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Talcum Powder / Ovarian Cancer

What are the allegations in the Talcum Powder lawsuits?

There are more than 5,000 lawsuits pending in state and federal courts alleging that Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, failed to warn consumers about risks of developing ovarian cancer. The suits allege that these corporations knew about the risk for many years because they had knowledge of testing and studies that showed a link between talc and cancer. The lawyers for the plaintiffs argue that Johnson & Johnson knew that its products potentially caused a health risk, but it decided not to disclose the information to purchasers of the products.

Who are the corporate entities involved?

The two main entities involved in the talcum powder lawsuits are Johnson and Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America. Suit also include distributors and sellers of the products.

What are the products involved and how much use of the product is needed?

Consistent use of either John’s Baby Powder or Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower for feminine hygiene purposes for at least four years. The use of the talcum powder must have occurred after 1982.

What diagnosis is needed?

The diagnosis of ovarian cancer or fallopian tube cancer (not uterine or cervical) cancer. You must be BRCA negative, and your diagnosis must be made by the age of 65.

What evidence is needed?

If the death of a loved one is involved, ovarian cancer must be listed as a cause of death.

If you have an injury, the ovarian tissue or pathology slides must still be available.