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Jurors’ multi-billion verdict against J&J was punishment for violating public trust

“If trusted corporations deceive the American people, they need to be punished – not because their products cause cancer – but because they must be held accountable if people believe they have violated the public trust,” said Milton Packer, M.D., in an editorial in MedPage Today. Dr. Packer posed the question, “Why did a jury deliver a $4.69 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson,” and side with 22 women who sued the company alleging its Johnson’s Baby Powder contained cancer-causing asbestos that contributed to their ovarian cancer diagnosis? Dr. Packer’s theory? “The verdict had little to do with whether talc ... Read More

India tests talc samples to check for cancer-causing asbestos

There is more fallout from a recent Reuters investigation that found internal documents showed Johnson & Johnson was aware for decades that its talcum powder products contain cancer-causing asbestos but did not warn consumers of this risk. First, a U.S. senator on the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee pressed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the claims. Now drug regulators in India announced they are collecting new samples of talcum powder to determine if it is contaminated with asbestos. In recent years, Johnson & Johnson has been trying to shield itself from a growing number of lawsuits ... Read More

Man blames J&J powder for wife’s fatal mesothelioma

Rich DeAugustinis going public with his lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in hopes of saving others. “I’m trying to give voice to this cause. My wife can’t because her breath was taken away,” he said. His wife Tara died in 2017 after a 15-month battle with mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. DeAugustinis believes her disease, which forms in the lining of the lungs and other internal organs, was caused by her regular use of Johnson’s Baby Powder. “My wife had her life taken away from her. She had no choice in the matter.” ... Read More

Woman blames J&J talcum powder for her ovarian cancer diagnosis

Krystal Kim’s ovarian cancer was found by chance, during a minor surgery. She had no symptoms like bloating or pain. “That’s why it’s known as the silent killer,” she told The Philadelphia Tribune.  She underwent six rounds of chemotherapy before going into remission. When the cancer returned, she had a hysterectomy and had parts of her colon and intestines removed. That’s when she randomly took a quiz on social media asking if she had ovarian cancer and had she ever used talcum powder on her genitals for personal hygiene. She said yes to both. Then she was contacted by attorneys who ... Read More

Imerys released as defendant in Florida talc lawsuit

Talc mining company Imerys Talc America Inc., was released from a Florida product liability lawsuit involving claims that the talc mining company, Johnson & Johnson Companies Inc. and Publix Super Markets Inc. contributed to a woman’s ovarian cancer diagnosis. The court ruled that Florida courts have no jurisdiction over Imerys because the company has no contacts in the state. “Here, Imerys produced a component in one state (not Florida) and sold it to a different company in a different state,” Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals said. The lawsuit was filed by Judith Rickets against Imerys, Johnson & Johnson, and ... Read More

Senator calls for FDA investigation into J&J talcum powder

Sen. Edward Markey, a member of the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate claims that consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that the talc it used in some of its widely sold products like Johnson’s Baby Powder contained cancer-causing asbestos. The call-to-action came a week after Reuters published an investigative report titled, “Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its baby powder,” and claimed “that J&J kept that information from regulators and the public.” Reuters’ investigation turned up internal documents dating back ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson’s bad week reflected in its slumping market value

It’s been a bad week for Johnson & Johnson, and it’s taking a toll on its market value. First, there was the Reuters report about internal documents that showed the consumer health care giant knew the talc it used in its baby powder and body powder contained cancer-causing asbestos, which resulted in a more than 10 percent decline in its stock prices. Then the company failed to convince a Missouri judge to strike a $4.69 billion jury verdict awarded to 22 women who claimed its talcum powder products contained asbestos that caused them to develop ovarian cancer. (J&J plans to ... Read More

J&J can’t escape $4.69 billion talc verdict

The $4.69 billion verdict by a St. Louis jury last July against Johnson & Johnson in a case brought by 22 women who linked their use of the company’s talcum powder to their ovarian cancer diagnoses, is “fair and reasonable” compensation considering the substantial amount of evidence introduced during the trial, a Missouri judge ruled. St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison said that due process was followed when the jury reached its verdict in the case. The verdict included $550 million in compensatory damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages. Both Johnson & Johnson and its unit Johnson & ... Read More

J&J announces plans to repurchase shares after scathing news report

Days after a scathing Reuters report accusing consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson of a decades-long cover-up of evidence that its talcum powder products contained cancer-causing asbestos, the company’s market value plummeted more than $50 billion. In response, J&J announced it plans to repurchase $5 billion shares. “Based on our continued strong performance and more importantly, the confidence we have in our business going forward, the Board of Directors and management team believe that the company’s shares are an attractive investment opportunity,” CEO Alex Gorsky said in a statement. The company also published a video on its website and ... Read More

J&J cannot escape failure-to-warn lawsuit brought by Mississippi AG

Johnson & Johnson and one of its distributors cannot skirt a lawsuit brought by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood alleging the companies did not warn Mississippians that their talc-containing products could put women at risk for ovarian cancer, Hinds County Chancellor J. DeWayne Thomas ruled. Hood’s lawsuit accuses J&J and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, distributor of its Shower to Shower talc-containing body powder, of violating the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act (MCPA) by not putting a warning on the label that genital use of the product for feminine hygiene could increase the risk for ovarian cancer. The two companies sought to have the ... Read More