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Rio Tinto Mining Company Added To Talcum Powder Lawsuits

The Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline keeps you updated on all the latest news relating to  the Talcum Powder Lawsuits. We all know that Johnson and Johnson is the manufacturer or Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower and that lawsuits are being filed against them for ovarian cancer from the use of their Talcum Powder products. But, where do they get the talc from? Is it the responsibility of the mining company to warn as well?

In a recent talcum powder lawsuit Rio Tinto is now being sued for talcum powder sourced from their mines causing ovarian cancer.

Johnson & Johnson is the owner of Rio Tinto Minerals Inc. Yes, more Johnson and Johnson but, now we are getting to the source as the lawsuits go even deeper into the negligence.  The Louisiana lawsuit has been filed  by four women with cancer and the husband of a woman who died from ovarian cancer.

This is the fist lawsuit to include the mining company Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto Minerals’ subsidiary at the time Luzenac America is also named in the case as having mined the “talc at issue” which was used to manufacture Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.
The lawsuits for after all three companies for “failing  to inform its customers and end users of its products of a known catastrophic health hazard associated with the use of its products”.

“All of the defendants have been aware for nearly forty years of independent scientific studies linking the use of their products to the increased risk of ovarian cancer in women when used in the perineal area,” the documents state.

“Luzenac America Inc and Rio Tinto Minerals Inc supply customers with materials safety data sheets for talc.”

“These material safety data sheets are supposed to convey adequate health and warning information.”

This is a major new step in the ovarian cancer- Talcum Powder litigation and means a much deeper pocket for victims to tap into. We may be looking at the largest mass tort ever.

 

 

Talc, Talcum Powder , Baby Powder Lawyers For Ovarian Cancer

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline has a Network of Talc, Talcum Powder and Baby Powder lawyers. The helpline is receiving calls from woman on a daily basis between the ages of 40 and 66.  It  becomes apparent that the current  surge in ovarian cancer fit  in the exact  age groups of thousands of women who used Talcum Powder on a daily basis in the 60’s – 80’s. It also becomes apparent that the J & J focus on the Hispanic and Afro American community in their marketing can be seen in the numbers of women with an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

The  Ovarian Cancer Age Statistics
Ovarian cancer rates are highest in women aged 55-64 years. The median age at which women are diagnosed is 63, meaning that half of women are younger than 63 when diagnosed with ovarian cancer and half are older.

Explore The History

In the 1990s Johnson and Johnson increased   marketing to African-American and Hispanic women. Studies show a 44 person increased risk for epithelial ovarian cancer with genital talc use among African-American women.  Imerys Talc America, the supplier of talc to Johnson and Johnson, has carried a warning label against genital use on its 2,000-pound supply bags since 2006.

About Talc

Talc is  a mineral substance that’s either mined or produced. It  is used in different  cosmetic and beauty products. It can be found in baby powders.  It can sometimes be contaminated with asbestos. There are many company’s now manufacturing talc free products for a reason.  Even Johnson & Johnson  has been manufacturing new ” safe”  products with cornstarch, silk powders, and finely milled oats.

Symptoms Of  Ovarian Cancer

Abdominal distension
Urinary frequency
Abdominal pain
Postmenopausal bleeding
Loss of appetite
Rectal bleeding
Abdominal bloating

If you or a family member now has a diagnosis of ovarian cancer and used Baby Powder, Talcum Powder or Talc Powder on a daily basis contact the Talcum Powder Helpline.

What Is Talcum Powder?

What is Talcum Powder?
Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products.

In its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled (see our document Asbestos). All talcum products used in homes in the United States have been asbestos-free since the 1970s.

Talc, from which talcum powder is developed has been used by women to dry off in the pelvic area on a daily basis. New research links talc to ovarian cancer, and women are  filing Talcum Powder lawsuits against the manufacturers.

Who would believe it. Johnson and Johnson baby talcum  powder lawsuits for ovarian cancer. Yes it is true.  Contact the Talcum Powder-Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Helpline today.

J & J Seeking A Consolidated MDL For Baby Powder Lawsuits

J&J Wants Talcum Powder Lawsuits Consolidated

The fact that J & J is seeking consolidation would imply they think 1000’s of lawsuits are coming.  Given that ovarian cancer is on the rise we can see the concern. After all, how many women used and are still using their talc product down there.

The Consolidation of Talcum Powder ovarian cancer lawsuits  helps them  move more efficiently.  Johnson & Johnson has over 1000  talc lawsuits filed against them and we think the numbers will increase. The 72 million settlement is putting women on the alert.

There are 87 cases are pending under the same judge, and Johnson & Johnson has requested that the remaining similar 16 cases be consolidated in that jurisdiction. The lawyers will fight it out.

