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Johnson & Johnson Class Action Lawsuit – Morgan & Morgan

Johnson & Johnson is a multinational company manufacturing numerous well-known personal care brands, medical devices, and medications. In 2020, the company pulled its talcum-based baby powder off shelves after facing a flood of lawsuits alleging that its baby powder causes cancer. 

Recent research has linked the use of talcum powder to various cancers, including ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, and others. If you developed cancer or another significant health issue due to the prolonged use of baby powder, you could have a case. You might be able to file or join in a Johnson & Johnson class-action lawsuit. Get started now and fill out our form for a free case review.

What Is Talcum Powder?

Talcum powder contains a naturally occurring mineral that can absorb moisture, keep skin dry, cut down on friction, and potentially prevent rashes. Talcum powder is used in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products such as:

  • Baby powder
  • Adult body and facial powders
  • Make-up products
  • Foods and vitamin supplements (as an anti-caking agent)

The Potential Health Concern with Talcum Powder 

Talcum powders can contain some naturally occurring asbestos. Asbestos has been linked to a variety of devastating diseases such as mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, laryngeal cancer, asbestosis, COPD, and many other conditions.  

Those who used talcum powder on a daily basis over many years, or came into daily contact with the substance at their workplace, may have an increased risk for developing various asbestos-related diseases.

Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Controversy

Baby-powder manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has been the subject of litigation for many years, with victims alleging that they developed cancer and other conditions due to prolonged use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products. 

While the company maintained that their products are asbestos-free, the reality paints a different picture. According to Reuters, Johnson & Johnson knew for years that some of their talcum powder products were contaminated with potentially deadly asbestos particles yet failed to discontinue the products or warn customers of the dangers. Moreover, the company reportedly kept this information not only from consumers but also from regulators. 

In the last decade, Johnson & Johnson has had to battle thousands of lawsuits linking their baby powder to deadly diseases. In 2018, a St. Louis jury awarded $4.7 billion to 22 women who argued that asbestos in talcum powder had caused their ovarian cancer. 

Class-Action Lawsuits Explained

When a personal care and pharmaceutical giant such as Johnson & Johnson brings a defective product or dangerous drug on the market, many different individuals using a certain product can suffer the same harm or a similar condition as a result. Class-action lawsuits arise when a group of harmed people suffering the same or similar damages (called plaintiffs) come together to sue a defendant, in this case, Johnson & Johnson. 

The Benefits of Class-Action Lawsuits

A class-action lawsuit can have a number of benefits for victims. Firstly, if your damages are relatively small, an individual personal injury lawsuit may simply not be worth the time and expense. However, a class-action lawsuit can be advantageous due to strength in numbers. Some class actions can have hundreds of plaintiffs. When a company is faced with a large number of claimants, potentially creating considerable negative publicity, the defendant may be more motivated to settle. 

Class-Action Lawsuits Are Stress-Free

Unless you are the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit, you do not have to do anything to fight for what you deserve and can simply wait for the outcome of the case. In a class-action lawsuit, the lead plaintiff bringing the case, together with the attorney, will fight for the best interests of the “class” of plaintiffs.

How Does a Johnson & Johnson Class-Action Lawsuit Work? 

The lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit usually files suit on behalf of the entire class against the defendant, Johnson & Johnson. If the claim is won, all plaintiffs will receive the same amount in damages, regardless of their injuries, medical expenses, and other damages. 

What Are the Lead Plaintiff’s Responsibilities?

The lead plaintiff is typically the person who started the suit. They suffer from similar damages or injuries as the rest of the class of plaintiffs. Responsibilities of the lead plaintiff include:

  • Hiring an attorney for legal representation
  • Filing the lawsuit together with the attorney
  • Attending court proceedings and hearings
  • Deciding whether to accept or refuse a settlement
  • Representing the class of plaintiffs

The lead plaintiff, in recognition of their time and effort commitment, can in some cases receive a higher settlement amount than the other plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit. 

You Could Join a Talcum Powder Class-Action Lawsuit

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a 2008 study suggests a link between women using talcum powder and facing an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. Therefore, if you or a loved one used talcum powder and developed ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, or another asbestos-related disease, you could potentially join a class-action lawsuit. 

Other Johnson & Johnson Class-Action Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson has been fighting several class-action lawsuits in recent years, including but not limited to:

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Pelvic mesh devices, also called transvaginal mesh implants, can treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women.  Johnson & Johnson had to pay millions in damages to tens of thousands of affected women due to deceptive marketing of the product. Women who have had to face medical complications due to Johnson & Johnson’s mesh implants could join a class-action lawsuit and potentially recover compensation.

Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson has been facing thousands of lawsuits and settled billions of dollars in damages for its defective metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by subsidiary company DePuy. Metal-on-metal hip implants have been known to cause various complications, such as:

  • Chronic hip pain
  • Metallosis
  • Neurological issues
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • The need for corrective surgery

If you or a loved one suffered complications from a defective metal-on-metal hip implant, you could potentially pursue damages. 

