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Johnson & Johnson’s Talcum Powder Accused of Asbestos Contamination

New Talc Injury Trials Focus on How Asbestos Can Contaminate Talc

The focus of some trials against Johnson and Johnson (J&J) over the link between the company’s talcum powder products and women’s terminal ovarian cancer has shifted to the connection between the talc itself and contamination from asbestos, a fiber that includes the mineral chrysotile and has been known for decades to lead to deadly diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and cancer.

J&J has repeatedly been hit with high-dollar verdicts in lawsuits that allege a connection between talc body products and ovarian cancer. In the first California talc cancer trial in August, the jury awarded a $417 million to the terminally ill plaintiff. Previously, a St. Louis jury ordered J&J to pay more than $110 million to that case’s plaintiff for her injuries, care, and suffering. As the focus shifts in newer talc cancer lawsuits against J&J, “in taking on this latest legal attack on its talc products, J&J is facing a case that will center more on geology than epidemiology,” notes Law360.

Lieff Cabraser injury attorney Wendy R. Fleishman told Law360 that “another common factor that could drive up any punitive damages award is that Johnson’s Baby Powder carries a reputation as ‘among the safest things you could use,’ and that jurors feel betrayed to find out such a product might have caused serious harm.”

Fleishman explained that while other asbestos injury cases might seem distinct from the talc exposure ovarian cancer cases, the underlying issues at parallel. “It seems like all those cases in which children got mesothelioma from exposure in their parents’ bathrooms when they were doing construction work on the bathroom and exposed the asbestos that way, certainly it’s the exact same method of inhalation,” she said. “I’m not sure that it’s much different.”

“I would think that folks would still be really angry, because when we talk to people about the fact that the talc may have had asbestos in it, they are even that much more infuriated and outraged that nobody said anything,” added Fleishman.

Tiseme Zegeye on Talcum Powder Links to Ovarian Cancer and Your Legal Rights

Video: Important Information for Women Concerned About Talc and Cancer

Lieff Cabraser attorney Tiseme Zegeye recently released a video discussing alleged connections between regular use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The video includes information on lawsuits filed by injured women against Johnson & Johnson, as well as guidance on how injured women can contact Ms. Zegeye and other Lieff Cabraser lawyers for help with their potential cases against J&J.

Contact a Talc Injury Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser

If you, a friend, or a family member are a long-time (6 years or more) user of talcum powder products made by Johnson & Johnson or another talc product manufacturer, and have received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, you have the right to seek fair compensation. Please call us today at 1 800 541-7358 or visit our Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Injuries page to contact Wendy Fleishman or Tiseme Zegeye about your talc injury case.

We will help you gather the information and file the claims needed to seek recompense for any injuries, suffering, or related harm, and we will review your claim for free, confidentially, and with no obligation on your part.