There are times when science and experts do not report the same results related to the toxicity of products. This can make it difficult for individuals to determine if they should be using a specific product or not. Some individuals even find themselves trying to determine if the product has caused them cancer. Many times when products are looked at later it becomes easy to see that they were toxic. This is what happened with asbestos and cigarettes. But, there are other products, like talcum powder, that can be more difficult to identify as dangerous. It seems that those lawsuits that have been filed related to this product are bringing back some mixed results.
There have been a number of lawsuits that have been successful for the plaintiffs. But, there was at least one lawsuit that was not a success for the plaintiff and the defendant won. GlobalTort (7/1/16) reported that the jury was 9-3 in favor of Colgate-Palmolive Co and Imerys Talc America. This case did not involve ovarian cancer but it was related to mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is related to asbestos exposure. There was a time when talcum powder did have asbestos fibers in it. However, this has not been the case for decades. The plaintiff in this case has stated that her mother had used talcum powder on her as a baby. She also stated that she started to use this when she was a teen. Later in life she was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Colgate-Palmolive and Imerys Talc America said that the cancer was not caused by talcum powder and the jury agreed with them.
There have been a number of lawsuits related to talcum powder that have alleged that it is linked to ovarian cancer. One of these cases was found in favor of the plantiff and he was awarded with $55 million. It was broken down into $50 million for punitive damages as well as $5 million for compensatory damages. In February of 2016 a jury ac actually award $75 million Jacqueline Fox’s family. She had died from ovarian cancer when she was 52. The attorneys said that Johnson & Johnson knew the talcum powder had been linked with a risk of ovarian cancer and they did not warn the consumers that were using this product.
Bloomberg (3/31/16) reported that at the end of March there were more than 1,000 claims related to this powder and those that make it. They all reported that those who used the powder were not told about the risks related to ovarian cancer. Those that make talcum powder have representatives that say the product is safe. But, more lawsuits continue to be seen.