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Talc-Cancer Lawsuits Mount Against Johnson & Johnson

Talc-Cancer Lawsuits Mount Against Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson continues to be hit with verdicts in cancer cases flowing from exposure to its baby powder that contained talc.

A recent $72 Million verdict awarded to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer and  had used Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder containing talc has resulted in over 4,000 lawsuits against the company. The lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson was negligent in not warning consumers that talc was a cancer causing substance. Baby Powder is considered a cosmetic and not subject to regulation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Talc is a soft mineral like asbestos, a known carcinogen. Talc has been associated with mesothelioma, a fatal and rare cancer.

Bloomberg News reported the increase in lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson:

“More than 1,000 women and their families are suing J&J and Imerys [ a talc supplier], claiming the companies have known of the association with ovarian cancer for years and failed to warn them. The next trial is scheduled to begin on April 11 in a St. Louis circuit court. ‘Whether or not the science indicates that Baby Powder is a cause of ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson has a very significant breach of trust,’ says Julie Hennessy, a marketing professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. ‘In trying to protect this one business, they’ve put the whole J&J brand at risk.’”

“Johnson & Johnson has a Baby Powder problem, More than 100 Women Are Suing the Company for Covering Up A Cancer Risk."

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