Washington Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit

By - July 15, 2019
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Johnson & Johnson Slammed With $4.7 Billion Judgement in Talcum Powder Cancer Verdict

Most people know Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, which has been in millions of American homes for over a century. But since 2016, the once-pristine image of J&J Baby Powder has been darkened by a cancer scandal.

Evidence suggests a link between the use of baby powder (made mostly of talcum powder from raw talc) and ovarian cancer. This is because some raw talc used by the healthcare company contains or once contained asbestos. Asbestos is a human carcinogen linked with various cancers, including mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Some evidence even shows Johnson & Johnson knew about cancer in some of its talc but did not tell the public.

Because of the possible link between Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and cancer, women in Washington have taken the company to court. Some people with cancer and a history of using talcum powder have filed personal injury lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages.

Massive $4.7 Billion Verdict in Missouri for 22 Women With Ovarian Cancer

For example, a $4.7 billion verdict in St. Louis in 2018 involved 22 women with ovarian cancer from across the country who used baby powder for feminine hygiene for years. The jury found Johnson & Johnson negligent because it did not give any public warning that some of its baby powder could contain asbestos. (USNews.com)

This verdict has been a huge headache for Johnson & Johnson. It is such a massive amount of money that more former users of baby powder with cancer are filing lawsuits. As of today, the company is dealing with 13,000 more lawsuits alleging baby powder causes cancer. Another big decision came in 2017 when J&J was hit with a $110 million judgment for a Virginia woman with ovarian cancer.

These baby powder cancer verdicts show juries are open to holding J&J accountable for not telling the public about cancer risks associated with their talcum powder. The company denies its products ever contained asbestos, but juries often do not believe it.

We are baby powder cancer attorneys in Washington, and we think it is time for J&J to be held responsible for withholding important safety information from the public. Evidence has been made public that some raw talc it used did contain traces of asbestos. If you live in Washington, used baby powder and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, talk to one of our attorneys now at the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. today.

How Baby Powder and Cancer May Be Linked

Ovarian cancer is relatively common, with approximately one in 75 women being diagnosed with it during their lives. But clinical studies show there may be a higher risk for women who dust their genitals with baby powder on a regular basis, as much as 30% more risk. J&J does not want Washingtonians to know, but the fact is that thousands of American women may be diagnosed annually with cancer from using baby powder. (center4research.org).

Why the higher risk? Talcum powder can contain traces of asbestos because when talc is mined, it often is mixed in with asbestos deposits nearby. If the talc is not properly processed, traces of asbestos can remain that could cause cancer. Also, only a tiny amount of the finished talcum powder J&J produces is even tested for asbestos.

The Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrances Association knew in the 1970s this was a risk and it issued guidelines for companies using talc. It stated all consumer products with talcum powder in them must be 99.9% free of asbestos. (AJPH.org)

But J&J wanted a laxer standard of 99.5%, which means talc could contain much higher amounts of asbestos. There is no definite proof showing exactly how much asbestos must be present in talcum powder to cause cancer in some people. But if it is proven there were traces of asbestos in the finished powder you may have used, and the jury on the case is convinced, that can be enough for you to win a personal injury lawsuit in a Washington civil court.

Washington Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits

You may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against J&J for causing your cancer. These personal injury cases are often successful because of mounting evidence showing what the company knew and when.

Reuters did a public service in 2018 when it reviewed thousands of internal J&J documents that were revealed during a trial. The review showed the company knew some talc that it processed for cosmetic products still contained traces of the human carcinogen. This happened from the early 1970s until the early 2000s. (Reuters.com)

People in Washington Want Answers

Our Washington personal injury attorneys often work on baby powder cancer lawsuits and have a strong track record of success. We are glad to hold J&J accountable for not telling people about asbestos in their talcum powder. If you have cancer and used baby powder, use this page as a helpful legal resource.

We offer this information to the people of Washington because many women used talcum powder for years thinking it was safe, but they ended up with cancer. They have many questions about the litigation process.

Many people do not know, for example, that there is a statute of limitations in Washington for filing a personal injury lawsuit. If you do not file within three years of the date of discovery, your ability to seek legal action expires.

Why Should You File a Washington Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit?

Did you use talcum powder from Johnson & Johnson for years on your body and get some type of cancer? You are probably saddled with medical bills and unable to provide for your family. You also have plenty of pain and suffering from your cancer. If J&J knew its product could contain asbestos and cause cancer, you may be able to be compensated, if our attorneys can convince the jury.

Call the law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. if you have ovarian cancer or mesothelioma and used baby powder.

We Do Not File Class Action Lawsuits!

You may worry that your baby powder cancer lawsuit could become part of a class action. No! We handle your case on its own. Class action lawsuits have their place, but most people who participate in them receive little compensation. Rest assured if we can convince a jury of a link between J&J Baby Powder and your cancer, you could obtain substantial compensation.

Washington Talcum Powder FAQs

Below are the most common questions we get about baby powder cancer lawsuits filed in Washington:

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

The standard statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit or product liability lawsuit in Washington is three years. However, if you used baby powder 20 years ago, this obviously would not work for you. In your case, the ‘discovery rule’ would apply. This means you have three years from the date you discovered you had cancer (usually a diagnosis by a physician) to file.

Who is eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit in Washington?

Most plaintiffs file themselves, but so can your husband, wife, domestic partner, children, and parents. Some litigants are too sick to file themselves, and some pass away before they can file. In the latter case, your family can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Washington on your behalf.

How difficult is it to prove that J&J talcum powder caused my ovarian cancer?

It is important to note that you are filing a civil, not criminal lawsuit. As your attorneys, we do not need to prove your case ‘beyond a reasonable doubt.’ That is a criminal standard of law. We only need to convince a jury with evidence that there could be a link between J&J Baby Powder use and your cancer. Not every jury will be convinced of this, but they often are. With a good lawyer and a reasonably sympathetic and open-minded jury, it is possible to win millions of dollars in compensation for your pain and suffering.

You Pay Nothing Unless We Win Your Case – File a Washington Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Today

The law office of Melinda J. Helbock A.P.C. and its Washington personal injury attorneys offer strong legal representation against tough J&J corporate attorneys so you can get the money you deserve for your medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. Please contact our legal offices today for a complimentary case review.


Jury Orders J&J top Pay $4.7 Billion in Missouri Asbestos Cancer Case. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2018-07-12/jury-orders-j-j-to-pay-550-million-in-missouri-asbestos-cancer-case

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

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

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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