About Talc Cases

There have been suspicions in the medical community for over 35 years that regular use of talcum powder by women, on the genitals area, can lead to a greater risk of ovarian cancer. There is scientific evidence that talc particles can travel through the vagina and into the fallopian tubes, increasing a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer.

Failure to Warn

The danger and prevalence of ovarian cancer caused by regular use of talcum powder is still a topic of debate and investigation. However, many believe the link has been clear enough for Johnson & Johnson, and other talcum powder manufacturers, to at least add a warning label to their talcum powder products. But they have chosen not to for fear of tarnishing the J&J brand, and their signature product.

Despite the potential danger, talcum powder manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson, have done nothing other then request additional evidence proving the link.


How Morelli Law Firm Can Help

The Morelli Law Firm is actively pursuing Talcum Powder cases for women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and have used Johnson & Johnson talcum powder regularly.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and have used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder® or Shower to Shower® for years, contact Morelli law Firm at 800-701-8800 for a free case evaluation. Our law firm is committed to protecting the rights of women and families who may have been harmed by dangerous talcum powder  products.

It will not cost you anything to discuss your situation. We work on a contingency basis. If there is no recovery, there is no attorney’s fee at all.

Two Successful Cases Support The Link Between Talc and Ovarian Cancer


History of the Link Between Talc and Ovarian Cancer

Talc is carcinogenic. One mine/company produces 95% of the Talc sold in the U.S. For years, when this company sold the Talc to Johnson & Johnson, it had an MSDS label affixed to its packaging, warning that occupational exposure can cause lung & ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson removes the Talc from the plastic bags in which it is packaged with the cancer warnings, adds approximately 1% fragrance, and puts it in plastic bottles marketed under the brands, Johnson’s Baby Powder® and Johnson’s Shower to Shower®.

Johnson & Johnson has talcum powder & corn starch powder. Only the talcum powder is bad. With long-term use as a feminine care/personal hygiene product, the talc fibers make their way up into the ovaries & can cause Ovarian cancer.

Once the cancerous ovaries are removed, voluminous talc fibers can be seen on the pathology. Most pathologists will not be looking for these fibers, so the medical report will not indicate that there are fibers. Accordingly, Morelli Law Firm will be reviewing the path slides & have them preliminarily reviewed, looking for fibers. If positive, we will then do further testing to confirm that they are, in fact, talc fibers.

15,000 women per year die of ovarian cancer & it’s estimated that at least 20+% of them have their cancer caused by talc. Perhaps the most convincing medical fact is that if one has had a tubal ligation (i.e. their tubes tied), the woman is at a 40% decreased chance of ovarian cancer.

There are multiple medical studies confirming the association, and the American Cancer Society says that there is a 30% increased risk of ovarian cancer associated with regular talc use. Condom & tampon manufacturers removed talc from their products years ago, because of the increased risk of ovarian cancer.

A 1971 study revealed that talc particles in the ovarian tissue show a link between talcum use and ovarian cancer. These were the initial findings in which medical professionals realized women were at risk when using powder on their genitals, on sanitary napkins, on diaphragms and in condoms. The study revealed that talc particles could easily make their way into the vagina, up the fallopian tubes into the reproductive organs.

Even with several medical studies completed over the years, by reputable professionals and organizations, talc mining companies and Johnson & Johnson refused to add any warning labels to their products. J&J has managed to keep all of its talcum products on the market, without any warning labels at all, since the first 1971 study showed this serious, and dangerous link.


Legal Documents

Below are links to actual documents from the February and May 2016 talcum powder lawsuits.

J & J Talc trial – Exhibit P-10
J & J Talc trial – Exhibit P-15
J & J Talc trial – Exhibit P-16
J & J Talc trial – Pltf Exhibit 17
J & J Talc trial – Pltf Exhibit 19
J & J Talc trial – Exhibit P-20
J & J Talc trial – Pltf Exhibit 21
J & J Talc trial – Pltf Exhibit 22
J & J talc trial – P-32