Johnson & Johnson, Imery’s Talc America, and the Rite Aid drug store chain are the defendants named in the Talcum Powder lawsuit that went to trial on May 14 in South Carolina’s Darlington County Court of Common Pleas. The lawsuit was filed by the family of Bertila Boyd-Bostic and claims that the talc present as an ingredient in J&J's Baby Powder contained asbestos and the life-long use of this brand of talcum by Bertila Boyd-Bostic led to her diagnosis of pericardial mesothelioma in 2016 and eventually to her death in 2017. The lawsuit claims that the defendants have known for decades that the Talcum Powder was contaminated with asbestos and they purposely concealed that information and failed to warn the consumers.
More than 6,600 talcum powder ovarian lawsuits are filed on behalf of women alleging that the long-term use of talc products for maintaining feminine hygiene caused ovarian cancer. Since February 2016, $55 million to $417 million verdict amounts have been awarded to plaintiffs in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder ovarian litigation.