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J&J Says Low Demand and COVID-19 Reasons for Discontinuing Sales of Baby Powder

Johnson & Johnson announced its decision in May 2020 to permanently stop selling its talc-based baby powder product in the United States and Canada. This was one of 100 products the company said it was discontinuing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. J&J said that it was making this move to allow for greater social distancing in its various distribution centers around the world. However, some see it as an amazing concession after J&J has poured millions into defending talc-based baby powder in numerous lawsuits.

Expert Testimony Capable of Showing J&J Coverup

New Jersey U.S. District Court Judge Freda Wolfson made it clear in an April 2020 ruling against Johnson & Johnson that she would allow evidentiary testimony from the plaintiff’s experts on whether talc powder can cause cancer. With over 16,000 cases against J&J pending nationwide, this is a momentous decision. In short, without this testimony, many of the cases would have dropped along the wayside. The lawyers for Johnson & Johnson scoffed at the idea and said this decision is not a comment on the validity of the plaintiff’s cases. Instead, the company said that many cases where the plaintiff had won were overturned on appeal. 

A loss for Johnson & Johnson as Jury Awards $750 Million Verdict

Four plaintiffs won a nine-figure award in a case against Johnson & Johnson when a New Jersey jury handed down a verdict of $750 million in punitive damages on February 6, 2020. Prior to this, the mesothelioma patients were awarded $37.2 million in compensatory damages, which covers such areas as lost wages and medical care now and in the future. The punitive damages, which are used to punish a defendant for egregious harm, were later reduced to $186.5 million. This was due to caps limiting the amount in the state. The lawsuit said that the plaintiffs developed mesothelioma due to the company’s talcum powder and Shower to Shower used on them as children by their parents. Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal.

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