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Johnson & Johnson is a name most people recognize. After all, the company is responsible for products we use daily. From band aids to mouthwash, we’ve probably all purchased items from Johnson & Johnson at some point or another. The products are so ubiquitous, we don’t give much thought about them one way or the other. We trust the company – as well as the FDA – to protect consumer health and safety. Unfortunately, as evidenced by recent lawsuits, this trust may have been misplaced.

Johnson & Johnson has followed study after study with the same findings: talcum powder, when used for feminine hygiene, may cause ovarian cancer. This research goes back nearly forty years, yet the company never once added any kind of warning to the labels on their baby powder. In fact, J&J advocated for the use of the product for feminine hygiene with the campaign slogan “a sprinkle a day keeps odor away.”

The company recently sought out the dismissal of one lawsuit against them, filed by the family of an ovarian cancer victim. Fortunately, the judge denied the request, arguing that jurors would find plenty of reason for J&J to hide the risks associated with talc. The jurors ultimately found the company at fault, and awarded the plaintiff’s family more than $70 million in compensation.

Johnson & Johnson had many, many decades to right their wrongs. Only time – and the 1,200 and growing talcum powder lawsuits – will tell if they will ever fix their labels.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.


A jury has voted to penalize Johnson and Johnson for failing to warn talcum powder users of the link between the product and ovarian cancer. The company must pay $10 million in compensatory damages to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using J&J’s baby powder for many years. The company must also pay $62 million in a punishment award, since jurors believed J&J knew of the risks the product presented but chose to hide them from customers instead of warn them.

For years, talcum powder was marketed as a feminine hygiene product, with one advertising campaign touting “just a sprinkle a day keeps odor away.” In 1999, the American Cancer Society warned women to avoid talc based products for genital use and instead recommended using cornstarch based products. In spite of this news, J&J chose not to update their product’s labels with warnings. Many women continued to use talcum powder, unaware of any potential for danger.

This decision is a huge win for the family of the victim, as well as the 1,200 other plaintiffs currently battling J&J, Shower-to-Shower, and other manufacturers.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum and baby powder use on the genitals and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.


At some point in your life, whether you realized it or not, you’ve probably used talc. You might have powdered your infant’s bottom after a diaper change with baby powder or applied concealer when doing your makeup. The cosmetics industry has encouraged women for decades to use talcum powder after showering. Unfortunately, many people don’t know of the risks associated with using talc in that manner. And why would they? Johnson and Johnson refuses to label their powders with warnings that the product could cause ovarian cancer. Recent lawsuits may eventually change that, but for now, millions of consumers are using a dangerous product with no knowledge of the risks. The reality is that most of us know very little about talc.

Talc is the softest mineral on the planet. It’s found in the ground and is often interlaced with asbestos, another potentially deadly mineral. When inhaled, asbestos can scar the lungs and cause fatal diseases. Both substances can be found in paint, crayons, cosmetics and other household products. The Food and Drug Administration requires that only the purest grade talc is used in food and cosmetic products, and manufacturers stand by claims that their products are safe.

Experts say, however, the test used to determine the grade of talc used in products is outdated and often inaccurate. And these tests are also often not utilized in products manufactured in places like China and Pakistan. Without rigorous testing, it’s easy for talc and asbestos to slip into commonly used products. Lotion, olive oils, chewing gum and paper all use talc during the manufacturing process.

Talcum Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

Talcum powder use around the vaginal area has been linked to ovarian cancer. Some studies suggest women who use talc-based baby or body powders in this area are significantly more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not. If you’ve used these talc-based powders and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, contact us to discuss your situation 877-544-5323.

Most people associate baby powder with diaper changes and bath time for toddlers, but for millions of women, baby and talcum powder usage has been a daily ritual for decades. The leading seller of such products, Johnson and Johnson, even marketed the product with the tag line “just a sprinkle a day keeps the odor away.” The link between feminine hygiene and talcum powder has been long dismissed by doctors, but the link between the product and ovarian cancer is just becoming more well-known.

Ovarian Cancer Risk

When women use talcum and talc-based baby powders on their genitals, talc particles can make their way inside the body and into the ovaries. The internal irritation caused by the talc can eventually cause ovarian cancer to develop. Despite dozens of studies through the decades linking talc to cancer, Johnson and Johnson has refused to include any kind of warning about the dangers associated with the product. Because of this, more than 700 lawsuits have been filed against the company.

Why Aren’t Women Being Warned?

As awareness grows about the risks talcum powder presents, there will likely be more lawsuits filed against Johnson and Johnson. Until they decide to warn their customers of the dangers, more women may continue to use the powder in hazardous ways. The pharmaceutical giant’s decision not to inform its customers of the carcinogenic nature of its baby powder is a threat to public health.

If you know someone who uses baby or talcum powder in their beauty routine, warn them of the possibilities of ovarian cancer. It’s up to each woman to decide whether to use the product or not, but at the very least, consumers deserve to be informed of the risks.

Be Advised: Johnson and Johnson isn’t the only manufacturer of talc-based body powders.

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating cases related to talcum powder use on the genitals and ovarian cancer. If you or your loved one would like to setup a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact our office today.