Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest healthcare products manufacturer, currently faces more than 10,000 lawsuits claiming that its baby powder caused cancer. Plaintiffs in these cases most commonly used Johnson & Johnson baby powder or its former Shower-to-Shower line, and claim that these products caused mesothelioma, a cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Johnson & Johnson has continued to claim that there is no asbestos in its products and that it is difficult to pinpoint the causes of cancer. These products are made using talc, the softest naturally occurring mineral in the world. Talc often occurs in close proximity to asbestos, another mineral, which can lead to cross-contamination.
In July 2018, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families who had claimed that asbestos in the company’s talcum powder caused them to develop ovarian cancer. According to the New York Times, “the first talc trial was in 2013 in Federal District Court in South Dakota. A jury found Johnson & Johnson negligent but did not award damages to the plaintiff. Several other cases involved sizable damages, including a $417 million verdict reached by jurors in Los Angeles County Superior Court last year.”
Over the next several months, juries across the county will be hearing testimony about asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s Talcum Baby Powder causing mesothelioma and other forms of cancer. One of those cases involves a 70-year-old plaintiff named Rosalind Henry. Mrs. Henry claims to have used hundreds of containers of the product from 1967-1990, using it both on her children and on herself. Two years ago Mrs. Henry was diagnosed with mesothelioma. She contends that the testing process was not adequate for the product, and if she knew the risks of asbestos in the product, she would not have used it.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer as a result of Johnson & Johnson Baby Power or Shower-to-Shower talcum powder, please contact the attorneys at Montgomery & Ponder, LLC immediately at (205) 377-5004.