Michigan Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

By - July 1, 2019
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 J&J Loses Baby Powder Cancer Case – Must Pay $25 Million

Modern research is in and it shows that when women in Michigan use talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes, they may get ovarian cancer and maybe other types of cancer too. That is why some Michigan women have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, claiming their famous Baby Powder caused their cancer because it was tainted with asbestos, a dangerous human carcinogen.

In a major 2019 court case, J&J had to pay $25 million to a woman who got the terrible cancer mesothelioma from using baby powder for decades. Mesothelioma can only be caused by exposure to asbestos. There is evidence that some of the company’s baby powder can be contaminated with asbestos. (bloomberg.com).

In the aforementioned case, J&J was held legally responsible for baby powder leading to the plaintiff’s cancer. The jury held that J&J failed to give warnings to the public that baby powder may cause cancer. The jury refused to believe what J&J said about its products not causing cancer and not ever containing asbestos. Internal documents revealed during the trial showed J&J was well aware some of its raw talc from the US and Italy sometimes did test positive for asbestos. Further, testing for trace contaminants in its raw talc could not always detect dangerous traces of asbestos.

There are many talcum powder lawsuits being filed by outraged women and families in Michigan that aim to get J&J to pay cancer victims for their pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages. These lawsuits all claim the same thing: J&J knew its products might cause cancer but decided to hide this face from consumers and the government.

Science Shows Women Can Get Cancers from Talcum Powder

People in Michigan have lost faith in Johnson & Johnson as science shows that using products with baby powder on the female genitals may cause ovarian cancer. It is also possible that people can breathe in talcum powder particles mixed with asbestos, and this can cause mesothelioma.

Regarding, ovarian cancer, research suggests that one out of 75 American women will get ovarian cancer during their lives. This amounts to 1% or so of the American female population. But recent research indicates using baby powder on the female genitals can heighten this risk by 30%. If a Michigan woman uses baby powder on her genitals, this can boost her chances of cancer of the ovaries by almost .5%. So, it is possible that several thousand more women per year may get ovarian cancer from using baby powder on their genitals. (center4research.org)

Michigan Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits

Michigan women who suffer from ovarian cancer or mesothelioma and often used Johnson & Johnson baby powder may consider filing a Michigan personal injury lawsuit against the healthcare giant. There is a lot of evidence that J&J was aware for years that its talcum powder-based products could lead to cancer if used enough. Reuters this year did a study of thousands of Johnson & Johnson company documents that reveal some disturbing facts.

The Reuters report revealed J&J knew for three decades that some of its raw talc from Italy and the US occasionally tested positive for asbestos traces. We know for certain that asbestos exposure in humans can cause various cancers, including mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.

Worse, J&J employees, such as high level managers and executives, were aware of the problem but never informed FDA or the public. (Reuters.com)

Michigan Talcum Powder Lawsuit FAQs

Our Michigan baby powder cancer lawyers have won major settlements and verdicts for Michigan victims of talcum powder-related cancer. On this website, you will discover the information you need to know if you want to file a personal injury lawsuit in Michigan against Johnson & Johnson.

For example, many Michigan residents wonder what it costs to file this type of lawsuit? Most personal injury attorneys, including ours, have no legal fees for you to file a claim. You only would pay out of the proceeds you win in a settlement or a verdict. This is called a contingency fee. If your attorney loses your case, you do not pay a dime.

Michigan Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer

Michigan women who have been diagnosed with cancer have shown in some cases that they used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder for years. They could be entitled to a large amount of compensation in a Michigan lawsuit, if their attorney can show it is likely that using the product may have contributed to their cancer diagnosis.

As of this year, there were at least 13,000 lawsuits pending against J&J for its products possibly causing cancer in American women, including some living in Michigan. Most litigants say using their baby powder for years caused them to get ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. J&J, naturally, denies its baby powder products can cause cancer. They also deny their raw talc ever contained asbestos.

Still, Michigan women are not buying it, and are filing personal injury lawsuits against the healthcare giant. As noted at the top of this page, a recent talcum powder cancer lawsuit netted the plaintiff $25 million for baby powder leading to her mesothelioma.

Baby Powder Cancer Compensation for Michigan Residents

If you decide to file a Michigan personal injury claim against J&J for causing your mesothelioma or ovarian cancer, you could get money for your medical costs, pain and suffering and lost earnings. Our Michigan talcum powder cancer attorneys know this complex area of the law well. We are pleased to provide a free legal case review for those with a cancer diagnosis who used J&J products for their daily feminine hygiene.

To talk to one of our Michigan attorneys, contact the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. Complete our contact form, or give us a call today.

Michigan Talcum Powder Lawsuits Are Not Class Actions

It is not unusual for Michigan cancer victims to think their lawsuit may only net them a small amount of money, as is common in a class action lawsuit. But if you file a claim with us in Michigan, this is not a class action lawsuit. Your legal claim can result in a lot of compensation for the pain and suffering you are enduring with your cancer. Some settlements against J&J can lead to millions in compensation. Recently a jury in Missouri ruled that 22 litigants were entitled to $4.7 billion after they showed J&J’s baby powder caused their ovarian cancer. (Nytimes.com)

Michigan baby powder lawsuits intend to make J&J liable for trying to earn money for their shareholders over protecting human health. The company did not warn the public about the dangers of baby powder containing asbestos. Some Michigan talcum powder lawsuits might be consolidated into MDL or multidistrict litigation. This is simply a legal process that lets similar lawsuits be completed at once. This process can lead to faster compensation but it in no way means that you will end up getting less money if the jury finds in your favor.

Michigan Baby Powder Cancer FAQs

Below are frequent questions we get about talcum powder lawsuits in Michigan. If you have more questions, please contact the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C.

Who can file a Michigan personal injury cancer lawsuit?

Anyone who lives in Michigan who has a cancer diagnosis of the ovaries or mesothelioma and was a user of baby powder often can file a personal injury lawsuit. Also, if you are a direct family member of a person with this diagnosis, you also can file.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit in Michigan?

You have two years from the date of injury OR diagnosis to file a personal injury claim. This is not much time, so talk to the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. as soon as possible.

How much will I pay to have an attorney in Michigan look at my case?

Our Michigan attorneys review your case for free. Please reach out to us with our online form or call us.

How would I know I have a greater risk of getting ovarian cancer from using baby powder?

Any Michigan woman who used J&J baby powder for years on their genitals could be at greater risk for mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Research shows that using talcum powder in this way increases cancer risk by at least 30%.

You Pay Nothing Unless We Win – Contingency Representation for Michigan Residents

Our baby powder cancer lawyers at Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. offer excellent legal representation for residents of Michigan who has a cancer diagnosis and was a user of J&J baby powder. You will not pay any legal fees unless we win your case. Please contact one of our Michigan personal injury attorneys now for a free review of your case.


Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer. (2018). Retrieved from http://www.center4research.org/talcum-powder-ovarian-cancer/

J&J Special Report: J&J Knew for Decades That Asbestos Lurked in Its Baby Powder. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-johnson-johnson-cancer-special-report/special-report-jj-knew-for-decades-that-asbestos-lurked-in-its-baby-powder-idUSKBN1OD1RQ

J&J Loses $25 Million NY Talc Verdict. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-21/johnson-johnson-loses-25-million-new-york-talc-verdict

J&J Told to Pay $4.7 Billion in Lawsuit. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/12/business/johnson-johnson-talcum-powder.html

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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