Multidistrict litigation is a procedure utilized in the federal court system to transfer  all pending civil cases of a similar type filed throughout the United States to one judge in one jurisdiction. This is usual and customary in mass torts and dangerous drugs and medical devices effecting large groups like Talcum Powder. The decision whether cases should be transferred is made by a panel of seven federal judges appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation meets periodically to review requests that cases be consolidated for pretrial matters pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1407,a law passed by Congress. Although the panel meets in different cities in the United States on a periodic basis, the Clerk of the Panel is permanently stationed in Washington, D.C. Your case will be filed in the state chosen by a multi district litigation panel. For instance, the current vaginal mesh lawsuits have been consolidated in West Virginia under Judge Goodwin.( also Johnson and Johnson ) You do not have to go to the state where the lawsuit is consolidated in. A multi district litigation is not a type of class action. Although class actions may be transferred to an MDL consolidation in the same manner as single plaintiff cases. However, for cases to be treated as proper for an MDL consolidation the panel must find they have one or more common questions of fact. Since commonality is also an required element for a class action, class actions are frequently litigated in MDL proceedings.

Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits Will Soar  and Baby Powder Is Big Business

Sales of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products came to about $374 million in 2014, according to Euromonitor. That’s not essential to a $70 billion company that makes most of its money selling medical devices and drugs. But without Baby Powder, J&J may not have developed Baby Oil or Baby Shampoo nor have a baby division worth some $2 billion. Baby Powder’s value to the company extends well beyond sales.

We are receiving calls on a daily basis from women who think their ovarian cancer diagnosis is from their using Baby Powder for years. J&J is facing more then  1,200 claims on behalf of women with ovarian cancer. Callers tell us that they believe that  genital dusting  of  talc powders gave them this feared and often  fatal disease. Johnson & Johnson is no different then the tobacco companies that knew about research linking smoking to lung cancer but kept this information from the public and fought attempts to regulate their product.

1,000’s of New Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuits Expected
Johnson’s Baby Powder, by Johnson & Johnson,
Shower to Shower, by Valeant Pharmaceuticals,
Baby Magic Baby Powder

Additional lawsuits are expected against  Shower To Shower. Other products may be added to the list as this next “big one”  harming women develops lining up with Vaginal Mesh and Dow Corning Breast Implants.

 

FDA’s Responsibility In Monitoring Talcum Powder Products

Talcum Powder- Baby Powder  lawyers  discuss FDA and Talcum Powder Warnings

Could The FDA issued a warning regarding Talcum Powder and the link to ovarian cancer?

The Maharashtra state Food and Drug Administration has  collected Johnson’s and Johnson’s baby powder samples for lab testing. This action was taken after taking a cue from the death of a 62-year-old woman in America, which is believed to be due to sustained use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. She passed away due to ovarian cancer.

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given J & J a notice  following a U.S. court’s verdict that awarded $72 million to a 62-year-old woman’s family after she died of cancer due to prolonged use of the company’s talcum powder.

The The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration- FDA has collected samples of Shower to Shower, Dermicool, Ponds and Nycil talcum powder brands besides J&J from across Maharashtra and sent them to the laboratory to check if they follow the rules laid down under the Drug and Cosmetic Act.

The FDA In The United States

What Is The FDA’s authority over cosmetic safety
Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), cosmetic products and ingredients, with the exception of color additives, do not have to undergo FDA review or approval before they go on the market. Cosmetics must be properly labeled, and they must be safe for use by consumers under labeled or customary conditions of use. Cosmetic companies have a legal responsibility for the safety and labeling of their products and ingredients, but the law does not require them to share their safety information with FDA.

FDA monitors for potential safety problems with cosmetic products on the market and takes action when needed to protect public health. Before we can take such action against a cosmetic, we need sound scientific data to show that it is harmful under its intended use.

Talc: What it is and how it is used in cosmetics
Talc is a naturally occurring mineral, mined from the earth, composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen. Chemically, talc is a hydrous magnesium silicate with a chemical formula of Mg3Si4O10(OH)2.

Talc has many uses in cosmetics and other personal care products; in food, such as rice and chewing gum; and in the manufacture of tablets. For example, it may be used to absorb moisture, to prevent caking, to make facial makeup opaque, or to improve the feel of a product.

Asbestos: What it is, why it’s a concern, and how to prevent its occurrence in cosmetics
Asbestos is also a naturally occurring silicate mineral, but with a different crystal structure. Both talc and asbestos are naturally occurring minerals that may be found in close proximity in the earth. Unlike talc, however, asbestos is a known carcinogen. For this reason, FDA considers it unacceptable for cosmetic talc to be contaminated with asbestos.

