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Is Talc The New Tobacco?

Talc As The New Tobacco – Elizabeth Cabraser Comments on Talc Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson

Law360 notes that multiple trial victories in Missouri state court totaling $200 million against Johnson & Johnson’s talc baby powder product have shed light on the seeming parallels between the litigation on talc injuries and the long-running cases against tobacco companies. It seems in both instances, misleading product advertising and failures to adequately inform the public of product health risks were tragic way stations on paths that led to serious personal injuries and wrongful deaths.

“Talc is a widely used product, long-concealed and recently revealed as a health threat,” stated Lieff Cabraser name partner and co-founder Elizabeth J. Cabraser. “There is thus some analogy to tobacco there. The injuries are real, and the science may be developing in the direction of stronger causation. These first trial verdicts are early warning signs.”

In cases against consumer product giant Johnson & Johnson, thousands of women with ovarian cancer have filed lawsuits claiming the healthcare company’s talc baby powder presents heightened risks of cancer. Talcum powder has been used by women and girls for decades in what was thought to be a harmless method of absorbing moisture. However, numerous U.S. jury verdicts linking regular use of J&J’s talcum powder to wrongful deaths from ovarian cancer highlight the potentially fatal risks from certain long-term uses of talcum powder products. These cancer risks from talc exposure were claimed to have been concealed from consumers, a “failure to warn” that has led to cancer-related injuries and deaths from talc exposure.

While tobacco products have displayed legally mandated health warning labels since the mid-1960s, certain household and body products containing talcum powder contain no such warnings, as J&J and talc supplier Imerys Talc America Inc. have concluded that these warning labels aren’t necessary.

Contact a Talcum Powder Personal Injury Attorney

If you, a friend, or a family member are a long-time user of talcum powder products made by Johnson & Johnson or another talc product manufacturer, and have received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, you or they have the right to seek fair compensation. You are welcome to visit our Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Injuries page to contact a personal injury attorney at Lieff Cabraser. We will help affected persons and families gather the information and file the claims needed to seek recompense for any injuries, suffering, or related harm. We will review your claim for free, confidentially, and with no obligation on your part.