For decades, millions of women have used Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder and their Shower to Shower brands as part of a daily hygiene routine. Recent court documents, however, reveal Johnson & Johnson has been in possession of scientific studies indicating that women who regularly use these products for hygienic use have higher rates of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma diagnosis due to the product containing asbestos – a known carcinogen.
Johnson & Johnson has denied this knowledge and is now facing lawsuits claiming that the corporation’s talcum powder products have caused users to develop cancer. Users of talcum powder, who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, will be seeking a personal injury law firm for legal representation.
Broughton Partners provides a legal case generation service that helps personal injury attorneys find victims of the cancer-linked talcum powder. We deliver pre-qualified leads with retained talcum powder plaintiffs. The talcum powder lawsuit leads your law firm receives are signed and have been fully examined for lawsuit eligibility. If your law firm is looking to help more victims of cancer caused by talcum powder, call Broughton Partners today and start getting connected with talcum powder lawsuit leads.
Johnson & Johnson now faces an estimated 13,000 lawsuits over its talcum powder products and continues to lose major cases. The company insists that its talcum powder products do not cause cancer, however, many court juries have disagreed with Johnson & Johnson. The largest talcum powder lawsuit settlement so far was a $4.7 billion dollar verdict for 22 women and their families in 2018. More recently, in 2019, the baby powder company was ordered to pay several million dollar settlements to victims of their cancer-linked products.
June 2019 – Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive were ordered to pay $4.8 million each to the plaintiff, Patricia Schmitz. After using J&J’s baby powder and Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet products, Schmitz claimed she developed mesothelioma.
May 2019 – Donna Olson, a woman who was diagnosed with mesothelioma and used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for several years before her diagnosis, was awarded a $325 million verdict. J&J was ordered to pay $25 million in compensatory damages and $300 million in punitive damages to Donna and her husband.
March 2019 – Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay a settlement of $29.4 million to Teresa Levitt, a woman who was diagnosed with mesothelioma and claimed that the company’s talcum powder products were the cause. Levitt was awarded $22 million for pain and suffering, $5 million for compensation for her family, $1.2 million for lost wages, and about $1.3 million for medical expenses.
What is Baby Powder?
Baby powder is now a generic term used for talcum powder. The basis of talcum powder is talc, a mineral mostly made up of the elements of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. In powder form, talc is absorbent and helps cut down on friction. Although the use of talc dates back as far as ancient Egypt, the modern iteration of the now common household product dates back to the late 19th century.
Frederick Barnett Kilmer, the director of scientific affairs at Johnson & Johnson, suggested sending customers a container of Italian talc to soothe their skin when irritated by another product. Customers were so pleased with the talc that the company began selling it. The first tins of Johnson’s Baby Powder were sold in 1893.
Is Baby Powder Safe?
By the 20th century, the company’s talc-based powder rose in popularity. It was marketed with sanitary napkins to midwives and mothers after childbirth, according to the Huffington Post.
For more than a century, women sprinkled the powder on their undergarments and genitals to reduce friction and absorb moisture. In fact, products like Shower to Shower were directly marketed for use on and around genitals to help with discomfort for years. However, mounting evidence suggests that talcum-based products like Baby Powder contain asbestos and are not as safe as they were originally thought to be.
Broughton Partners Targets Ovarian Cancer Wrongful Death Claims
For decades, women have used talcum powder for hygienic use and for the absorption of moisture. Products like Shower to Shower are directly marketed for use in sensitive areas to help with discomfort.
However, several published medical studies indicate there may be a direct link between the use of talcum-based powder for hygienic use and the development of ovarian cancer, with the increased risk possibly as high as 35%.
Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral mostly composed of the elements of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. In powder form, talc is absorbent and helps cut down on friction, so it’s preferred for sensitive areas. But small talc particles can then travel to the ovaries, causing inflammation 1. Inflammatory cells have long been associated with the development of cancer.
As early as 1971, researchers were examining the presence of talc particles in ovarian cancer cells. A 1992 study found that women who applied talcum powder directly to their bodies on a daily basis had a significantly higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. Since then, several other studies have come to similar conclusions about the link between repeated use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer.
Additionally, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a specialized agency of the World Health Organization, states that applying talc to sensitive areas is possibly carcinogenic to humans.
If your law firm is looking for more wrongful death lawsuits, whether associated with talcum powder or any other product, Broughton Partners can help you. We can find and deliver quality cases with signed plaintiffs to your law firm. Families of victims who have wrongfully died because of the harmful effects of talcum powder have a right to justice. Broughton Partners wants to help your law firm represent these families in court.
