Ohio Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

By - July 9, 2019
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Mesothelioma Sufferer Wins $10 Million Verdict Against J&J and Colgate

In the last few years, scientific evidence has accumulated showing that the use of talcum-powder based products on the female genitals regularly may lead to ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. Ohio women who have cancer after using baby powder products from Johnson & Johnson and/or other companies have been filing personal injury and product liability lawsuits, sometimes winning large amounts of compensation.

There have been many personal injury and product liability lawsuits going against J&J and other healthcare product companies in recent years. For example, in June 2019, a California jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff who blamed her mesothelioma on talc-based products containing asbestos that were made by Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive. Asbestos is a known human carcinogen, and there is strong evidence that J&J was aware its product could contain traces of asbestos as far back as the 1970s.

The plaintiff, Patricia Schmitz, won $4.8 million in damages from both companies. She claimed she developed mesothelioma – a deadly cancer of the lung lining – after using Baby Powder made by Johnson & Johnson as well as Cashmere Bouquet by Colgate. (CNBC.com)

This ruling was another major legal setback for Johnson & Johnson. The company, which makes consumer products from baby powder to Tylenol to Aveeno lotions, is confronted with at least 13,000 talc-related lawsuits. Earlier in 2019, the company also was ordered to pay punitive damages of $300 million to a New York woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on J&J products.

In the aforementioned lawsuits, juries generally believed that J&J was negligent because it failed to offer warnings to the public that products made from talcum powder may cause cancer. J&J always denies in these legal proceedings that any of its talc-based products cause cancer, but juries are often skeptical.

Talcum powder cancer lawsuits have become common in Ohio and other states. The purpose of these lawsuits is to prove a connection between the use of baby powder on the female genitals and cancer. These are good people who trusted Johnson & Johnson to make Baby Powder that was pure and free of any contaminants. But several of the lawsuits have shown J&J knew that some of its raw talc could have small traces of asbestos. Yet they kept on making products from such talc without telling the public of the danger.

Our Ohio talcum powder cancer attorneys think J&J has let down the American public. Any woman who used baby powder from J&J for her daily female hygiene and got ovarian cancer may want to talk to an attorney about legal action, such as filing a personal injury or product liability lawsuit.

The Baby Powder and Cancer Connection

Baby powder is made primarily of talc, the softest mineral on earth. The problem with talc is that it often exists in the earth and can occur in the same deposits as asbestos, a related silicate. So, it is possible that some raw talc can be contaminated with this known human carcinogen. Because of this risk, a trade association representing cosmetic and personal care product companies established guidelines stating that any products for consumers made from talc should not contain asbestos.

However, laboratory tests vary in determining if talc contains minute amounts of asbestos. Some of these tests are highly sensitive, but not all of them are. Court documents in some J&J lawsuits showed that many tests the company ran were negative for asbestos, but sometimes there were positive tests too. It is believed that even small amounts of asbestos contamination can cause cancer in some people. And J&J clearly tried to cover up reports that its products may have ever contained asbestos. (Medpagetoday.com)

Ohio Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits

Ohio women who were regular users of J&J Baby Powder for their feminine hygiene needs could benefit from filing a product liability or personal injury lawsuit against the healthcare giant. The reason: There is documented evidence that J&J knew some of its raw talc could test positive for asbestos but did not do anything about it.

At the end of 2018, Reuters released a Special Report that proven Johnson & Johnson was aware its products might contain asbestos. The time period in question was from the early 1970s until the early 2000s. This was a fact confirmed in company tests but J&J never told FDA or the public. The examination by the media company of thousands of J&J internal documents prove that doctors, company executives and scientists knew asbestos was present in some lots of raw talc. They never did anything about it, either because they thought the risk was negligible or the release of this information was bad for the company. (Reuters.com)

Ohio Talcum Powder Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions

Our Ohio talcum powder cancer attorneys know how to win major verdicts and settlements for people who have cancer from using products made by Johnson & Johnson. This website gives you important information if you are considering legal action in Ohio against J&J.

Many people who have long used baby powder for their feminine hygiene come to this page with a lot of questions. Many of them ask if they have to pay money upfront to file a product liability lawsuit in Ohio. At the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C., we use a contingency fee compensation system. If we win money for you in a settlement or verdict, we are compensated from that award. The typical contingency fee is 33% of whatever you win at settlement or during the trial.

Ohio Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuits

Ohio women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer have been able to show the court that they used baby powder for years on their genitals from the period when raw talc from J&J may have contained asbestos. If it can be shown there is a possible link between the product and the person’s cancer, the plaintiff may win a high level of compensation.

Right now, there are at least 13k baby powder cancer lawsuits pending in various state and federal courts. All of them claim that using baby powder caused them to get either ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. J&J always denies the possibility, but major verdicts continue to pour in, including the $10 million verdict highlighted at the top of this page.

Get Compensated in Ohio for Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer

If you file a product liability or personal injury lawsuit in Ohio, you could receive millions of dollars in compensation to cover your outrageous medical bills, lost earnings, plus get financial coverage for your pain and suffering. Our lawyers at the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C.can help you win compensation for talcum powder cancer, if you have a strong case. Call us immediately for a free consultation.

An Ohio Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Is Not a Class Action Lawsuit

Ohioans ask if their product liability or personal injury lawsuit could become part of a large class-action lawsuit; these types of suits usually mean plaintiffs get little compensation. But if you file a claim with our office and we think you have a strong case, you stand a good chance of winning a lot of compensation to pay your medical bills. The amount of money can vary, but in some cases, it is huge.

For instance, a Missouri verdict in 2018 against Johnson & Johnson resulted in $4.7 billion for 22 women who got ovarian cancer from using baby powder. The judge on the case refused to overturn the verdict. (AP.com)

Ohio Baby Powder Cancer FAQs

Below are some of the most frequent questions we hear about filing baby powder cancer lawsuits. Contact our Ohio law office for more information.

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

Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10 states these lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of the injury or diagnosis.

Who can file a personal injury or product liability claim in Ohio?

You or a direct family member, such as a husband or child, can file a personal injury or product liability lawsuit if you have a cancer diagnosis and can prove a history of using baby powder.

The proof that links using talcum powder to cancer seems mixed. How can I prove my case in court?

Remember in a product liability lawsuit, you do not need to prove your case beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a civil court trial, and you only need to prove to the jury that the preponderance of the evidence shows the baby powder may be linked to your cancer.

You Pay Nothing Unless We Win – File Your Ohio Lawsuit Now

Our talcum powder cancer attorneys at the law offices of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. can offer you strong legal representation against the healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson and can help you get compensation for your baby powder cancer. Please contact us now for a free case review.


J&J and Colgate Must Pay At Least $10 Million to Cancer Sufferer. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/12/jj-colgate-ordered-to-pay-nearly-10-million-in-california-talc-case.html

Judge Refuses to Overturn $4.7 Billion Verdict Against J&J. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.apnews.com/4fca02659e41423aa847a46b59f11847

J&J Loses Bid to Have $4.7 Billion Talc Verdict Set Aside. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-johnson-johnson-cancer/jj-loses-bid-to-have-4-7-billion-talc-verdict-set-aside-vows-to-appeal-idUSKCN1OI27P

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

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

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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