For over a hundred years, countless people have used talcum powder-based bath products daily. Perhaps the most popular of these is Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. Consumers were led to believe it was safe and gentle enough for babies, but unfortunately, that was not the case.
As far back as the 1970s, researchers have expressed concern about prolonged use of talc-based products. This is because talc deposits are often located near asbestos deposits. Asbestos is a deadly carcinogen. When talc is mined, it can become contaminated by nearby asbestos deposits.
These researchers linked long-term use of talc-based bath products, like Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, to an increased risk of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
Hold Them Accountable
Numerous studies have reported an alarmingly higher risk for ovarian cancer after using talcum powder in the genital area–somewhere between 30 and 60% higher, in fact. Even so, the link is hotly debated, with organizations like the FDA stopping short of concluding there is a connection.
In the meantime, victims are refusing to stand by. Many have come forward, claiming that talc-based bath products like Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder caused their ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay billions in settlement dollars to plaintiffs, including $2 billion to 22 women who blame the company for their cancer diagnoses. Johnson & Johnson’s appeal to contest the verdict was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Duncan|Stubbs was there in 2016 when victims began coming forward with their stories, fighting on behalf of over 10,000 clients.
Some of the most highly specialized attorneys in the nation are prepared to take up the fight against Johnson & Johnson. We will waste no time in ensuring every case has a winning legal strategy behind it, driven largely by our clients’ unique stories that deserve to be told and heard by those who harmed them.
We proudly stand up for clients who deserve the highest settlement amounts possible. And we will not let up until we secure it for them.
Duncan|Stubbs is still accepting cases. Our number one goal is ensuring our clients receive maximum recoveries. So if we do not win a case, we will not charge for our services.
On 1/30/23, the Third U.S. Circuit of Appeals rejected Johnson & Johnson’s bankruptcy plan known as the Texas Two-Step, which could have allowed Johnson & Johnson to move the liability of some 38,000 lawsuits to a subsidiary company, which they would then put in bankruptcy. In effect, this would have shielded the very large balance sheet of Johnson & Johnson from potential claims like yours.
On 4/5/2023, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $9 billion to settle current and future talcum powder lawsuits. The company had previously set aside $2 billion for this purpose.
On 7/28/2023, the bankruptcy court overseeing the case in the District of New Jersey rejected Johnson & Johnson’s second attempt to spin off its talcum powder liabilities into bankruptcy. This decision prevents J&J from using the bankruptcy system to shield itself from the true cost of the harm that it caused.