Mesothelioma Lawsuits Push Johnson & Johnson to End Sale of Talc-Based Baby Powder
Devin Golden | May 27, 2020
Johnson & Johnson announced last week it would cease all production and sale of its popular baby powder, which is the root of numerous multi-million-dollar mesothelioma lawsuits. Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is proven to cause mesothelioma due to asbestos contamination.
While the company has denied the risks associated with the powder, the mounting lawsuits and favorable verdicts for victims say otherwise. It being off the market will hopefully prevent many future mesothelioma cases and save lives.
Angela Bullock is a senior partner at Bullock Campbell Bullock & Harris, a national mesothelioma law firm committed to helping victims of asbestos exposure. She called this news a major victory for public health.
“A hard-fought, David & Goliath battle has again been won by David, the American consumers,” Angela said. “It’s such a great thing to right the corporate wrongs of the past, but it’s even a better thing to change the future forever. The removal of J&J’s talc-based powder will save lives.”
Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is not the only talc-based product linked to asbestos. Items like children’s toy makeup, eye liner and other cosmetics all can easily contain this cancerous mineral.
Talc is a naturally occurring mineral that can soak up moisture on skin, keeping it healthy. Mothers use the baby powder as a cleansing tool for their children. Some adults even use it for themselves.
However, talc and asbestos are often found near one another. Asbestos can infiltrate talc deposits and mining efforts. Talc that is contaminated with asbestos is dangerous — and impossible to detect, which has led to many unsuspecting Americans being unknowingly exposed to this carcinogen.
Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder has been the most notorious talc brand connected to mesothelioma. Fortunately for victims of this rare cancer, courts and juries have held Johnson & Johnson accountable. Some mesothelioma claims have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars awarded to victims.
Johnson & Johnson’s decision to pull its baby powder from the commercial market is limited to the United States and Canada. The company said in a press release that it would continue selling existing inventory. However, the item will no longer be available once that supply runs out.
Despite evidence regarding the product’s risks, the commercial giant has for years continued producing and selling it. Those actions may have led many Americans to inhale or swallow loose asbestos fibers in the talc-based powder.
If you have mesothelioma and ever used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, you are entitled to restitution. Please reach out to Angela or any of the other mesothelioma lawyers at our firm. You can get in touch with any of our legal experts through the Contact Us page.