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Talcum Powder Litigation Update: What’s Happening with Baby Powder Lawsuits?

Riddle Brantley LLP   |  December 10, 2020   |  

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging that the company’s talc-based baby powder causes cancer. Our attorneys are actively investigating these claims.

Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits have been consolidated in multi-district litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District of New Jersey. Nearly 20,000 cases have been filed, and roughly 100 cases are being added per week to the baby powder cancer MDL, according to recent reports.

IMPORTANT: If you’ve been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, endometrial ovarian cancer, or mesothelioma after using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder, talk with our baby powder cancer lawyers today for a FREE consultation on your eligibility for a talcum powder lawsuit. Call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your claim for the talcum powder MDL.

Talcum Powder MDL

Multi-district litigation, otherwise known as an MDL, is a legal mechanism used to combine multiple related cases into a streamlined process for litigation. In an MDL such as the talcum powder MDL, plaintiffs’ claims remain separate, but their interests are represented by a court-appointed team of co-counsel attorneys. Each plaintiff, however, retains his or her own attorney.

Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder MDL and Baby Powder Lawsuits - Riddle & BrantleyThe Johnson & Johnson talcum powder MDL is based in the U.S. District of New Jersey, with District Judge Freda L. Wolfson presiding over the litigation.

If a potential “global settlement” is reached with Johnson & Johnson, compensation for plaintiffs in the MDL will be determined individually based on the specific injuries and strength of their cases.

In MDLs such as the one for Johnson & Johnson talcum powder cancer claims, plaintiffs’ settlements are often calculated based on a “tier” that is determined by the specific facts and circumstances of their individual cases.

While there are no guarantees in any case, legal analysts anticipate potentially significant settlements in these lawsuits. Potential total compensation may reach into the billions of dollars.

What’s Happening with Baby Powder Lawsuits?

Many individual cases have already gone to trial, and Johnson & Johnson has suffered several significant setbacks in talcum powder cancer cases. Currently, the talcum powder MDL is in the discovery stage, meaning that both plaintiffs and the defense are in the process of gathering evidence.

Judge Wolfson has also selected 1,000 cases from the MDL pool for “bellwether” discovery.

Plaintiffs selected for this discovery stage must produce:

  • A verified Plaintiff Profile Form
  • Complete medical records related to their talcum powder cancer claim, including all medical records related to their ovarian cancer, endometrial ovarian cancer, or mesothelioma diagnosis

“When Will the Talcum Powder MDL Lawsuits Go to Trial?”

Do I Qualify for the Talcum Powder MDL or Baby Powder Lawsuits - Riddle & BrantleyAs of October 2020, multiple cases from the talcum powder MDL have been remanded to other jurisdictions for “bellwether” trials, the first of which is set to begin in St. Louis in early 2021. According to reports, other bellwether trials are being scheduled in jurisdictions in Georgia, Florida, and New Jersey.

“Bellwether” trials involve a small group of cases selected from the MDL pool, and their outcomes are generally regarded as indicators of how an MDL may ultimately settle or resolve through verdicts.

In previous lawsuits separate from the MDL, Johnson & Johnson has suffered significant legal setbacks including jury verdicts awarding millions of dollars to victims who allegedly suffered from cancer due to Johnson & Johnson asbestos-contaminated baby powder.

Johnson & Johnson’s Defense

Johnson & Johnson continues to maintain that its talc-based Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products are safe. In April 2020, the company filed a motion to prevent scientific experts from testifying about asbestos contamination in baby powder and related cancer risks, but the motion was denied by Judge Wolfson.

Since the 1970s, studies have consistently determined that asbestos contamination in talcum powder may cause cancer, particularly when the talc-based powder is used in the genital area.

Do You Qualify for a Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuit?

Currently, those who have been diagnosed with the following cancers may be eligible to file a baby powder lawsuit and join the talcum powder MDL:

If you’ve been diagnosed with any of these types of cancer after using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower talc-based powder, you may be entitled to compensation — call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE consultation with our experienced product liability lawyers. 

There is no obligation and you won’t pay a dime in attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive financial compensation in a potential baby powder cancer settlement.

Please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the easy form below for a FREE, no-obligation consultation concerning a potential talcum powder lawsuit and to see if you qualify for the Johnson & Johnson baby powder cancer MDL.

“This settlement changed me and my family’s lives.”

Linda B., Riddle & Brantley client

Riddle & Brantley is Committed to Justice for You and Your Loved Ones

If you’re seeking representation in a potential baby powder cancer claim, consider the talcum powder attorneys at Riddle & Brantley. Since 1985, our product liability lawyers have been holding potentially negligent manufacturers accountable for possibly dangerous products like asbestos-contaminated Johnson & Johnson baby powder.

Our team is led by attorney Gene Riddle, who has been recognized for his experience and results by such preeminent legal organizations as:

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent rating)
  • Super Lawyers

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Attorneys - Riddle & BrantleyAttorney Riddle is also the recipient of the 2014 Litigator Award (see disclaimer below).

In more than 35 years serving injured victims, we’ve recovered millions of dollars in compensation for deserving clients (see disclaimer below).

If you’ve been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, endometrial ovarian cancer, or mesothelioma after using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower talc-based powder, don’t wait — call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE, no-obligation claim investigation.

You may qualify for a Johnson & Johnson lawsuit and be eligible for the MDL. You deserve justice and may be entitled to compensation.

“They turned a heartbreaking situation completely around.”

Tonya Taylor, Riddle & Brantley client

Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your claim.

Justice Counts for those injured due to manufacturers’ potential negligence and we would love to help you and your loved ones get justice if we can.


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