New Jersey Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

By - July 9, 2019
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Jury Awards Virginia Woman $110 Million in Johnson & Johnson Cancer Lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson’s famous Baby Powder has been getting many negative headlines in recent years as scientific evidence is being revealed there could be a connection between heavy use of talcum powder on the female genitals and ovarian cancer. New Jersey women who have used talcum powder-based products from J&J and other companies are filing personal injury and product liability lawsuits, and in some cases, are winning millions of dollars in compensation from the healthcare giant for their pain and suffering.

For example, in 2017, a St. Louis jury awarded Louis Slemp from Virginia $110 million for J&J Baby Powder allegedly causing her ovarian cancer. Slemp was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, and blamed her disease on the use of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder for more than 40 years on her genitals. The cancer spread to her liver and she was too sick to be at the trial. (

This verdict was yet another major legal setback for J&J. The company – the manufacturer of many consumer products from baby powder to cosmetics to Tylenol, is now facing at least 13,000 lawsuits related to the talc it uses in its baby powder, which plaintiffs claim is tainted with asbestos and can cause cancer. In another big case, J&J had to pay $300 million in punitive damages to a woman in New York claiming baby powder caused her ovarian cancer. (

In all of these lawsuits, juries have generally found that J&J was reckless and negligent because it did not provide any warnings to consumers that its baby powder products may contain asbestos and cause cancer. J&J issues denials, but juries do not seem to buy their claims.

In the last several years, talcum powder cancer lawsuits are becoming common in New Jersey and neighboring states. These lawsuits intend to show a connection between using baby powder for feminine hygiene and cancer. People who used baby powder for years on their bodies trusted J&J to produce a good, safe product, and have been betrayed.

Several product liability lawsuits have shown that the company knew some raw talc from Italy and the eastern US had measurable traces of asbestos. Yet, they continued to produce talcum powder-based products without warning the public or the US government of possible dangers.

Our New Jersey baby powder cancer lawyers believe Johnson & Johnson has failed the American public by continuing to produce products that can cause ovarian cancer and mesothelioma in some women. If you live in New Jersey and were a regular user of baby powder and got cancer, it is recommended to speak to a licensed attorney about filing a product liability or personal injury lawsuit.

The Connection Between Baby Powder and Cancer

Talcum powder in baby powder is derived from talc, a very soft mineral comprised of magnesium, silicon and oxygen. In natural deposits, some talc contains asbestos. It is possible for some Johnson & Johnson talcum powder to contain traces of asbestos. That is why in 1976, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrances Association or CTFA, wrote voluntary guidelines stating that talc used in US cosmetic products needs to be free of all traces of asbestos. (

But lab tests vary in their accuracy in determining if a talc sample contains very small levels of asbestos. Some tests are highly sensitive, but not every one. Also, tests that J&J ran years ago varied in their sensitivity and it seems likely that some talcum powder it produced decades ago probably contained small amounts of asbestos. Internal memos as far back as the 1970s from J&J were revealed in court and showed the company was aware of some positive tests for asbestos in its talc. (

New Jersey Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits

New Jersey women who used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder on their genitals may be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit against the company. There is now documented proof the company knew some talc it used could contain asbestos.

This fact was revealed at the end of 2018 when Reuters wrote a special report that proved J&J knew about asbestos in its talc. The time period when this occurred was from 1970 until the 2000s. This was confirmed with some J&J lab tests but the company never revealed this information to FDA or consumers. The thorough examination of J&J internal documents by Reuters showed what the company knew and when they knew it. Why they chose to do nothing is unclear; they may have wrongly believed the cancer risk was very low, or they feared the PR damage. (

New Jersey Talcum Powder Lawsuit FAQs

Our New Jersey talcum powder cancer lawyers have won big verdicts and settlements for victims of cancer at the hands of Johnson & Johnson’s corporate negligence. This site provides important information if you are considering a lawsuit in New Jersey against Johnson & Johnson.

A lot of people who used baby powder for years on their genitals come to our site with many questions. A big question is: What do I have to pay to file a personal injury or product liability lawsuit against J&J? At the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C., you pay nothing. We get paid by contingency fee. If we win you money, we get compensated from what you win – typically 33%.

New Jersey Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuits

Women in New Jersey who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer who can prove they used baby powder for years may be able to win compensation to pay for their massive medical bills, not to mention their terrible pain and suffering.

Today, there are 13,000 talcum powder cancer lawsuits going on in state and federal court around the US, including New Jersey. The details vary, but generally, they claim the plaintiffs’ use of baby powder led to their cancer. J&J denies it happened, but big verdicts continue to make headlines, such as the $110 million decision mentioned above.

Get Money in New Jersey for Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer

If you want to file suit in New Jersey, you may receive a lot of compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering. Our lawyers at the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. will work tirelessly to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call our office today for a complimentary consultation.

Your Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Is Not a Class Action Lawsuit

If you file a lawsuit in New Jersey against Johnson & Johnson, you may worry that your suit could become part of a class action lawsuit where the payout is very low. This is not true. If you file a claim with our law office, your case will stand on its own and if you win, you could receive a lot of money. How much will vary, but it can be massive in some lawsuits.

Another case in Missouri netted 22 litigants $4.7 billion in damages who each said they got ovarian cancer from using baby powder on their genitals. (

New Jersey Baby Powder Cancer FAQs

Do you have questions about filing a talcum powder lawsuit? Here are some of the most common questions we receive:

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

You have two years in this state, according to N.J. Stat. 2A:1402(a) to file a personal injury or product liability claim, from the date of injury or diagnosis.

Who can file a legal claim in New Jersey?

You can file the claim against J&J yourself, or a direct family member, such as mother, father, husband, wife or child can file for you.

How easy is it to prove that using talcum powder on my body causes cancer?

The legal standard of proof in these cases is not ‘beyond a reasonable doubt.’ This is a civil, not criminal case. You only are required to show the jury that there may be a link between J&J baby powder and your cancer.

Don’t Pay A Dime Unless We Win! File Your New Jersey J&J Lawsuit Today

At the law offices of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C., we provide our clients with strong legal representation against J&J. We can help you get the compensation you deserve for your talcum powder cancer case. Please contact our law office 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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