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Major lawsuit in California alleging cancer caused by Roundup

Many chemical products in the United States do not receive adequate long-term testing before becoming publicly available. Basic safety testing often only looks at the short-term health impacts of new products and chemicals. Years later, it may become obvious that these new products actually pose significant public health risks. The popular plant-killing chemical called Roundup, also known as glyphosate, is one such product.

For a long time, the company that created the compound, Monsanto, has maintained that it is safe for use on crops and for exposure in humans. However, an increasing number of cases link the popular weed-killing chemicals to serious cancers in humans. For those who have developed these cancers with no other explanation, it may be possible to hold the manufacturer liable for the dangers caused by this veggie herbicide.

Missouri talc powder suit has 22 plaintiffs seeking compensation

Since the beginning of 2018, the American judicial system has seen a marked increase in the number of talc-related cancer lawsuits. Some of these lawsuits target manufacturers, claiming that talcum powders sold to consumers actually had contamination from asbestos. Johnson & Johnson is one company that has already faced, and lost, a number of lawsuits related to contaminated talc powders and the potential link to cancer.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen that is linked to several kinds of cancer, including the incredibly aggressive and deadly cancer mesothelioma. In nature, deposits of talc and asbestos often occur in close proximity to one another. Chemical testing by some labs has shown asbestos contamination in baby powders as well as makeup marketed to teenagers.

California still not labeling Roundup as a potential carcinogen

In many regards, California leads environmental policy in the United States. Steps that they take toward both policy and safety are often replicated in other states and even at the federal level over time. California takes its responsibilities to its citizens very seriously. They have stricter environmental, chemical and labeling regulations than any other state.

Products that are freely sold in other states may have to carry a label in California acknowledging the risk for cancer or other medical issues as a result of consumer exposure. California also has more strict limits on the use of certain materials like formaldehyde in flooring materials. However, a recent court ruling out of California could impact people in that state and others who are pushing back against Roundup. Some link this popular plant-killing compound with certain cancers.

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $25.75 million over talc claims

Research has long linked the aggressive and fatal cancer called mesothelioma to asbestos exposure. This cancer affects the lining of the organs and can cause debilitating pain as it progresses. Mesothelioma is particularly insidious, in part because it takes so long to develop. People with mesothelioma may not get diagnosed until years or decades after their exposure.

Many people who worked in industrial settings have had to face a mesothelioma diagnosis later in their retirement years. Those who work in manufacturing, mining, construction and even vehicle repair could have had dangerous levels of exposure. The same is often true for their spouses.

Swimsuit models act like asbestos is a joke

Asbestos is deadly. It causes a horrible, aggressive form of cancer called mesothelioma. The fatality rates remain high, despite treatment options. Every year, around 15,000 people in the United States die from cancer or other diseases that link back to asbestos.

Just do not tell the advertising company working with Snickers and Sports Illustrated. That agency apparently thinks that asbestos is a joke, and they used swimsuit models to act it out.

Johnson & Johnson attempts to defend against asbestos claims

For decades, people have turned to talcum powder, also called baby powder, to keep the bottoms of young children dry. Some people also apply the powder to their underwear or genitals to reduce sweat or odor. In recent years, however, this practice has come under fire as potentially dangerous. Some evidence indicates higher rates of ovarian cancers in baby powder users.

Many people believe that the likely culprit for this increased cancer risk is due to asbestos contamination of baby powders. In recent months, major talcum powder brands, including Johnson & Johnson (J&J) have faced lawsuits from people with cancers potentially related to asbestos contamination. J &J is now attempting to defend its product and brand in court.

VA hospital may have exposed employees and patients to asbestos

For decades, American workers ranging from automobile mechanics to construction workers suffered from exposure to a deadly compound. Once medical science tied asbestos to serious and often fatal cancers like mesothelioma, however, laws changed to mandate worker protection in the presence of this dangerous but commonly used resource.

Due, in no small part, to rising cultural awareness of the danger involved with asbestos, more stories keep coming out about dangerous exposure to this known carcinogen. Most recently, asbestos has made the front pages again due to allegations that a Massachusetts veteran's hospital knew about asbestos risks and did nothing. Inaction for years may have exposed countless workers and veterans in need of medical care to this dangerous substance.

Is It Time To Move Forward With Your Talcum Powder Claim?

Here at The Law Offices of Wallace & Graham, we recently provided a white paper online addressing the recent cases exploring a potential connection between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. In that paper, we emphasize the importance of understanding those cases properly. What do they say? Equally important, what do they not say? 

Does Talc Cause Cancer?

To help answer questions currently circulating about a possible connection between talc and ovarian cancer, our firm, Wallace & Graham, has published a SlideShare presentation for our white paper entitled, "Beyond The Headlines: What Do The Talcum Powder Cases Really Say?"

The notion that baby powder causes ovarian cancer gets attention. Recent cases have been filed against Johnson & Johnson around the country, claiming that the talc used in Johnson & Johnson's baby powder has caused ovarian cancer. Also catching eyes are the nine-figure awards for plaintiffs.

Jury awards $117 million in asbestos baby powder lawsuit in N.J.

Over the last few years, there has been a stark increase in the number of lawsuits filed related to talcum powders. These popular bath and beauty powders are often used on babies' bottoms to prevent diaper rash.

Women have also historically used this powder in their undergarments or directly on their genitals to reduce moisture and prevent odor. Newer evidence indicates that this could be a dangerous practice.


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