Tennessee Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

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Johnson & Johnson, Colgate Lose Talc Powder Lawsuit – Must Pay $10 Million in Damages

In the past decade, medical evidence has shown that using talcum powder-based products in the female genital area on a regular basis may  lead to ovarian cancer, and occasionally mesothelioma. Tennessee women suffering from cancer after using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder are outraged and have filed personal injury lawsuits against J&J and other healthcare companies.

There have been ample product liability lawsuits going against Johnson & Johnson this year. In June 2019, Johnson & Johnson and Colegate Palmolive were ordered to pay almost $10 million to a woman in California who said the products of both companies caused her to develop mesothelioma. This is a terrible, nearly always terminal cancer of the lung lining. It is rarely diagnosed until the later stages when it is almost impossible to breathe. It is likely the woman used talcum powder on her genitals for years, and breathed in talcum powder tainted with traces of asbestos – a known human carcinogen. (Foxbusiness.com)

The state court in California determined that each healthcare company should pay $4.8 million in damages to Patricia Schmitz. Avon Products also was found liable for $2.5 million.

This baby powder cancer case is just one of thousands of court cases that producers of talcum powder-based products are dealing with. Johnson & Johnson alone has 14,000 lawsuits against it in Tennessee and many other states. Generally, plaintiffs maintain that baby powder and other products like it can cause cancer when it contains asbestos, which it has been proven can occur in some cases. Johnson & Johnson vehemently denies its products ever contained the human carcinogen, but internal company documents that have been revealed in court say otherwise.

In the above $10 million verdict, the jury believed that Johnson & Johnson was negligent because it did not provide warnings to consumers that its baby powder products could contain asbestos and may cause cancer. J&J as always said that its products do not contain asbestos, but the jury did not buy this either.

Talcum powder cancer lawsuits are popping up around Tennessee and other states. The purpose of these lawsuits is to obtain compensation for people who trusted Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder to be pure and good for them, but they ended up getting cancer. The lawsuits maintain J&J and other companies knew full well that some lots of raw talc could contain traces of asbestos but they continued to make products from them without warning the public or government.

Our Tennessee talcum powder cancer lawyers believe J&J and other healthcare companies such as Palmolive have abused the trust of the citizens of this state. Anyone who used baby powder for a significant period and got cancer should consider filing a product liability lawsuit

The Connection Between Baby Powder Use and Cancer

Baby powder is made from talc, one of the softest minerals on earth. Talc and asbestos both are silicates that occur in the same deposits in nature. It is possible that raw talc can be contaminated with asbestos. Because of the possibility of contamination, a trade association for cosmetic and personal care product manufacturers wrote guidelines stating that all products made from talc for cosmetic purposes must be free of traces of asbestos.

Laboratory tests vary in how well they can detect minute quantities of asbestos. Some tests are very sensitive and others are not. Court records in many J&J lawsuits showed that many of the tests the company performed were negative for asbestos, but there were positive tests at times. It is possible that even minute quantities of asbestos can cause cancer if the person is exposed for long periods of time. And J&J made sure to cover up any word of their talc having any asbestos in it. (Medpagetoday.com)

Tennessee Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits

Women in Tennessee who used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder on their genitals may want to file a personal injury lawsuit in the Volunteer State against the healthcare giant for causing their cancer. There is strong evidence that the company knew its raw talc could occasionally test positive for asbestos but it did nothing about it.

In December 2018, Reuters published a Special Report that showed J&J knew its products could contain asbestos from the early 1970s until the early 2000s. This fact was confirmed in test results J&J did not share with FDA or consumers. The Reuters examination of thousands of internal memos at J&J showed that executives, doctors, and scientists were well aware of the presence of asbestos, but never decided to take action. These damning memos have served as strong evidence for plaintiffs in lawsuits against J&J. (Reuters.com)

Tennesee Talcum Powder Lawsuit FAQs

Our baby powder cancer attorneys in Tennessee are skilled in winning large verdicts and settlements for people suffering from baby powder cancer. This page provides you with important medical and legal information if you want to file a lawsuit in Tennessee against Johnson & Johnson.

Many consumers come to this page with many questions. For example, do you need to pay anything to file your personal injury lawsuit in Tennessee? At the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C., we work on a contingency fee basis. So, if we obtain compensation for you in a settlement or verdict, we are paid from that compensation. The contingency fee can range from 33% to 40%. If you have questions about your specific case, please call our law office directly right away.

Tennessee Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuits

Women in Tennessee who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma often can prove they have a years-long history of using talcum powder on their genitals that often was produced by Johnson & Johnson. If a link is proven between the baby powder and their cancer, they can obtain possibly millions of dollars in compensation.

As of now, there are 13,000 or more talcum powder cancer lawsuits pending against the healthcare giant in the United States. They all claim that extensive baby powder use caused the plaintiff to get some form of cancer. J&J denies it, but large verdicts continue to come out, such as the $10 million verdict in California we mentioned above.

Getting Compensation in Tennessee for Your Baby Powder Cancer

If you file a Tennessee personal injury lawsuit, you may win desperately needed compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Our attorneys at the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. are very familiar with baby powder cancer cases, and can quickly review your case to determine if it is possible to file a claim. Call us today for a free consultation.

Your Tennessee Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Is Not a Class Action Case

Tennesseans wonder if their personal injury lawsuit will become part of a class action lawsuit, which usually means the lawyers get rich and the plaintiffs get pennies on the dollar. In one of these personal injury lawsuits, you stand a chance of winning a high amount of compensation to help you with your pain and suffering and medical bills. The level of compensation can be astonishing.

For example, a 2018 verdict in St. Louis against J&J netted 22 women an amazing $4.7 billion in compensation for causing their cancer. Plus, the company failed to have the trial judge set aside the verdict. (Reuters.com).

Tennessee Baby Powder Cancer FAQs

Below are some common questions we hear about talcum powder cancer lawsuits. Please contact the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. for more information.

What is the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Tennessee?

Tennessee Code 28-3-104 states you have only one year from the date of diagnosis to file your claim. So you need to act quickly.

What will I have to pay you to file a claim?

You generally do not have to pay anything out of pocket to our attorneys to file your claim. Our lawyers are paid from your settlement or verdict – typically 33% of the award but up to 40% depending on when the case is resolved.

It seems as if studies linking talcum powder to cancer are mixed at best. How can this be proven in court?

In a product liability lawsuit, the legal standard is not ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ as in a criminal case. A product liability lawsuit is done in civil court and requires the plaintiff to convince the jury of the claim being made.

How much risk do I have of getting cancer from using baby powder?

If you were using baby powder for years from the 1970s to the early 2000s, there is a chance some of the powder could have contained traces of asbestos. You could have up to a 30% higher risk.

You Do Not Pay Unless We Win – File Your Tennessee Lawsuit Today

Our talcum powder cancer attorneys at Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. regularly provide strong legal representation for women in Tennessee who may have gotten cancer from using baby powder. Please contact us today to have your case reviewed at no charge.


J&J and Colgate Talcum Powder Lawsuit Verdict (2019). Retrieved from https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/jj-colgate-talc-powder-lawsuit-verdict

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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