Ross Feller Casey, among the nation’s leading personal injury law firms, is representing hundreds of women from across the U.S. against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that talcum used in the company’s products – including Baby Powder and Shower to Shower – caused cancer.
Given new findings by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Ross Feller Casey also is investigating cases involving serious health conditions caused by asbestos-containing makeup products sold by the retailers Claire’s and Justice.
Talc is made up mostly of magnesium, silicon and oxygen, which, when ground into a powder form, can absorb moisture. For decades, talcum powder has been widely used to help keep skin dry and to prevent irritation and rashes. But when used on or near the genitals, particles can travel into the ovaries and remain there for years, causing inflammation and leading to the growth of cancer cells.
The known link between J&J’s products containing talcum powder and ovarian cancer is not new. It dates back to the early 1970s when studies of ovarian cancer patients showed particles of talc in their ovarian tissue.
In fact, a study by a Harvard doctor estimates that talc in hygiene products may be a contributing factor in the development of ovarian cancer in as many as 10,000 women each year.
Despite the scientific evidence, talcum powder continued to be used by Johnson & Johnson, unregulated and without any warning from the manufacturer.
Johnson & Johnson is currently facing more than 13,000 lawsuits alleging its products have led to ovarian cancer and other cancers.
Since 2016, juries in a series of separate cases across the nation have weighed in clearly and strongly on the matter.
J&J’s products tainted with asbestos, which has caused mesothelioma lung cancer
For decades, asbestos – naturally occurring fibrous minerals – has been known as a public health menace proven to cause the deadly disease mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of internal organs, including the lungs.
Talc is mined from underground deposits and veins of asbestos are often found nearby, leading to a risk of cross-contamination.
In the most recent verdict against J&J, an Oakland, California jury ordered the company to pay a dying woman $29 million. The jury in March 2019 found that J&J was responsible for plaintiff Teresa Leavitt’s advanced mesothelioma and that the company knew about the risks of its asbestos-containing products but failed to warn consumers. A mother of two, Leavitt testified at trial that J&J’s powders were used on her since she was an infant and that she continued to use them for more than 30 years in adulthood. She is not expected to live beyond 2020 because her mesothelioma has advanced.
It was the seventh such ruling by juries across the nation against J&J. In all, Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay more than $5.44 billion for its baby powder causing mesothelioma and ovarian cancer in 28 women.
In March 2019, the FDA confirmed the presence of asbestos in makeup products sold by the tween retailers Claire’s and Justice, including eyeshadow, compact powder and contour pallet.
The government agency issued warnings about the products, noting that the talc used in them contained asbestos. The FDA also announced that it would investigate cosmetics manufacturers’ sources for talc and what efforts they take to test the raw material.
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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, mesothelioma or other cancers, used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower to Shower or asbestos-containing makeup for an extended time, you should contact one of our experienced lawyers for a free case evaluation.
Ross Feller Casey handles all its cases, including talc lawsuits, on a contingency basis so you will not be charged until a financial recovery is made in your case.