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Johnson & Johnson Faces Criminal Investigation for Denials of Asbestos in Baby Powder

Posted on 12th August, 2019

by Legal Staff

Is it true that Johnson & Johnson knew of asbestos in its talc powder and the connection to ovarian cancer, but hid it from the public?

If you or a loved one has contracted cancer and believes it is linked to cosmetic talc use, you will want to know the answer to this question.

Johnson & Johnson faces a criminal probe, launched by the U.S. Department of Justice, into what it knew about problems with asbestos in talc in its products, as well as when it knew that the toxic particles may pose a possible cancer risk to consumers. According to a report by Bloomberg News, a grand jury in Washington, D.C. is looking at documents which suggest Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that its talc supply contained carcinogens.

In December 2018, Reuters published a special report indicating that Johnson & Johnson internal documents show that during at least three different laboratory tests from 1972 to 1975 the company found asbestos in its talc but never reported its findings to the FDA.

The laboratory tests are mentioned in a lawsuit from 1997 filed against Johnson & Johnson. Lab reports dating back to 1957 and 1958 found evidence of asbestos in talc; therefore, it appears that the manufacturer was aware of the problems even earlier. This evidence is now the focus of the criminal probe that Johnson & Johnson faces, as well as a regulatory investigation.

Talcum Powder Claims

In addition to the criminal and regulatory probes, the company currently faces nearly 15,000 Johnson's Baby Powder claims and Shower-to-Shower claims pending in courts nationwide. The claims are similar and are from customers who believe the company has known for decades that its talcum powder contained asbestos and increase the risk of ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, yet failed to warn them.

While the company has been successful at trial in several cases, many others have resulted in multi-million dollar damage awards, often including damages meant to punish the company over full compensation for failing to warn of potential dangers of its products' use. A recent string of losses for Johnson & Johnson in talcum powder cases may imply that juries already do not find the company's defense credible.

Ask Atraxia Law About Your Eligibility Status

If you or a loved one has developed ovarian cancer after prolonged, regular use of talcum powder products, Atraxia Law can help.

We are currently investigating the eligibility of claims of women or the families of women with ovarian cancer linked to talcum powder use. Our firm's primary goal is to provide answers, guidance and support to those dealing with new and debilitating circumstances in their lives.

You deserve compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact us today to see if you are eligible to receive compensation through a claim.