BREAKING NEWS: JANUARY 30th, 2023 - The Third Circuit on Monday dismissed the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Johnson & Johnson's talc unit that used a controversial "Texas two-step" maneuver holding that the company was not in financial distress and lacked the required good faith to commence its bankruptcy case.  The unanimous ruling is a rebuke to the emerging corporate restructuring strategy and reopens the Courts injured victims of Johnson and Johnson's talc powder products.

lawyer Matthew Marin working on a Johnson and Johnson talcum powder lawsuit Diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer After Using J&J Talc Powder?


BREAKING NEWS: JANUARY 30th, 2023 – The Third Circuit on Monday dismissed the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Johnson & Johnson’s talc unit that used a controversial “Texas two-step” maneuver holding that the company was not in financial distress and lacked the required good faith to commence its bankruptcy case.  The unanimous ruling is a rebuke to the emerging corporate restructuring strategy and reopens the Courts injured victims of Johnson and Johnson’s talc powder products.

If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma or ovarian cancer after using talcum powder or talc based products, contact the aggressive defective product firm of Marin and Barrett, Inc. to find out how we can help.  Talcum Powder Attorney Marin has been top ranked by the SuperLawyers organization as a “Rising Star” and now a “SuperLawyer” from 2014 through 2022. Call to schedule a free, no obligation case evaluation today. We are available 24/7 at (888) 348-2735 to take your call and stand ready to fight for the justice and compensation and deserve.

There has been a recent groundswell of Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuits filed nationwide claiming that talcum powder manufacturers knew about the risks of ovarian cancer, asbestos exposure, and mesothelioma associated with the use of their talc products, yet failed to inform the public. Many of these products are still readily available for sale and use without any type of warning. Here at Marin and Barrett, Inc., our Talcum Powder Lawyers help those injured by talcum based products recover compensation for the problems they have caused. Tragically, many of those harmed by these products have suffered with ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, or other form of cancer after repeated use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder.


The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a final appeal from Johnson & Johnson, allowing a $2.1 billion baby powder cancer verdict against the company to stand, numerous news outlets have reported. Last week’s denial ends Johnson & Johnson’s attempts to overturn a record $4.7 billion 2018 verdict in favor of 22 women who claimed that talc in the company’s baby powder was contaminated with asbestos and caused their ovarian cancer.

If you or a loved one have been adversely affected by the use of talcum powder, call the Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Attorneys at Marin and Barrett, Inc. today at (888) 348-2735 for a free, no obligation consultation. We can help with your talc-based baby powder cancer lawsuit.

On May 19th 2020, Johnson and Johnson announced that it will discontinue making its baby powder products due to a decline in sales and mounting talc lawsuits.

J&J Talc Powder Cancer Lawsuits

For decades, talcum powder, or “talc,” has been used by millions to combat such issues such as excessive moisture, sweat, and skin itchiness. Often referred to as “baby powder,” talc was touted by its manufacturers as a safe and effective hygiene product and was specifically marketed for use by woman and young children. However, studies over the years have shown that consistent use of talc may lead to severe health complications such as ovarian cancer, mesothelioma, and other medical problems.

As far back as the 1970s, companies like Johnson & Johnson were aware of the dangers talc posed due to potential asbestos contamination in talc particles. A report published in 2018 indicated that Johnson & Johnson was aware of detectible amounts of asbestos particles contained in of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powders. Then in October of 2019 Johnson & Johnson issued a recall of their talcum powder due to the potential of trace amounts of asbestos contamination before discontinuing its sale for good in May of 2020.


Talcum powder is a product that consists of several different chemicals that, when combined together, create a powder that is both absorbent and deodorant, and can reduce friction between skin and clothing. This powder is sold over the counter as a topical treatment for itchiness, rash, and excess moisture of the skin, as well as for use with diapers, sanitary napkins, and feminine hygiene products. While talcum powder is certainly effective for those treatments and has sold well for decades, its continued use on or near the genitals can lead to dangerous and sometimes fatal health complications.

