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Johnson & Johnson Facing Lawsuits Alleging its Baby Powder Causes Cancer

The name “Johnson & Johnson” is synonymous with the idea of safe and gentle products most of us have used at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, the company name is now synonymous with cancer lawsuits. This summer, in Missouri, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to more than 20 women and their families. They allege that the company’s talcum baby power contained asbestos which caused or contributed to their ovarian cancer.

The women at the center of these cases say that they used baby powder on their inner thighs to prevent chafing, or that they used it in their sanitary pads, underwear, or genital areas to freshen and dry themselves. As a result of the Johnson & Johnson talcum powder being absorbed into their bodies, the women allege they developed cancer.

This comes after a May verdict in Los Angeles, where a jury awarded a woman a $25.7 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson. The woman claimed she developed mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer related to asbestos exposure, as a result of using the company’s talcum baby powder.

Johnson & Johnson is no stranger to lawsuits, and there are many lawsuits against it stemming from its talcum baby powder across the country. On its part, the company has said that its products do not contain asbestos or cause cancer, and that it will appeal these decisions. Furthermore, in October 2017 a Los Angeles judge ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson, finding that its talcum powder did not cause ovarian cancer in a woman who used the powder in her perineum region for decades.

However, experts in the Missouri case, where a judge held in favor of women who had similarly used Johnson & Johnson talcum baby powder, testified that the company’s talcum powder could very well cause cancer because once absorbed, crystals in the powder can move through the reproductive system, cause ovarian inflammation, and trigger the development of ovarian cancer. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that talcum is frequently mined in proximity to asbestos. This has led the Food and Drug Administration to ask that talcum manufacturers take necessary steps to ensure their talcum is not contaminated with asbestos.

There are now several court cases which seem to support a link between Johnson & Johnson talcum baby powder and cancer. It is important that individuals, especially women, who have regularly used this product for freshening effects in their perineum or genital areas and are now suffering from cancer consider whether they, too, are victims. The medical costs associated with treating cancer can be astronomical, on top of the lost wages and pain and suffering that most cancer patients experience.

Concerned Your Cancer Might be Caused by Johnson & Johnson Talcum Baby Powder?

If you are concerned that your cancer could have been caused by Johnson & Johnson talcum baby powder, and want to learn more about your legal options, contact J&Y Law today. At J&Y Law, our experienced California personal injury attorneys combine experienced, zealous representation with compassion. We have represented many clients suffering from serious medical conditions that could have been prevented, and we understand how seriously this can impact you and your family. Contact us today.