Talcum Powder Settlement
(Updated April 12, 2018)
Thousands of talcum powder lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn women of the risk of developing ovarian cancer from using its popular baby powder in the pelvic area. Consumers have also filed lawsuits after developing mesothelioma, a terminal disease caused by asbestos exposure. (Some talcum powders contain asbestos.)
Four such cases have resulted in massive monetary awards of $117 million, $110 million, $70 million, and $55 million. Another case, filed against Colgate-Palmolive by a woman who contracted mesothelioma, was settled for an undisclosed amount in November 2017.
Stephen Lanzo v. Johnson & Johnson (April 2018) – $117 Million
In April 2018, a New Jersey jury awarded $80 million in punitive damages and $37 million in compensatory damages to investment banker Stephen Lanzo and his wife. Mr. Lanzo claimed that he contracted mesothelioma after more than 30 years of using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products. He alleged that these products contained asbestos, which causes mesothelioma.
Johnson & Johnson argued that Mr. Lanzo must have encountered asbestos in his childhood home or his school, and that these locations were to blame for his mesothelioma. The jury disagreed, giving Mr. Lanzo and his wife a jaw-dropping $117 million.
Johnson & Johnson vowed to appeal the decision.
Lois Slemp v. Johnson & Johnson (May 2017) – $110 Million
In May 2017, a St. Louis jury awarded $110 million to Lois Slemp (62) of Wise, Virginia. Ms. Slemp alleged that her regular use of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products over a 40-year span caused her to develop ovarian cancer, which then spread to her liver. Ms. Slemp also alleged that Johnson’s Baby Powder contained asbestos, which the company denied.
The jury emphatically sided with Ms. Slemp. Of the $110 million award, $105 million were were punitive damages.
Ms. Slemp’s attorney, Ted Meadows, said, “Once again we’ve shown that these companies ignored the scientific evidence and continue to deny their responsibilities to the women of America. They chose to put profits over people, spending millions in efforts to manipulate scientific and regulatory scrutiny.”
Johnson & Johnson vowed to appeal the verdict.
Deborah Giannecchini v. Johnson & Johnson (Oct. 2016) – $70 Million
In October 2016, a St. Louis jury awarded $70 million to Deborah Giannecchini of Modesto, CA. Ms. Giannecchini developed ovarian cancer in 2012 after many years of using Johnson’s Baby Powder.
The plaintiff’s attorney, Jim Onder, said that by issuing this verdict, the jury “once again reaffirmed the need for Johnson & Johnson to warn the public of the ovarian cancer risk associated with its product.”
But Johnson & Johnson once again vowed to appeal, “because we are guided by the science, which supports the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.”
Gloria Ristesund v. Johnson & Johnson (May 2016) – $55 Million
In May 2016, a Missouri jury found in favor of Gloria Ristesund, who contracted ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder on her pelvic area for decades. Ms. Ristesund had to have a hysterectomy and other surgeries. The jury awarded her $55 million: $50 million for punitive damages, and $5 million for compensatory damages.
While Ms. Ristesund’s attorney said Johnson & Johnson should settle its remaining lawsuits, the company vowed to appeal this decision as well.
Talcum Powder Lawsuit Eligibility
If you or a loved one has contracted ovarian cancer after using talc-based products in the genital area, you may be owed money for some combination of the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Funeral expenses (in the case of a loved one’s death)
ClassAction.com abides by the contingency fee contract, which means that we will only collect a fee if the case is successful. We accept a fixed percentage (typically one-third) of the recovery.
Contact us today for a free legal consultation. These cases are time-sensitive, so it is crucial that you reach out to us as soon as possible to determine if you are eligible for compensation.