$29.4 Million Verdict against Talcum Powder

In a major win for victims of asbestos induced mesothelioma, a jury awarded a California couple $29.4 million against Johnson & Johnson. Teresa Leavitt proved to the jury that years of using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder caused her mesothelioma. The jury awarded $24.4 million directly to Leavitt and $5 million to her husband. The jury found Johnson & Johnson responsible for 98% of the damages Leavitt faced as a result of her cancer prognosis.

What is the Link between Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder and Mesothelioma?

Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder

Talcum powder is mainly used to prevent sweating that leads to skin rashes. Two of the most common uses of talcum powder are for baby and feminine hygiene. Talcum powder is made with talc, which is a soft mineral harvested in the same regions as asbestos. Asbestos is a natural fiber that when separated into particles becomes dangerous if inhaled by humans. Asbestos is linked to an increased risk of lung cancers like mesothelioma. It is a reasonable assumption that talc, mined in the same area of asbestos, may be contaminated with asbestos; making talcum powder dangerous to humans.

Raw Asbestos that is found in Talcum PowderJohnson & Johnson is one of the largest manufacturing companies of talcum powder in the world. The questions surrounding the safety of talcum powder led many, like Reuters, to investigate. Reuters discovered internal documents from Johnson & Johnson that showed levels of asbestos minerals in the talcum powder. This was especially true for talcum powder produced in the 1970’s which when tested revealed “rather high” levels of asbestos minerals in talcum powder. Ongoing lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson will continue to expose the danger of talcum powder. Unfortunately, these types of lawsuits can be complicated and costly, so it is best to ensure your chances of winning by contacting an experience talcum powder lawyer today.

Contact an Experienced Talcum Powder Lawyer

talcum powder lawyerIf you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma after using talcum powder, you may have a valid talcum powder lawsuit. You could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm works with experienced and knowledgeable talcum powder lawyers, who charge no legal fees unless you receive a settlement or award. Contact us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) legal evaluation.


  1. https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/14/health/johnson-and-johnson-baby-powder-cancer-verdict/index.html
  2. https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/johnsonandjohnson-cancer/
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Paul d’Oliveira

Attorney Paul d’Oliveira has been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. He started his personal injury law practice in 1989 with two offices in Fall River, MA and East Providence, RI. Today his firm has 16 offices in RI and Southeastern, MA.

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