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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. 

An Update on Talc Powder Lawsuits

Recently, a California state jury awarded $29.5 million to a woman who developed mesothelioma from the asbestos present in Johnson & Johnson baby powder. The verdict came on March 13th, after J&J had already settled two mesothelioma lawsuits instead of letting the cases proceed for trial. Sharon Pipes, one of the plaintiffs, claimed that J&J baby powder contains asbestos which caused her to develop mesothelioma. The jury in the Oklahoma City state court deliberated for nearly three hours before reaching the verdict and ordering J&J to pay the settlement on March 27th.

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder Asbestos Worries Uncovered

According to memos from executives at Johnson & Johnson, the link between talcum powder and asbestos has been a concern in the company for decades. One document sent to senior staff at the company in 1971 raised concerns that the main ingredient of the company’s top-selling baby powder product could potentially contain asbestos. The memo recommended that the company should “upgrade” their quality control operations for talc.

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $4.69 Billion Award in Damages

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay for Damages

On July 12, a Missouri court ordered that Johnson & Johnson pay $4.69 billion to 22 women or their survivors. The case, Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson, cited the company’s refusal to warn consumers of the link between its talcum powder products and ovarian cancer. Johnson & Johnson said the process was unfair and has plans to appeal the verdict.

Talcum Powder Lawsuits Increase

Lawsuits Involving Talcum Powder Increase

Over the years, mothers trusted talcum powder for use on their babies and themselves. The product has absorbent properties that make the user feel dry. Yet, 40 years ago, Johnson & Johnson became aware of the association between talcum powder used on the genitals and ovarian cancer. Recent lawsuits have seen large sums of money awarded to plaintiffs. The number of talcum powder lawsuits has increased, reaching 5,500. 

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