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In late 2018, a Reuters report alleged that Johnson & Johnson baby powder had – for decades – tested positive for asbestos. Numerous internal memos seemed to suggest executives’ concern over possible asbestos contamination at talc mines used by the company, and soon after the report was issued, Johnson & Johnson stock lost around 10% of its value. Not surprisingly, the company responded with an aggressive campaign aimed at convincing consumers (and J&J shareholders) that its products were safe, and that there was no safety-related cover-up. But the company still faces thousands of lawsuits linking its baby powder to asbestos-related illness, including several tying the products to ovarian cancer.
The asbestos industry manipulated medical research around its products and buried negative findings about asbestos and health as long as it could. The corporate cover-up of asbestos’ cancer-causing effects lasted well into the 1970s.
The talc industry played a role, too, by downplaying the danger of asbestos contamination in talc products.
In July 2019, the U.S. Justice Department launched a criminal investigation to determine if Johnson & Johnson purposefully misled the public about asbestos fibers in its talcum powder. Thousands of lawsuits have coincided with this latest probe of the pharmaceutical giant.
The justice department criminal investigation may take years to resolve and, unfortunately, could delay settlement in pending civil claims.
After great pressure from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Johnson & Johnson has voluntarily recalled a single batch of its baby powder, admitting trace amounts of asbestos in the product. The recall comes amid thousands of lawsuits alleging the company knew its baby powder was contaminated with asbestos, a carcinogen.
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As of late March, Johnson & Johnson faced 19,400 lawsuits related to talc body powders. If you or a loved one regularly used Johnson & Johnson baby powder and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you deserve highly experienced, compassionate representation. Contact Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, at 877-526-3457 or jandils.com. You can also fill out this form and we will respond to you shortly.
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