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Johnson & Johnson Talc Powder Lawsuits: What You Need to Know

You have probably seen Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder in the news recently, and for all the wrong reasons. Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is one of the leading baby powders in the market, and has been for decades. It has been used on and by most everyone in the United States at some point—making the recent news about cancer caused by the product all the more shocking.

Recent news articles have described how executives at Johnson & Johnson were aware for decades that the company’s baby powder could potentially be contaminated by asbestos. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, which means that it has a history of causing cancer. Talc, the main ingredient in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, is mined from underground locations, and asbestos often appears nearby underground talc mines.

The recent news coverage describes how Johnson & Johnson executives not only knew that their baby powder likely contained asbestos, but also went to great lengths to keep this information from the public. The New York Times has reported that Johnson & Johnson demanded the government keep secret unfavorable findings about asbestos in its baby powder. Bolstering Johnson & Johnson’s case was the fact that, up until fairly recently, studies were unable to conclusively link Johnson & Johnson’s talcum baby powder to ovarian cancer.

Earlier in 2018, however, an attorney was successfully able to use internal Johnson & Johnson documents dating back to 1957 describing actual or potentially asbestos-tainted talcum powder to show that the cause of his clients’ ovarian cancer was asbestos hidden in the company’s best-selling baby powder. The World Health Organization recognizes no safe level of exposure to asbestos, meaning that any exposure, even to something described as “trace amounts” of asbestos, is dangerous. As of the writing of this article, more than 12,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson pertaining to injuries caused by its defective product.

There is simply no excuse for the kind of egregious behavior Johnson & Johnson executives engaged in to hide this information from consumers. Baby powder is used daily on infants, by their parents, and by grown adults for a variety of reasons. Many of the women who have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson developed ovarian cancer after using it on their children and themselves to maintain freshness in their genital areas. That this company knew their product was unsafe yet continued to market it knowing the sensitive bodily areas which were exposed to this product is unconscionable.

If you have developed ovarian or other cancer and suspect that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum baby powder is the cause, our attorneys are standing by to help. Cancer is a brutal disease that claims the lives of far too many each year, and quickly takes a financial toll on families. You deserve compensation for your suffering, and if a company’s defective product is at issue, the company should be held accountable for their actions.

Contact J&Y Law today to learn more about your options. Our attorneys are compassionate, experienced, and take pride in giving you the best representation possible. No company is above the law, and we do not rest until our clients get the justice they deserve.