In the midst of thousands of lawsuits, health care giant Johnson & Johnson is set to discontinue its talc-based baby powder across North America. The company has based this decision on what it calls “misinformation” about the safety of the product, which has led to a significant decrease in demand. However, former users of the product see it differently.
With over 19,000 lawsuits filed, consumers assert that J&J’s talc-based products are laced with asbestos, a human carcinogen as classified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
These claims are backed by a variety of evidence, including internal company records from at least 1971 until the early 2000s, indicating that its raw talc and talc-based powders tested positive for small amounts of asbestos. Additionally, a 2018 investigative report by Reuters found evidence that the corporation was aware of the issue for years.
After the Reuters data was released, many stockholders sold their holdings, causing the corporation’s market value to decrease by roughly $40 billion in a single day.
41 states have investigated J&J’s sales numbers along with a Congressional subcommittee that looked into the health risks of asbestos as it relates to the company’s products.
J&J still maintains that its products are safe and do not cause cancer. The multi-national corporation claims that its decision to cease the sale of its talc-based baby powder across North America has nothing to do with current lawsuits or accusations. Rather, the company claims its decision was based on timing and that, due to limitations in manufacturing caused by COVID-19, it seemed like the right time to pull the product.
Other Legal Issues
The lawsuits surrounding its talc-based baby powder are not the only problem the company is facing. In fact, J&J has been named as a co-defendant in more than 2,900 lawsuits stating that the company took part in the promotion of addictive opioids. In fact, J&J has been ordered to pay $572.1 million to the state of Oklahoma, however, the company is appealing the decision.
Although J&J will no longer sell its talc-based baby powder in North America, it will continue to do so in other markets.
The Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm Can Help
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after regularly using Johnson and Johnson’s talc-based baby powder, you may be entitled to compensation. The Connecticut toxic exposure attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm have decades of combined legal experience in negotiating product liability cases. We know what it takes to bring our clients maximum compensation for the losses they have suffered—and to do so in a timely manner. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us at (203) 806-9256 today.