Lawsuit claims J&J talc was laced with asbestos

13 Jun 2018 by under Legal

talc justice 100x100 Lawsuit claims J&J talc was laced with asbestosThe trial of 22 women who claim that ’s talcum powders are contaminated with asbestos and contributed to their cancer diagnoses began last week in St. Louis Circuit Court. The women claim that the consumer health care giant knew its talc-containing products, like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder, contained the carcinogen asbestos but failed to warn consumers.

Asbestos is a mineral that is mined from the earth, and it is often found in close proximity to asbestos. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that can cause mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of internal organs, such as the lungs. Asbestos has also been linked to lung cancer.

The 22 women suing Johnson & Johnson say that using the company’s talcum powder products on their genitals regularly over time caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

The realization that a product promoted for more than a century as safe enough for babies could cause such deadly diseases in adults has only recently begun to hit home. Earlier this month, a California jury slapped Johnson & Johnson with $4 million in punitive damages on top of $21.7 million in compensatory damages after finding that regular use of Johnson’s Baby Powder caused a woman to develop . The jury also asked the judge if they could require Johnson & Johnson to add warnings to the labels of its talc-containing products, but the judge said no.

That verdict came just weeks after a New Jersey jury hit Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, with more than $117 million in damages over claims that its talcum powders contributed to a man’s mesothelioma.

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