Johnson & Johnson Continues to Deny Talcum Powder Is Unsafe, Despite Evidence That Suggests Otherwise

There are currently some 14,000 pending cases in U.S. Courts against Johnson & Johnson related to health claims involving exposure to talcum powder products. These cases have been brought on behalf of women claiming that exposure to Johnson & Johnson powder which has been tainted with asbestos particles has caused them to develop ovarian cancer as well as mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining.

To date, there have been a number of trials in those cases and Johnson & Johnson has lost a substantial percentage of the trials. These include verdicts in 2016 of $55 million, $72 million and $70 million; verdicts in 2017 of $110 million and $417 million; verdicts in 2018 of $117 million and $4.69 billion (for 22 women); and verdicts in 2019 of $325 million and $29 million. In addition, in 2019, Johnson & Johnson entered into confidential settlements with 3 persons who claimed to have developed mesothelioma as a result of talcum powder exposure. 

Why Does Johnson & Johnson Continue To Lose These Cases?

Johnson & Johnson continues to claim in court that its talcum powder is not tainted with asbestos (despite a number of testing results which show otherwise) and that it is a safe product to use. Unfortunately for Johnson & Johnson, there is much evidence to the contrary, including:

  • A 1971 study that showed the presence of talc particles in ovarian tumors;
  • A 1982 study which demonstrated a link between talcum powder use and the incidence of ovarian cancer;
  • A 2014 report concluding that asbestos particles inhaled from talcum powder had contributed to the development of mesothelioma in some patients;
  • A 2017 study which concluded that the link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder exposure was “weak but statistically significant”.

Criminal Investigation of Johnson & Johnson

A 2018 study conducted by Reuters concluded that for years, Johnson & Johnson had known its talcum powder contained asbestos, but that the company actively concealed this from the public. In part as a result of that report, the United States Department of Justice recently announced that it was conducting a criminal investigation into Johnson & Johnson related to its behavior with regard to hiding the dangers of its talcum powder. It will be interesting to see if these developments have an effect on Johnson & Johnson’s pattern of fighting each talcum powder case and of continuing to call the product “safe”.

Protect Your Rights Regarding Talcum Powder Exposure

If you or a loved one have been exposed to talcum powder products and developed certain cancers, including ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, you or they may be entitled to compensation for these devastating conditions. For over 65 years, the attorneys at Lattof & Lattof, PC have been helping victims and families protect their rights and obtain fair compensation for suffering and injuries including those from defective products such as Round Up weed killer. We will work hard to obtain justice for you against those responsible. Contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION and we’ll be more than happy to discuss your case and advise you of your rights.