Philadelphia Talcum Powder Lawsuit Attorney
Talc powder has a wide variety of uses and can be found in many households throughout the United States. However, it has been discovered that talc powder could pose a cancer risk due to contamination with asbestos. There have been several instances of women being diagnosed with cancer after regularly using various forms of talc powder. Our Philadelphia talcum powder attorneys offer free consultations call Ciccarelli Law Offices at (215) 228-0100 to schedule an appointment.
Background on Talcum Powder
Talc powder can be found in various products that consumers use, including medications, antacids, contraceptives, and cosmetics. Talcum powder produced by Johnson & Johnson, more commonly known as Johnson’s Baby Powder, has been recalled after the FDA found small trace amounts of asbestos in a sample purchased from an online retailer. Johnson & Johnson initiated a recall of all of this product out of caution.
A 2017 analysis concluded that there was a consistent association between perineal talc use and ovarian cancer. In 2014, The FDA acknowledged that particulates of talc can migrate from the perineum and vagina into the endometrial cavity, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and peritoneum. The FDA said that this can cause a foreign body-type reaction and inflammatory response in some women that could progress to cancer.
Cancers associated with Talc Powder
There are various types of cancers or tumors that a person could sustain due to using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder. This includes:
- Ovarian cancer (including serous, endometrioid, and clear cell ovarian cancer)
- Fallopian tube cancer
- Borderline serous tumors
- Borderline mucinous tumors
Criteria + Litigation Updates
There are various criteria the potential plaintiffs may need to meet to be eligible to participate in these lawsuits. This includes:
- 21 years of age or older at the time of diagnosis
- Having used Johnson & Johnson or Shower to Shower Talcum powder for two or more years continuously in the genital area
- Having used talcum powder before menopause
- Not currently represented by an attorney
- Must have been treated or diagnosed from 2019 to the present day OR have pathology reports OR have been treated at an “acceptable facility”
- Must have one of the qualifying cancers or tumors listed above
- If death has resulted due to these cancers, the statute of limitations for wrongful death will still be in effect
There have been several major settlements related to Johnson & Johnson Talcum powder cancers over the last few years. This includes:
- October 2016 $70 million to Deborah Giannecchini
- May 2017 $110.4 million to Lois Slemp
- August 2017 $417 million to Eva Echeverria
- July 2018 $4.69 billion to 22 women in Missouri
- June 2019 $325 million in punitive damages to Donna Olson
- May 2019 $10 million to Patricia Schmitz
- September 2019 $186 million (reduced from $750 million) for several plaintiffs in NJ
Multidistrict litigation for these cases is in New Jersey under Judge Freda Wolfson. As of January 2020, there have been more than 15,000 plaintiffs named as part of the multidistrict litigation at the federal level and more than 2,400 state court cases nationwide.
Call Our Philadelphia Talcum Powder Attorneys
If you or somebody you love has been diagnosed with any of the cancers listed above after using talcum powder, particularly Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower to Shower Powder, contact the Ciccarelli Law Offices as soon as possible. We have extensive experience handling these cases and will work diligently to investigate your situation in order to secure the compensation you deserve. When you need a Philadelphia talc powder attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling (215) 228-0100.