What’s Happening With Talcum Powder Lawsuits?
Talcum powder lawsuits seek to hold manufacturers liable for failing to disclose their knowledge that their talcum powder products were contaminated with asbestos and failing to warn the end users of the known cancer risks from exposure to contaminated talc. Both talc and asbestos are mined minerals found in nature often alongside or co-mingled with one another. Talc is used in a number of cosmetic products, including baby powder, makeup and others, and there is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos.
To date, talcum powder lawsuits have largely been focused on the development of ovarian cancer in women who use talcum powder on or near their genitals. Lawsuits have also been brought for fallopian tube and peritoneal cancers as we as for mesothelioma – a particularly lethal form of cancer that invades the mesothelial tissue that helps contain our lungs and other internal organs inside our bodies.
Talcum powder manufacturers, distributors, brands and retailers of have faced tens of thousands of lawsuits over their talc products thus far, and litigation remains ongoing. To date, billions of dollars of settlements and jury verdicts have been levied against talc defendants. Talc product companies named in lawsuits thus far have included:
- Johnson & Johnson
- Imerys Talc North America
- Whittaker, Clark & Daniels
- Vanderbilt Minerals
- Talc-containing products implicated in ovarian cancer lawsuits have included:
- Johnson’s Baby Powder
- Shower to Shower
- Gold Bond No Mess Powder Spray
- Gold Bond Body Powder
- Gold Bond Extra Strength Body Powder
- Old Spice powder
In August 2022, Johnson & Johnson announced it would remove all its talcum powder products from the global market in 2023 and replace talc with cornstarch. However, before doing so, in the summer of 2021, Johnson & Johnson created a subsidiary company, LTL Management LLC, attempting to split its assets from its liabilities and shield itself from paying the verdicts rendered against it through bankruptcy (without Johnson & Johnson itself having to file bankruptcy even though it was determined to be responsible for causing people to develop cancer). Johnson & Johnson has been widely criticized for this strategy, and its gambit continues to work its way through the court system.
If you have developed ovarian cancer or mesothelioma and used talcum powder products, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and should contact an experienced law firm right away to explore your rights.