“Genital use of talc, either alone or in combination with body use, was associated with elevated epithelial ovarian cancer risk” according to a 2016 Harvard Medical School research article

Scientists and medical professionals have been researching the links between talcum powder usage and cancers for decades. While the research is ongoing and the results are mixed, some of the figures are alarming. In studies connecting the use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer, it is suspected that talc applied near the vagina either topically or via a contraceptive device can travel through the uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovaries. Over extended periods of use the talc can build up internally creating conditions such as tissue inflammation that can lead to the formation of cancerous cells and cancerous tumors.


Many trusted medical and infectious disease organizations warn of the extended use of talcum powder and the associated cancer risks. The American Cancer Society suggests that the use of a talcum powder may present a heightened risk of ovarian cancer amongst users, while the World Health Organization considers talc to be a potentially cancer-causing carcinogen.

Personal hygiene use, specifically feminine hygiene, of talcum powder was associated with a “20 to 30 percent increased risk in developing ovarian cancer” according to a study of over 8,525 cases published in Cancer Prevention Research.


The studies between the use of talc and ovarian cancer date as far back as 1971, but have started to yield particularly troubling data within the last decade. A 2016 study spearheaded by a Harvard epidemiologist found that women who used talcum powder had nearly double the risk of ovarian cancer when compared to non-users. Another 2016 study found that African-American women who used the powder frequently faced an ovarian cancer risk up to 44% higher than those that did not use talc. Two additional studies showed heightened risks of 33% and 20-30% of ovarian cancer in talc users.

Given the difficult in tracing its routes and the different ways it can affect those afflicted, cancer is incredibly difficult to research. Like any other scientific or medical field, every set of research has its own detractors, and talc is no different. Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers have continuously denied that their products are unsafe to use as directed. But what is clear is that there is enough of a link between talc usage and ovarian cancer and mesothelioma that lawsuits have started to pop up nationwide – many with great success.

If you or a loved one have been adversely affected by the use of talcum powder, call the Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit Attorneys at Marin and Barrett, Inc. today at (888) 348-2735 for a free, no obligation consultation. We can help with your talc powder products cancer lawsuit.


Talcum powder cases can be connected to a number of leading brands nationwide. Companies facing talc-based powder lawsuits and mesothelioma lawsuits based on asbestos-contaminated talc powder include:

  • Johnson and Johnson; Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder; Johnson & Johnson’s shower products;
  • McKesson Baby Powder;
  • Gold Bond Medicated Powder;
  • Imerys Talc (talc mining companies);
  • Mennen by Colgate-Palmolive;
  • Shower to Shower;
  • Nivea Pure Talc;
  • Clubman Pinaud Tauc.


With so many instances of ovarian cancer, fallopian cancer, and mesothelioma attributed to the use of talcum body powders, thousands of injured plaintiffs across the country have filed baby powder lawsuits. These plaintiffs are seeking damages for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In the most tragic of cases loved ones are filing wrongful death claims on behalf of relatives who died as a result of talcum powder related injuries. The lawsuits have been filed primarily against Johnson & Johnson, but other defendants nationwide include: Colgate-Palmolive; Imerys Talc North America; Gold Bond; Nivea; McKesson; and Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

Recent Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer Verdicts

$4.69 Billion Verdict

On July 12th, 2018, a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.69 billion in damages to 22 women and their families based on their use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder and its link to ovarian cancer.

$417 Million Verdict

On August 21st, 2017, a Los Angeles jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a 52 year old woman that had used their talc-based baby powder on her genitals for feminine hygiene purposes for more than 40 years and was later diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

$750 Million Verdict

On February 6th, 2020, a New Jersey jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $750 million in damages to 4 people who alleged their use of talcum powder caused a rare cancer.

