Talcum Powder Contamination
This Case involves:
Anyone living who used personal feminine hygiene and baby powder products containing talcum powder - and who subsequently was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, or another form of cancer, as well as asthma, believing that their diseases may have been caused by the years-long use of these products, which had been known to contain traces of asbestos. Anyone representing individuals who used the products developed cancers and later died
Many thousands of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and other makers of talcum-powder-containing products have resulted in settlements with monetary awards including $26 million, $55 million, $70 million, $110 million, $117 million, and $4.7 billion. Many of these lawsuits claimed that Johnson & Johnson knew, as early as 1969, about the potential dangers associated with the presence of asbestos and other ingredients in its powder products but neither warned the public nor recalled the products. However, Johnson & Johnson has disputed many of the claims in the liability suits brought against it.
Feminine hygiene powders and baby powders are among the topical products that contain talcum powder. Talc, the primary ingredient of the powder, is a soft mineral that is found worldwide. This mineral is a hydrated magnesium silicate. Talc is extracted from the earth by mining; when it is mined near where asbestos is mined, asbestos deposits can find their way into talc. When a woman applies talc-containing products to her genital area, the talc can migrate to the ovaries and cause the development of cancer cells. Multiple scientific studies have shown that women who use talc products are 36 percent and higher at-risk to develop cancer.
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