Talcum Powder Lawsuit Settlements
Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder has been a staple in American homes for decades. Studies now reveal that using talcum powder could pose a threat to your health. Specifically, Johnson & Johnson’s talc powder has been linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. There’s even evidence to suggest that Johnson & Johnson has known about these risks for more than four decades.
Despite this information, the company has continued aggressively marketing and selling talc-based products. Now men and women across the country are demanding that Johnson & Johnson be held accountable for their injuries. Talcum powder lawsuits accuse the company of failing to warn them about health risks associated with talcum powder.
Have you been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma while using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder? Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers for immediate assistance. You may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson to recover compensation. Our experienced legal team is prepared to help you obtain the financial award you deserve. Call our law firm today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.
Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Settlement Amounts
The troubling allegations surrounding Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder have led to a nearly unprecedented level of litigation. Tens of thousands of consumers have filed talcum powder lawsuits against the company. The number of cases continues to rise as consumers learn about their injuries.
To date, there have been no mass talcum powder settlements. In years past, the Johnson & Johnson has resisted settlement negotiations. Recently, however, the company did reach an agreement with a woman from New York. In January 2019, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $1.5 million to 78-year-old Ann Zoas, who claimed that she developed mesothelioma because of the company’s asbestos-contaminated products.
Several other cases have been litigated and resolved at trial. Since 2016, Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay nearly $5 billion in damages to consumers harmed by frequent application of talcum powder products.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits Consolidated in Federal Courts
Johnson & Johnson has been named in thousands of talcum powder injury lawsuits. The majority of these cases have a lot in common. Plaintiffs claim to have developed cancer because of long-term use and frequent application of the company’s talc-based products. When hundreds or thousands of similar cases exist, they can be consolidated into what is known as multidistrict litigation (MDL).
In an MDL, cases based on similar facts and arguments are merged together and transferred to be litigated in a single federal court. One judge presides over the MDL. This process helps to (a) prevent inconsistent rulings and (b) make the process of litigation more efficient. While plaintiffs share the results and benefits of pre-trial proceedings, each has the right to try his or her particular case in court.
Thousands Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits have been consolidated in MDLs in California, Missouri, and New Jersey federal courts. Litigation has been underway for more than three years. Many cases have already been resolved.
Plaintiffs Awarded Billions in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Juries have ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay billions of dollars to consumers who developed cancer while using the company’s products.
$29 Million Verdict
Terry Leavitt was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017. At trial, she claimed that she developed cancer because she frequently used Johnson & Johnson baby powder in the 1960s and 1970s. In 2019, a Los Angeles jury determined that the company’s talc products were defective and the cause of Leavitt’s cancer. Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay the woman $29 million in damages.
$4.7 Billion Verdict
In 2018, a St. Louis jury determined that Johnson & Johnson was responsible for causing ovarian cancer in 22 different women. The company was ordered to pay a total of $4.69 billion to compensate the victims and their families. The award would provide each plaintiff with more than $213 million.
$25.7 Million Verdict
Joanne Anderson was diagnosed with mesothelioma after having used Johnson & Johnson baby powder for decades. In 2018, a Los Angeles jury determined that the company acted maliciously in hiding research that revealed a link between its products and cancer. Anderson was awarded more than $25 million in damages, including $
$117 Million Verdict
Steven Lanzo and his wife filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, claiming that he developed mesothelioma because of asbestos particles in the company’s Shower to Shower and talcum powder products. In 2018, a New Jersey jury awarded the couple $117 million in damages.
$417 Million Verdict
In 2017, a Los Angeles jury handed down the largest individual jury verdict in a talcum powder case. Eva Echeverria was awarded $417 million for injuries she developed after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products for years.
$110 Million Verdict
Lois Slemp was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and shower-to-shower products for years. In 2017, a Missouri jury ordered the company to pay her more than $110 million in damages.
$70 Million Verdict
Deborah Giannecchini used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder as a feminine hygiene product for more than 40 years. She filed a lawsuit against the company after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded her $70 million in damages.
$72 Million Verdict
A family filed a product liability lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson after their loved one died in 2015 from ovarian cancer. The family claimed that the woman’s cancer developed because she frequently used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for years. At trial, a St. Louis jury was presented with evidence suggesting that the company knew that its talcum powder products could cause cancer. In 2016, the family was awarded $72 million in damages.
$55 Million Verdict
Gloria Ristesund woman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product for decades. In 2016, A St. Louis jury determined that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately disclose the cancer risk associated with its talc products. Ristesund was awarded $55 million in damages. The verdict included $50 million in punitive damages.
Johnson & Johnson May Consider Settling Thousands of Talcum Powder Lawsuits
More than 12,000 talcum powder lawsuits are still pending in federal and state courts across the country. At least 21 of those cases are scheduled to be tried in 2019. As cases proceed to trial, juries continue to find that Johnson & Johnson is liable for injuries caused by its defective talcum powder products.
Experts suggest that the company may consider settling the outstanding claims to avoid future losses in court. It’s estimated that Johnson & Johnson may have to pay $20 billion – an average of $1.67 million per plaintiff – to settle all 12,000 pending lawsuits.
Get Help With Your Talcum Powder Lawsuit
Since the 1970s, more than 20 medical studies have concluded that talcum powder can increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer. In fact, talc particles have frequently been discovered in ovarian cancer tumors. Despite this information, Johnson & Johnson has refused to acknowledge the dangers of its talcum powder products. In fact, evidence even suggests that the company has intentionally misled the public about how safe its baby powder really is.
Johnson & Johnson has an obligation to provide consumers with safe products. As a consumer, you have the right to make informed decisions about the products you use. By not disclosing the link between talcum powder and cancer, Johnson & Johnson deprived you of this right. You can hold them accountable for their behavior.
Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers to learn about filing a talcum powder lawsuit. Our experienced attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you need and deserve. Your first consultation is free, so do not hesitate to call for help today.