Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2022 at 7:01 pm
Talcum powder products have been on the market for decades. During that time, millions of people have used the products for personal hygiene. More recently, talcum-based products, including the popular Johnson’s Baby Powder have been linked to an increased risk of cancer and mesothelioma. This, in turn, has resulted in tens of thousands of talcum powder lawsuits being filed.
The link between talcum-based products and cancer has resulted in thousands of consumers filing lawsuits against talc product manufacturers. Johnson & Johnson is perhaps the most well-known manufacturer, and the company remains at the center of numerous lawsuits.
Talcum powder lawsuits have already resulted in substantial awards for consumers. However, consumers continue to file lawsuits. If your law firm is aiming to acquire Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuit clients, Legal Conversion Center can help you qualify leads and get more conversions.
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Why Plaintiffs are Filing Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Since 1971, tests have shown that talcum powder products from manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson contained small amounts of asbestos. A report in 2018 revealed that Johnson & Johnson had records of products testing positive for asbestos dating back to at least 1971. However, the company never made that information known to regulators or consumers.
Once a 2018 Reuters investigation was published, consumers began coming forward and filing lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. These talcum powder lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers that using talcum powder increased the risk of certain cancers and mesothelioma.
As of 2021, there were more than 36,000 lawsuits pending against talcum powder product manufacturers. Millions of dollars have already been awarded to victims and their loved ones, but given the extensive use of talcum-based products, there is no doubt that more lawsuits will be filed.
Types of Cancer Caused by Talcum Powder Products
The most serious injuries reported in these lawsuits include ovarian cancer and mesothelioma:
women who have developed ovarian cancer after regular use of talcum powder products. Talcum powder is commonly used for personal hygiene, and women often apply it to the genital area. Studies now suggest that particles of talcum powder can enter the ovaries through the vagina. Experts believe that particles in contact with the mucus membranes cause inflammation and can suppress certain antibodies that prevent protect against cancer. Researchers estimate that regular use of talcum powder products in the genital area could increase the risk of ovarian cancer by 30-60 percent.
Many lawsuits also claim that victims developed mesothelioma due to inhaling talcum powder during use. The connection between talc and mesothelioma is that talc naturally contains asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. With talcum powder particles being so fine, they are easily made airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs.
Understanding Talc and Asbestos
Talc and asbestos are both naturally occurring minerals. As a powder, talc absorbs moisture and reduces friction. This is why talcum powder products are so commonly used for infants to prevent diaper rash, and among men and women looking to stop chafing or irritation.
Talc naturally contains asbestos, which is a mineral that is known to cause cancer, respiratory illness, and mesothelioma. In 1976, the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrances Association (CTFA) created guidelines for the cosmetics industry stating that cosmetic and personal care products that contain talc should be free from detectable amounts of asbestos.
Warnings about asbestos and talc have continued since the 1970s, but manufacturers have continued to market their products without adequate warnings.
What Products Contain Talc?
Manufacturers have not only failed to warn regulators and consumers about the risks of using talc, but they have also continued to develop and market numerous products that contain talc. These products include well-known brands like Gold Bond, Shower to Shower, Nivea, Summer’s Eve, and Johnson’s Baby Powder. Some of the most commonly used products include:
- Baby Powder
- Baby Lotion
- Adult Lotion
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Cosmetics (Foundation, Eye Shadow, etc.)
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Household Cleaning Supplies
Many consumers who have used these products have trusted them for decades without having an inkling that their health was at risk.
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