Johnson & Johnson Halts Sales of Talc-based Baby Powder

Johnson Johnson Halts Sales of Talc based Baby Powder

After being ordered to pay billions of dollars related to lost legal battles concerning the product, Johnson & Johnson halted the sale of its talc-based baby powders. The baby powder will no longer be sold in the United States and Canada. The company made the announcement in May of 2020 and claimed that it was the result of a decrease in demand for the talc-based product. The company believes this decrease in demand is due in part to advertising relating to the safety of the product and potential lawsuits.

Baby Powder Lawsuits

In a special report in 2018, Reuters reported that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that its product contained asbestos. Reuters noted that from 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished products tested positive for small amounts of asbestos. The company was aware, and company executives, scientists, and lawyers fretted about it. However, there was no mention of the potentially dangerous nature of the product to consumers or regulators.

Asbestos is frequently present near underground talc. It is a substance that has been known to cause a lung cancer called mesothelioma. Johnson & Johnson baby powder was shown to have a link between long-term use of the product and the development of lung cancer. In addition, there is also evidence that the use of baby powder for personal hygiene could result in ovarian cancer.

Thousands of lawsuits have been filed across the country alleging that Johnson & Johnson baby powder was the cause of cancer in a number of victims. In 2018, a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay 22 women and their families $4.7 billion in damages finding that the baby powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. In 2019, a California woman who alleged that asbestos in the baby powder led her to develop mesothelioma was awarded $29 million in damages. Both of these cases are on appeal.

Contact an Experienced Product Liability Attorney

If you developed ovarian cancer or lung cancer after long term use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder, you should have an experienced product liability attorney evaluate your case. For over 20 years, Gregg Goldfarb has been helping the victims of dangerous products. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.

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