While some class-action lawsuits have concluded, many are still ongoing. Your next best step if you believe you have a case or qualify to join in a class-action lawsuit is to contact us and let us walk you through your options. 

When to File an Individual Lawsuit

Filing a class-action lawsuit is not always the best step if you have suffered harm due to the actions of an unethical corporation. For example, if you have a certain injury that few other plaintiffs have suffered, the class may not be big enough for a class-action lawsuit. 

Moreover, there can be other disadvantages, particularly if you suffered significant injuries and damages. Since all plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit generally receive the same amount of compensation, class-action lawsuits may not suit those who suffered more damages than the typical plaintiff in the class. 

If you suffered a life-changing injury or a loved one died due to the negligence of a company, you could be entitled to considerable damages. In this case, an individual lawsuit would most likely be a better choice. However, you do not have to determine your best next steps on your own. One of our experienced class-action lawsuit attorneys can assess your case and offer legal advice so you can make an informed decision.

Johnson & Johnson Class-Action Lawsuit FAQs

Does Baby Powder Cause Cancer?

Baby powders containing talcum powder with naturally occurring asbestos have been linked to various asbestos-related diseases and cancers. Talc containing asbestos is generally known to be a “carcinogenic” substance, meaning it could potentially cause cancer if inhaled or ingested.

However, even talcum powder free of asbestos may carry risks. The minerals found in both asbestos and talc have a similar structure and could potentially cause inflammation that could lead to diseases such as ovarian cancer, particularly when talcum powder is applied to the genitals over a prolonged period of time. Further research determining the safety of talcum powder-based products is still needed.

Is There Talc-Free Baby Powder?

A surprising number of personal care products still contain talc, despite the dangers of potential asbestos contamination. However, talc-free alternatives are widely available. Look out for products that contain starches or baking soda instead of talc. Many baby powders on the market today are formulated with cornstarch, for example, which acts very similarly to talcum powder in absorbing moisture and reducing friction. 
 

Can I Join a Johnson & Johnson Class-Action Lawsuit?

Not every consumer of Johnson & Johnson baby powder can join in a class-action lawsuit. However, if you used talcum powder containing products for several years and subsequently suffered an injury or health condition that your doctor believes could have been caused by asbestos in talcum powder, you could be eligible to join a Johnson & Johnson class-action lawsuit. 

You could potentially participate in a lawsuit and pursue damages for your injuries, medical expenses, and other costs. If your loved one died due to a talcum powder related illness, you could also have a case. A class-action lawsuit lawyer can advise you comprehensively and walk you through your options. 

Is Talcum Powder Still Available in Stores?

Although Johnson & Johnson recently withdrew its talcum-based baby powder from stores, talcum powder can still be found in a number of products, including but not limited to:

  • Shower gels
  • Cosmetics
  • Dry shampoo
  • Deodorants

Even today, some personal care products with talcum powder might still contain minute traces of asbestos. Although exposure to asbestos from cosmetics and other such products is relatively low, health risks cannot be entirely ruled out. If you are concerned, switch to products that do not contain any talcum powder in their formulations. 

Is There a Time Limit for Class-Action Lawsuits?

While there can be exceptions, class-action lawsuits, like other types of legal action, generally have to be filed within the applicable statute of limitations. The time period available for litigation can vary. Therefore, seeking timely legal advice can be essential as many states have general time limits applying to talcum powder cancer claims. To find out whether you could still join in a class-action lawsuit or file a claim, contact our firm as soon as possible for advice and guidance. 

Can I Afford a Class-Action Lawsuit Lawyer?

One benefit of class-action lawsuits is that there are generally no upfront attorney’s fees for plaintiffs. If a case is successful, the lawyer will receive their fee from the settlement amount. In some cases, a court will order that the defendant has to pay the attorney’s fees. If the case is lost, neither the attorney nor the plaintiffs will recover any money.  

How Can I Find the Best Class-Action Attorney?

Finding a lawyer with considerable experience and a track record of successfully handling class-action lawsuits can be crucial for your case. Asking questions can be important for finding out about your prospective attorney. You could ask, for example:

  • Have you handled class-action lawsuits before?
  • Have you won class-action lawsuits at trial?
  • Do you have experience in product liability law?

If you are thinking of becoming a lead plaintiff, also called “class representative,” make sure to ask about what would be required of you. 

Contact Morgan & Morgan for Help Now

Astonishingly, despite facing thousands of lawsuits and being ordered to pay out billions in damages, Johnson & Johnson still insists on the safety of its talcum powder products. However, when big and powerful multinationals lie about the safety of their products and try to keep information from the general public and regulators, those harmed deserve justice and compensation.
 
Holding a giant such as Johnson & Johnson to account is a challenge that few law firms are prepared to tackle as it can require considerable resources, a team of researchers, and highly motivated attorneys. However, Morgan & Morgan does not shy away from standing up to multinational corporations and defending the rights of consumers. We have won countless class-action lawsuits and recovered more than $10 billion for the injured.

The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner you could hold a negligent company to account and recover what you deserve. Contact us today to learn about your legal rights and options.

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