Johnson & Johnson, a well-known producer of bathroom and cosmetic products, has recently come under fire for numerous claims that regular use of their famous Baby Powder indirectly caused certain types of cancer in multiple people. As a result, on May 20 they announced that they would discontinue selling the talc-formulation of its Baby Powder in the United States.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after regularly using Baby Powder or other talc powders, please contact Estey & Bomberger today to discuss your case. There has been a lot of contention and confusion regarding talc powder and its relation to cancer; we can help you sort through the facts and explore your potential options for compensation.
We are a nationally recognized firm with significant experience holding large institutions accountable for any negligence or carelessness that has caused harms in consumers. Contact us today and see how we can use our experience in your case.
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In lawsuits against large drug companies, it is highly recommended to seek legal representation before proceeding with a claim. These are cases that can be stressful, complex, and require hands-on experience in order to achieve success. An attorney with prior trial or mass tort experience can be vital for your case.
Additionally, many in similar situations likely have higher priorities than litigating a case. This is especially true in this case, where you may be focused on fighting cancer and spending time with your family. An attorney is able to make all the legal moves necessary on your behalf so that you can focus on healing and recovery.
Finally, lawsuits such as one against a large company like Johnson & Johnson are difficult to win without a comprehensive, compelling case with a large body of evidence substantiating your claim. A lawyer can help you gather all the evidence necessary, while also looking for any other plaintiffs who have had similar experiences. Having multiple plaintiffs with similar instances can be excellent evidence to suggest negligence on the part of Johnson & Johnson – maximizing your chances for recovery and compensation.
How Estey & Bomberger Can Help
At Estey & Bomberger, we are committed to holding large corporations accountable for any negligent actions they may have committed for their own personal interests. If you have contracted cancer due to Baby Powder, we want to help you in the fight against Johnson & Johnson.
In the same report as above, it was discovered that Johnson & Johnson also lobbied to prevent thorough investigations of talc contamination in certain products. Normally, all drugs and first aid products containing talc are analyzed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure it meets the standards for minimal asbestos contamination. Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder does not fall under this rigorous standard because it is categorized as a cosmetic product. This gives the responsibility of quality control to Johnson & Johnson themselves – a responsibility they’ve previously failed to uphold in the consumer’s best interests.
Our experienced attorneys can hold Johnson & Johnson liable for these despicable practices, pushing for change at an institutional level to ensure others are not impacted by their negligence in the future.
What is Talc?
Talc, also known as talcum powder, is a naturally occurring mineral that was previously the main ingredient in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. Due to its drying effect, it was intended to treat irritation or rashes caused by moisture and/or friction.
Current formulations of Baby Powder and other similar products use corn starch, rather than talc.
Is Talc Dangerous?
Talc has previously been considered harmless, but it has had a contentious history as a potential carcinogen. The safety of talc powder was first questioned in the 1980s, when talc particles were found in some women’s ovarian tumors. However, since then, the scientific community has largely failed to come to a conclusion regarding its carcinogenic properties. Currently, the consensus is that talc powder, in its purest form, is not associated with an increased risk of certain cancers – including ovarian cancer.
However, talc powders can be dangerous because they have a high likelihood of being contaminated with asbestos. Talcum powder is processed by mining talc deposits in mines – and a form of asbestos called tremolite is commonly found in the same vicinity as talc deposits, due to their similar chemical composition. When talc is mined, residual tremolite may also end up in the harvest. Too much tremolite in talc can then cause widespread asbestos contamination of talc powder.
Asbestos is an incredibly potent carcinogen that can cause a number of rare, aggressive cancers. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) both state that there is no safe amount of asbestos exposure. Additionally, some studies have found that some people may develop cancers after just a few days of exposure.
Johnson & Johnson Has a History of Talc Powder Contamination
Despite the prevalence of other talc-based powders on the market, Johnson & Johnson and its Baby Powder have seemingly been sole targets for lawsuits due to their negligent history of talc powder contamination.
An investigative report by Reuters in December 2018 found that the company regularly found their talc contaminated with asbestos dating as far back as the 1970s. Further, internal documents made it clear that they were aware of the problem and wanted to resolve it without notifying the general public.
Johnson & Johnson Has Been Ordered to Pay Billions for Talc Powder Lawsuits
This talc powder contamination is the crux of the lawsuits surrounding Johnson & Johnson and their Baby Powder products. Since 2018, the company has fought lawsuits regarding Baby Powder and its carcinogenic properties – and has nearly lost every case. To date, they have been ordered to pay billions in damages to numerous plaintiffs – including punitive damages, which are only awarded in cases of extreme carelessness or gross negligence.
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If you or a loved one has contracted cancer after the use of Johnson & Johnson talc-based Baby Powder products, please contact us today to discuss your case. We want to help you fight for the maximum possible compensation you need – and the justice you deserve.