Personal hygiene

Talcum Powder

Johnson’s Baby Powder is a popular household hygiene product. For more than 100 years, Johnson & Johnson marketed its talcum powders as a routine method of maintaining freshness.

Recent investigations into the safety of the lightweight baby powder led to the discovery of a dark, decades-old talcum powder cancer secret, but millions of Americans still douse themselves daily.

Introduced

1890

Treats

Used for personal hygiene

Side Effects

Cancer

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A photo of an empty courtroom due to the  COVID-19 shutdown of courts.

Johnson & Johnson Talc Appeal Unhindered by COVID-19 Shutdown

James Parker · March 30, 2020

A Missouri appellate court set an April 24 date for Johnson & Johnson’s $4.69 billion talc appeal, despite the Missouri Supreme Court’s cancellation of all April arguments to reduce COVID-19 exposure.

Legal Developments
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FDA Finds Asbestos in Cosmetics, Consumer Protection Bill Introduced

James Parker · March 25, 2020

The FDA's year-long probe into potential asbestos contamination in talc-containing cosmetic products and baby powder is over, and the results are in: contamination was found in 9 out of 52 samples.

FDA Regulation
A photo of money, representing the February 2020 J&J talc fine.

J&J Fined More Than $180 Million for Asbestos Contamination

James Parker · February 6, 2020

A New Jersey jury imposed a now-reduced verdict of three-quarters of a million dollars in punitive fines to Johnson & Johnson.

Legal Developments
A photo of a woman sitting and facing a public meeting, representing the pending FDA asbestos identification meeting on asbestos in talc.

FDA Schedules Public Meeting to Assess Testing for Asbestos in Talc

James Parker · January 13, 2020

The public meeting may be crucial to qualifying expert witnesses for thousands of plaintiffs involved in national talcum powder cases.

FDA Regulation
Woman reading study about talcum powder and ovarian cancer which underrepresents populations of color.

Study Exploring Talc-Cancer Link Underrepresents Populations of Color

Benjamin Duong · January 13, 2020

A recent baby powder study found an insignificant link between the substance and ovarian cancer, but the study has limitations, including underrepresenting populations of color.

Research + Findings
A stock photo of a woman signing a document, representing the recent midtrial settlement in the California talcum powder mesothelioma case.

Johnson & Johnson Settlement Abruptly Concludes California Talc Trial

James Parker · January 7, 2020

Johnson & Johnson and plaintiffs Linda and Mark O’Hagan reached a midtrial settlement without jury verdict, meaning the jury will not be given an opportunity to make a decision that considers the FDA's finding of asbestos in talcum powder.

Legal Developments
A photo of a justice scale representing the Los Angeles jury verdict which found in favor of Johnson & Johnson in a recent mesothelioma cancer case.

Los Angeles Jury Rules in Favor of Johnson & Johnson in Talc Mesothelioma Lawuit

James Parker · December 17, 2019

A jury in Los Angeles found Johnson & Johnson is not liable for causing Pui "Amy" Fong's mesothelioma, deciding its Baby Powder product was not defective nor a substantial threat.

Legal Developments
Photo of talcum powder in a petry dish after baby powder recall on Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products last week.

Asbestos Contamination? 30,000 Bottles of J&J's Baby Powder Recalled

Carah Wertheimer · October 21, 2019

In recent months, we've worked to collaborate on behalf of consumer product safety. Help us put the #TruthOnTalc by signing our petition demanding Johnson & Johnson add an adequate warning label.

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Photo of podium in courtroom after news that many baby powder asbestos cases dismissed potentially.

Will J&J Get 12,000 Baby Powder Asbestos Cases Dismissed?

Carah Wertheimer · August 5, 2019

Johnson & Johnson may be relieved of 79% of all lawsuits filed against them for the health hazards of their talcum powder. After invoking a validation process known as the Daubert test, scrutinizing expert testimony and information, 12,000 asbestos cases now await a decision from Judge Freda Wolfson.

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A photo of J&J's talcum powder products in relation to a recent lawsuit involving Claire's.

Seven Plaintiffs Refile J&J Talc Lawsuit to Prosecute Claire's and Others

James Parker · August 1, 2019

Judge George H. Wu of California granted case dismissal to seven plaintiffs in a talc lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for their failure to label talc products. The plaintiffs will refile - adding more cases to their complaint and holding other companies liable.

