The attorneys at Montgomery & Ponder, LLC continue to monitor lawsuits related to Johnson & Johnson talcum powder. J&J was ordered to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women last July who blamed the talc-based product for causing their ovarian cancer. J&J currently faces more than 11,700 claims that it’s baby powder product causes cancer. In 2019, the company has faced more almost three times as many talc-powder trials than 2018, including a trial coming in August with 38 alleged victims.
Women suing J&J contend that they got cancer either from exposure to asbestos-laced talc or by using the powdery substance on their genitals. The company continues to insist that the product is safe. Talcum products are useful in personal and hygiene products because it absorbs moisture, improves texture, and reduces friction. However, studies have correlated years of regular use of talcum powder in the genital area with later development of ovarian cancer. The most likely reason that talcum powder could cause cancer is that it may be contaminated with asbestos, which is sometimes found mixed with talc in mines. There is evidence that asbestos does sometimes show up in talcum products, and asbestos is a known carcinogen.
There is currently no end in sight for the lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson related to talc-powder products. Evidence that that J&J has long known about the risks of cancer related to the product has emerged, in addition to evidence that asbestos was found in finished products. The company could be facing billions of dollars in jury and settlement awards related to talc products in the coming years.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and used Johnson& Johnson talc powder products, please contact the attorneys at Montgomery & Ponder, LLC immediately at (205) 377-5004.