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J&J under Criminal Investigation for Covering up the Health Risks of Talcum Powder

Posted on 12th May, 2019

by Legal Staff

Johnson & Johnson faces over 13,000 claims involving their talcum powder, which is associated with a high risk of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.

A series of claims against Johnson & Johnson revealed decades-old internal memos from the company's scientists expressing fears that the talc was "a severe health hazard" and could lead to legal liability.

As a result, on 19 July, federal authorities launched a criminal probe to discover whether the manufacturer kept the public in the dark about the possible cancer danger of their talcum powder. At the moment, a grand jury in Washington is examining documents concerning whether the company was aware that their talcum powder contained asbestos, a highly carcinogenic mineral which often contaminates talc. As a result of the numerous lawsuits filed against it, the stock of Johnson & Johnson was down more than 4%.

Johnson & Johnson Denies the Risk of Cancer

"Johnson's Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer, as supported by decades of independent clinical evidence. The implication that there has been a new development in this matter is flatly wrong," Ernie Knewitz, a J&J spokesman, said. Nevertheless, asbestos fibers were found in multiple ovarian cancer tumors of women who had been applying their talcum powder over their genital area for decades, while mesothelioma is caused only by asbestos exposure.

Despite denying the risk of cancer, Johnson & Johnson stated that they will continue to cooperate with the Department of Justice investigation. The manufacturer issued another statement: "The key documents on this issue have been publicly available for months on our website. The documents establish that Johnson's Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer."

So far, over $5 billion have been awarded to people who came to suffer from ovarian cancer or mesothelioma following the use of Johnson's Baby Powder or Shower to Shower, the two products of the company which contain talc. One of the most recent cases involves Teresa Leavitt, who developed mesothelioma after applying the talcum powder in question. A Superior Court jury in Oakland, California awarded her $29.4 million.

If you've been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to being exposed to asbestos, you have an excellent chance of achieving substantial money damages, either from a manufacturer or from an insurance company or asbestos victims' trust fund that has assumed liability for the company.

Atraxia Law provides information about your eligibility for mesothelioma claims. We can ensure you have the most up to date information on your rights and the most credible news. To have our team of experts help you find out if you qualify for a claim, contact us today.