Currently there are over 16,000 talc powder lawsuits pending in a single federal jurisdiction and hundreds more filed in state courts nationwide. While many of these lawsuits are in the various stages of litigation, many have already been decided in favor of injured plaintiffs due to the fact that J&J hid the health risks from their customers. While not every case us ultimately successful, many of the cases where the companies are found to be liable come with incredibly high damage jury awards. In 2016, three separate juries awarded damages in the amounts of $72 million (Jacqueline Fox), $70 million, and $55 million to three different plaintiffs in talc products cases. The following year a jury awarded $110 million to another woman who had suffered catastrophic health problems after using talc-containing products.  To date, billions of dollars in damages have been awarded by juries across the country due to talcum powder exposure.

Over 16,000 talcum powder lawsuits nationwide

An ovarian cancer diagnosis, suffered by thousands of women, is catastrophic and the jury verdicts in these baby powder lawsuits nationwide speak volumes about the manufacturers and their liability. Many cases wind up settling prior to trial and include non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements that prohibit releasing the dollar amounts, totaling millions of dollars. Many other cases wind up going to trial and reaching a jury verdict which sometimes include a punitive damages award due to the fact that J&J knew of the potential risks and hid them from the public.

In addition to awards for individuals who have developed ovarian cancer, many current lawsuits have claimed that plaintiffs have contracted mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos-contaminated talc. As recently as two years ago juries awarded over $153 million dollars to plaintiffs who suffered from mesothelioma as a result of frequent talc use. In 2019, a jury in New Jersey found for plaintiffs who were alleged to have developed mesothelioma after repeated exposure to Johnson’s Baby Powder; the jury awarded them $37.2 million.

In May of 2019 a Jury Awarded a NY Woman $25 Million in Compensatory Damages and $300 Million in Punitive Damages because Johnson & Johnson Asbestos-Contaminated Talcum Powder and Baby Powder Caused Her to Develop Mesothelioma

The companies that make these products fight tooth and nail every step of the way to avoid liability, bad publicity, and legal costs. Notwithstanding the scientific studies linking its product to cancer and mesothelioma to such a level that they fully discontinued Johnson’s baby powder in May of 2020, Johnson & Johnson still insists that the product is safe to use.

Johnson & Johnson to End Talc-Based Baby Powder Sales in North AmericaThe company has faced thousands of lawsuits from cancer patients who claim that its talc was contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen, and that the company knew of the risksMay 19th, 2020 New York Times Article

With so many instances of individuals harmed by talc powder products and the unwillingness of the manufacturers to take responsibility to warn the public of the increase in risk, it is unlikely that these ovarian cancer lawsuits will stop any time soon. If you or a loved one has become injured or developed cancer after using talcum products such as Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, do not hesitate, call the talcum powder injury attorneys at Marin and Barrett, Inc. today, the consultation is confidential and of absolutely no cost to you.


You do not need to take on the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson alone.  If you or a loved one has developed ovarian cancer, fallopian cancer, or mesothelioma and believe that talcum powder may be responsible call us today. Our personal injury lawyers examine talcum powder claims for free and at no obligation to you and can provide you the legal advice you need to determine whether you have a J&J baby powder claim. The call, consultation, and information are no-obligation and completely confidential. We work with and among some of the most regarded professionals in the industry all in the interest of getting you everything you deserve for your damages.  Don’t let Johnson & Johnson off the hook when they knew that their cosmetic products had a high risk of cancer in women.

At Marin and Barrett, Inc. we believe in a fully transparent fee structure. We work on a strictly contingency fee basis, meaning that we do not receive anything from you unless we are able to recover money for you either by settlement or verdict. Regardless of what type of case you have or what is required, you will know everything up front with no surprises. We shoulder the costs of the filing and litigation on your behalf and at no risk to you.

Call our talcum powder attorneys at Marin and Barrett, Inc. today at (888) 348-2735 to schedule your free consultation, it only takes a few moments and there is no obligation.  Don’t delay, there may be a statute of limitations which could prevent you from pursuing talcum powder litigation if you wait too long. Get help taking legal action today!