One example of a mass tort lawsuit is the case against Johnson & Johnson, whose baby powder incorporated the ingredient talcum powder. Talcum powder, which is often mined near dangerous asbestos, has caused ovarian cancer and other types of cancer in many victims. According to experts, women who use talcum powder regularly increase their risk of ovarian cancer by approximately 30 percent. Many of the lawsuits brought against Johnson & Johnson allege that the company knew the talcum powder could lead to cancer and mesothelioma.
In the 1970s, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found a connection between ovarian cancer and talcum powder. As of April 2021, Johnson & Johnson faces more than 28,900 lawsuits related to its talcum-based powders. On June 23, 2020, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a verdict that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder caused ovarian cancer in 22 women and ordered the company to pay $2.1 billion in compensation to 22 women who suffered damages from using the baby powder.
In October 2020, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay over $100 million to settle an additional 1,000 talcum-based lawsuits.
On May 19, 2020, Johnson & Johnson announced it would no longer sell the talc-based baby powder in the U.S. and Canada. According to Johnson & Johnson in 2021, the company is facing over 21,800 lawsuits over this matter. In June 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Johnson & Johnson. The appeal concerned a lawsuit more recently that was ordered to pay $2 billion in settlements.
If you or a loved one has developed cancer or mesothelioma after using the talcum-based Johnson & Johnson products, you could also be entitled to millions of dollars in compensation. While some cases against Johnson & Johnson have been completed, many lawsuits are ongoing, and other ones are beginning.
If you believe you qualify for representation in a lawsuit, contact a lawyer or law firm that handles mass tort cases. Many firms already handle talcum powder cases. The firm should provide a free evaluation to determine if your talcum powder case qualifies.
Additionally, most lawyers handling these cases will work on a contingency basis. This means that you do not have to pay any upfront costs to hire a legal team.
Instead, they will take a contingency fee that will be a certain percentage of the settlement or award that you receive at the end of the case. If the law firm does not win, you still do not need to pay any money. So if you believe you have a case, it is worth contacting a lawyer.