Johnson & Johnson’s Failure to Warn of Ovarian Cancer Risk
Despite decades of data highlighting talcum powder’s potential risk of ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson has consistently failed to warn its customers. The pharmaceutical giant has even gone so far as to say the research is inconclusive. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson for not making its customers aware of the risks.
What Claims Will Broughton Partners Target?
Regular users of talcum powder for personal hygiene who have developed ovarian cancer will be searching for information on whether or not they have an eligible lawsuit. They will begin their search online for legal information related to talcum powder lawsuits. Victims will be looking to hire professional drug injury lawyers to get compensation for their injuries, medical bills, and lost wages.
Broughton Partners will be monitoring a network of websites and targeted online advertising for the following criteria for eligible talcum powder cases:
- Plaintiff has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer
- Plaintiff has used talcum powder regularly as a feminine hygiene product for 4 years or more
- Plaintiff has used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower products
- Plaintiff has medical evidence and biopsy results to show talcum powder
- Plaintiff has no history of a genetic disorder that pre-disposes her to ovarian cancer
History of Talcum Powder Lawsuits & Settlements
The first talcum powder lawsuit victory against the company was in 2013 in South Dakota. Deane Berg was a daily user of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for more than 30 years. She was eventually diagnosed with ovarian cancer and claimed Johnson & Johnson talcum powder was the cause. The jury found that the company was negligent in failing to warn its customers of a possible link with ovarian cancer.
Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a U.S. jury on May 2, 2016, to pay $55 million to a woman who said that using the company’s talc-powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer.
In February 2016, a jury in St. Louis awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer allegedly caused by Johnson & Johnson’s products 8. During the trial, lawyers of the deceased Jackie Fox claimed the company knew of the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The attorneys even introduced an internal memo from a Johnson & Johnson medical consultant in 1997 suggesting anyone who denies the risk is “denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.”
These cases are further evidence that there’s hope for those suffering from ovarian cancer caused by the use of talcum powder.
Asbestos is also a risk factor for the development of mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer. In July 2018, a jury held Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys, liable for a man’s mesothelioma and awarded him $177 million.
In March 2019, a California state jury awarded the family of a woman who died from mesothelioma $29.5 million after finding J&J’s talcum powder products contain asbestos.
Receive Fully Vetted & Signed Talcum Powder Lawsuit Leads
Broughton Partners’ goal is to provide law firms with retained talcum powder plaintiffs. The cases that we deliver to law firms are prepared with the necessary case information, documents, and history that you need to immediately start working on the case.
The talcum powder lawsuit leads that are provided by our services are real victims who have legitimate talcum powder cases. Our innovative case-acquisition platform is constantly monitored and optimized to track only quality talcum powder leads. We also have an in-house call center staffed 24/7 with highly trained multilingual specialists. Our industry-leading marketing team and case-acquisition process allows Broughton Partners to deliver the talcum powder lawsuit cases your law firm wants.
It can be difficult to find talcum powder lawsuit leads, especially leads that are high-quality and case-ready. Save time and let us do the work for you by examining potential talcum powder lawsuit leads and delivering only the best cases to your law firm.
How Are Talcum Powder Lawsuit Leads Acquired?
Our professional in-house marketing team begins by targeting and connecting with victims who are searching for legal information about their talcum powder case. We then begin tracking the talcum powder lawsuit leads online with our proprietary case-acquisition solution as soon as potential plaintiffs show interest or after they call. This system is constantly optimized for the best results and to ensure only qualified leads are being delivered to law firms.
We have our very own in-house call center that is staffed 24 hours by multi-lingual specialists. Each of our intake associates is trained to handle each intake session with the highest level of quality and compassion. Potential talcum powder cases will be examined by our in-house call center via customized questions and a qualification process that is based on your law firm’s talcum powder case criteria.
When our team finds a qualified talcum powder lawsuit lead, we then gather appropriate case documents that your law firm would need to start working the case right away.
Is Your Law Firm Looking for Talcum Powder Lawsuit Cases?
Broughton Partners works closely with law firms to provide them with prequalified cases that are signed and ready. We take the lead generation system further by providing signed cases, not just leads. Your law firm can get delivered retained talcum powder plaintiffs who are appropriately vetted and prequalified so you can dedicate more time to your clients and cases.
If you are a law firm that wants quality cases and not dead-end leads, then Contact Broughton Partners today to learn about our case acquisition process and how you can get the cases you want.
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