Talcum powder lawsuits allege a link between talc products and cancer diagnosis and hold manufacturers responsible for failing to warn about the known health risks.
All 50 states have brought suit against baby powder manufacturers for failing to warn their customers about asbestos exposure in products containing Talcum powder. This could lead to mesothelioma or ovarian cancer.
Although the presence of asbestos in talc-containing products was not made public until recent years, it has caused a serious product liability problem for manufacturers. Although only a small percentage of talc products were tested positive for asbestos contamination and there is no clear link between talc products with asbestos, it raises legitimate concerns that asbestos could be present in cosmetic talc products.
Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit
Johnson & Johnson is one of the many companies that has faced lawsuits over asbestos-contaminated talcum powder, especially in its baby powder products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), completed a year-long investigation of cosmetic products containing talc in October 2019. After discovering asbestos in multiple products, the FDA collaborated with J&J to recall some products that had traces of asbestos. J&J also recalled one lot of Johnson’s Baby Powder later in the month.
J&J was involved in several thousand of lawsuits that claimed a link between its talc products, and cancer diagnoses. In April 2020, the company announced it would no more sell Johnson’s Baby Powder products made from talc in the U.S. or Canada. J&J had approximately 38,000 asbestos-related cases as of July 2022 and had paid $4 billion in settlements and verdicts and defense costs.