Legal Developments
Image of ovary under microscope in a laboratory after ovarian cancer cells show mutation from talc exposure.

In the Lab: Ovarian Cancer Cells Show Mutation from Talc Exposure

Tess Francke · June 24, 2019

The link between talc powder and ovarian cancer has been warned about for years. Now, a recent study identifying evidence of cell mutation shows the way talc powder promotes the generation of ovarian cancer cells. This is the first study to confirm the cellular effect of talc.

Research + Findings
An illustration of a gavel representing the recent $25 million-dollar mesothelioma talc verdict in New York.

J&J Mesothelioma Talc Verdict in New York May Exceed $25 Million

James Parker · May 22, 2019

A New York jury issued a $25 million verdict against J&J for its part in causing a 66-year-old woman's asbestos-related cancer. The woman, Donna Olson, used J&J's talc products for decades.

Legal Developments
A portrait of a woman of color, in relation to the Reuters report showing Johnson & Johnson marketed baby powder to women of color.

J&J Marketed Baby Powder to Women of Color, Report Shows

Nicole Knight · May 1, 2019

An in-depth probe by Reuters revealed Johnson & Johnson intentionally marketed the flagship Baby Powder product to women of color, despite knowing its talcum powder came with a potential risk of ovarian cancer.

Women's Health
An illustration of an empty courtroom after biologist testifies at Talc Powder Trial.

Biologist Testified on Talc in Dying Woman's Lungs in California Trial

Nicole Knight · March 4, 2019

A biologist testified that asbestos in talcum powder was found in a dying woman's lungs, according to a recent California jury trial.

Legal Developments
Talcum Powder Warning Label

New Talcum Powder Warning Label Case in California

Carah Wertheimer · February 6, 2019

Johnson & Johnson's legal troubles have taken a new turn, now focused on the talcum powder warning label. Under California's Proposition 65, companies must issue warnings if products expose customers to known cancer-causing agents.

Legal Developments
Hands in a circle representing talcum powder cancer case

22 Women Win Talcum Powder Cancer Case

James Parker · August 16, 2018

A Missouri jury awarded $4.69 billion to compensate women who reportedly developed talcum powder ovarian cancer, delivering the largest product-defect verdict in U.S. history.

Legal Developments
Woman covered in talcum powder looking in mirror

Winning Verdict in California Woman's Fight Against Talcum Powder

Ashley Lombardo · June 5, 2018

A California woman recently won $21.7 million in compensatory damages and an additional $4 million in punitive damages after using talcum powder.

News
Talc in Cosmetics

Philippine FDA Warns of Talc in Cosmetics

James Parker · April 30, 2018

The Philippine FDA recently issued a consumer advisory about potential asbestos contamination in cosmetic talcum powder.

FDA Regulation
An illustration of a gavel, representing what happened in the California talcum trials.

What Happened in the California Talcum Trial

Ashley Lombardo · November 14, 2017

Expert testimony may have linked talcum powder to adverse effects, but deciding what evidence will be admissible is up to the courts.

News
A photo of a lab beaker, representing the question: Does baby powder contain asbestos?

Does Baby Powder Contain Asbestos?

Ashley Lombardo · October 11, 2017

Concerns over talcum powder's link to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma have left courts in St. Louis asking if baby powder contains asbestos.

Legal Developments
A photo of a person of color's hand, covered in talcum powder alternatives.

5 Talcum Powder Alternatives

Ashley Lombardo · September 14, 2017

Here are five talcum powder alternatives consumers may want to try, including some for DIY lovers wishing to make their own.

Women's Health
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Jury Awards $417M in California Talcum Powder Lawsuit

Ashley Lombardo · August 22, 2017

A Los Angeles jury on Monday awarded a record $417 million in damages in a talcum powder lawsuit brought by a California woman.

Legal Developments
An illustration of talcum powder particles on a peach background.

Judge Supports Survivor of Talcum Powder Cancer With $55 Million

Ashley Lombardo · May 11, 2016

A St. Louis judge awarded $55 million to Gloria Ristesund, a woman who reportedly developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products for decades. The lawsuit is the second of its kind as 1,200 women plan to take action against Johnson & Johnson in the talc trials.

Legal Developments