However the FDA has not issued any warnings regarding talc or talcum powder and despite the research showing that there may be a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, the Food and Drug Administration is taking no action.

There has been studies  going back to the 1960s that  suggest a possible link between the use of powders containing talc and the incidence of ovarian cancer.  Questions about the potential contamination of talc with asbestos have been raised since the 1970s.

To prevent contamination of talc with asbestos, it is essential to select talc mining sites carefully and take steps to purify the ore sufficiently.

How FDA followed up on the latest reports
Because safety questions about the possible presence of asbestos in talc are raised periodically, FDA decided to conduct an exploratory survey of currently marketed cosmetic-grade raw material talc, as well as some cosmetic products containing talc.

Because FDA’s cosmetic laboratories do not have the equipment needed to perform the analyses, we searched for a qualified outside laboratory to do the work. We contracted with AMA Analytical Services, Inc. (AMA) of Lanham, MD to conduct this laboratory survey, based on demonstrated experience with asbestos analysis in complex matrices, appropriate facilities, equipment, personnel, analytical strategy, and budget criteria. The study ran from September 28, 2009 to September 27, 2010.

How the survey was conducted
The first step was to identify cosmetic talc suppliers and talc-containing cosmetic products. We found seven talc suppliers identified in the 2008 edition of the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook and two more by searching online. The contract laboratory contacted each supplier to request samples of its talc. Of the nine suppliers identified, four complied with the request.

We found talc-containing cosmetic products to analyze by visiting various retail outlets in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The samples identified for testing included low, medium, and high priced products, along with some from “niche” markets, in order to cover as broad a product range as possible. A total of thirty-four cosmetic products containing talc were selected, including eye shadow, blush, foundation, face powder, and body powder. All cosmetic products were purchased from retail stores in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

The contract laboratory analyzed the samples using polarized light microscopy (PLM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods published by the New York State Department of Health, Environmental Laboratory Approval Program. Each sample was analyzed three times using both methods.

The results of FDA’s survey and what they mean
The survey found no asbestos fibers or structures in any of the samples of cosmetic-grade raw material talc or cosmetic products containing talc. The results were limited, however, by the fact that only four talc suppliers submitted samples and by the number of products tested. For these reasons, while FDA finds these results informative, they do not prove that most or all talc or talc-containing cosmetic products currently marketed in the United States are likely to be free of asbestos contamination. “As always, when potential public health concerns are raised, we will continue to monitor for new information and take appropriate actions to protect the public health.”

 

 

Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit Won

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Alert

A jury awarded $72 million  verdict against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn a woman of a potential cancer risk from using talcum powder.  This raises  questions about the safety his household name women have used for years for feminine hygiene.

Jurors in St. Louis awarded the money to the family of a woman who said her fatal ovarian cancer was due to using the company’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower powder for decades.

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Johnson & Johnson offered a written statement that the verdict “goes against decades of sound science proving the safety of talc as a cosmetic ingredient in multiple products,” citing research by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and National Cancer Institute, the Associated Press reported.

What Is Talc?

Talc, used to make talcum powder, is a mineral that absorbs moisture, which helps to keep skin dry and prevent rashes. In addition to baby powder, it’s also used in a wide range of toiletries and cosmetics, including eye shadow and facial powder. Talc in its natural form contains asbestos, a known carcinogen, but all consumer goods containing talc have been free of asbestos since the 1970s, according to the American Cancer Society.

Do Talcum Powder Studies Say  RISK ?

However, studies since the 1980s have suggested a possible increased risk for ovarian cancer if talcum powder is regularly used in the genital area or on underwear, sanitary napkins, diaphragms or condoms. The concern is that talc could reach the ovaries through the vaginal opening and cause inflammation, a risk factor for cancer. It’s a theory that is “scientifically plausible” but hasn’t yet been proven, one cancer expert told Reuters.

Because research results have been mixed, the cancer society recommends that those concerned about a risk use cornstarch-based powder instead. “There is no evidence at this time linking cornstarch powders with any form of cancer,” the group says. Johnson & Johnson also sells a baby powder made with cornstarch.

Talcum Powder Lawsuits Are Piling Up

The company is facing about 1,200 similar suits from women claiming the company knew of the risk from talc and failed to warn consumers. The verdict in the St. Louis case is the first time a jury has awarded damages, Bloomberg Business reported. A 2013 case in North Dakota found that the company’s talc-based powder contributed to a woman’s ovarian cancer, but no damages were awarded.

If you think you have gotten  ovarian cancer from Talcum Powder call the Talcum Powder Lawsuit Helpline