women who depended on J&J baby powder for their daily hygiene needs may be able to file a lawsuit if they have developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. These lawsuits are becoming more successful as evidence is uncovered that the firm knew some of its talc tested positive for asbestos.

A Reuters review in 2018 of thousand of J&J internal documents showed company officials knew some talc it mined had asbestos in it. This was occurring until the early 2000s. Company executives, doctors and scientists never could agree on how to address the issue, so they never did. (Reuters.com)

Massachusetts Talcum Powder Lawsuit FAQs

Our Massachusetts personal injury attorneys have worked on many baby powder cancer cases, and we are proud to hold J&J to task for not warning consumers about the dangers of asbestos in their baby powder. If you have cancer and are considering legal action, this page provides information you should know.

This information is provided to Massachusetts women because many women in this state used baby powder for decades on their bodies and were diagnosed with cancers. They want answers and should have them.

For instance, many people are unaware there are no legal fees upfront to file a personal injury lawsuit against the consumer healthcare giant J&J. Our attorneys, if they win the case, are paid a 33% contingency fee at the end of the settlement or trial. If we do not win, you do not pay.

Why File a Massachusetts Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit?

Did you use baby powder for years and receive an ovarian cancer diagnosis? You probably have high medical bills and have been out of work for months. Financial survival may be extremely difficult. Plus, you have the physical and emotional pain and suffering that comes with a cancer diagnosis. If the company knew its baby powder could cause cancer, they should compensate you.

Get Payment for Your Pain and Suffering from Ovarian Cancer

Reach out to the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. if you have ovarian cancer and used baby powder. It is possible to obtain the compensation that you need to pay your bills.

We Do Not Participate in Class Action Lawsuits

When you file a baby powder cancer lawsuit, you are not part of a class action. Class action lawsuits have their place, but they seldom result in a high amount of compensation for individual plaintiffs. If we can show a link between your cancer and J&J baby powder, a jury could award you potentially millions of dollars.

Massachusetts Talcum Powder FAQs

Below are some of the common questions we hear about filing a personal injury lawsuit against J&J:

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

You have three years to file a personal injury or product liability lawsuit in this state. If you used baby powder years ago beyond the statute of limitations, the ‘clock’ begins to run on the date you became aware of your cancer, such as your day of diagnosis by a doctor.

Who may file a personal injury lawsuit in Massachusetts?

You can file it yourself. Or, if you are too ill or deceased, your direct family members can file it, including partners, husbands, wives and children.

How easy is it to prove J&J baby powder caused my cancer?

This is a civil not criminal case, and we do not have to prove your case beyond a reasonable doubt. We just need to convince a jury there could be a possible link between your cancer and J&J baby powder. This has been done in many trials in the past, and people have won millions in compensation. It could happen to you, as well.

You Will Not Pay Unless We Win – File Your Massachusetts Talcum Powder Lawsuit Today

The law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C and its Massachusetts attorneys provide strong legal representation against Johnson & Johnson so you can get the compensation you need for you and your family. Please contact our offices today for a complimentary consultation on your talcum powder cancer case.

References

J&J Earnings – Wall Street Still Optimistic Despite Company’s Legal Issues. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.marketwatch.com/story/jj-earnings-preview-wall-street-is-still-optimistic-despite-companys-legal-issues-2019-07-10

J&J Hit With $110 Million Verdict. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/johnson-johnson-110-million-verdict-biggest-yet-talcum-powder-lawsuit/

Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.center4research.org/talcum-powder-ovarian-cancer/

US Senator Asks J&J for Documents on Talcum Powder Safety. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-johnson-johnson-talc/u-s-senator-asks-jj-for-documents-on-talc-baby-powder-safety-idUSKCN1PN2F6

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

Talcum Powder Overview. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.medpagetoday.com/blogs/revolutionandrevelation/77325

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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