Talcum Powder Lawsuit Attorneys
Lawyers for Talcum Powder Class Action
Talcum powder is commonly used to absorb moisture and prevent rashes. It is derived from the mineral Talc, which has been linked to the development of ovarian carcinomas, gynecological tumors, and mesothelioma. Today, there have been thousands of Talcum Powder lawsuits filed against Talc manufacturers, like Johnson and Johnson, asserting that they knew of asbestos contaminants in Talcum Power and concealed this information from the public. There are two basic types of claims being brought:
- Claims involving ovarian cancer and/or gynecological tumors from long term use of Talcum Powder as a feminine hygiene product, and;
- Claims involving mesothelioma (lung cancer) from inhalation of Talc or Talcum Powder either during the mining process or during use of shower products such as Shower to Shower body powder.
If you have suffered ovarian cancer or mesothelioma after long-term use of Talcum Powder, call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. to be connected with a Talcum Powder lawsuit lawyer today: (713) 932-0777.
What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is made from the mineral Talc. It is used in the cosmetics industry as baby power and in various skin care products. The use of talcum powder began in the 19th century, originally as a way to provide relief to skin irritations caused by casts. Today, products containing talc can be found in feminine hygiene, facial powders, eye shadow, and gender-neutral body powder.
Asbestos refers to six naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have the ability to resist heat, fire and electricity. It can be found in the ground all over the world. Talc is a mineral made up of magnesium, silicon and oxygen. It is most commonly found in Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. Many talc mines are contaminated with asbestos naturally. Tests have suggested that there are trace elements of asbestos in talc.
Risk of Ovarian Cancer with Talcum Powder
The majority of research against talc manufacturers centers around the finding that the long term use of talc-based powders to prevent moisture, odor and chafing in the genital area, resulted in an increased risk for ovarian cancer. Women pursuing legal action against talcum powder manufacturers allege they developed ovarian or uterine cancer following the use of their product, as well as that the manufacturers failed to adequately warn them of the associated risks.
Talcum Powder Class Action Lawsuits Update
In July 2017, the first bellwether trial against Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products took place. Eva Echeverria filed suit against Johnson & Johnson claiming her continuous use of talc-based products caused her to develop ovarian cancer. While thousands of similar cases are still pending, Echeverria’s case, which had originally received a $417 million verdict, was overturned in October 2017.*
In April of 2018, the inhalation of talc containing even trace amounts of asbestos was found by a New Jersey jury to cause mesothelioma–a lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure. This resulted in a $117 million dollar verdict that Johnson and Johnson plans to appeal as well.*
Separate juries in Missouri and California have found that Talcum Powder was responsible for causing ovarian cancer in women and the defendants are fighting them all on appeal.*
*These cases were not handled by attorneys at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C.
Talk to an Attorney About a Talcum Powder Lawsuit
If you or someone you know has developed ovarian cancer following the use of talc-based products, you may be entitled to damages. Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. is passionate about helping victims understand their rights and get justice for their injuries. Call us today at (713) 932-0777 to set up a free consultation to learn more.