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J&J betrayed trust, talc contains asbestos, jury told

The first talc mesothelioma case against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys is being tried again in Pasadena, California. A retrial began nine days after a mistrial was declared when plaintiff Tina Herford mentioned talc’s alleged link to ovarian cancer in her testimony on day two. Since 2016 there have been six completed trials against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys centering on allegations that talc itself is carcinogenic and responsible for contributing the the development of women’s ovarian cancer. Five of the six juries in those cases found in favor of the plaintiffs with huge multi-million dollar verdicts that got international ... Read More

More questions about the safety of J&J’s talc

In the largest Missouri talc ovarian cancer verdict, Lois Slemp was awarded $110 million by jurors who found Johnson and Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America Inc. responsible for her ovarian cancer. There have so far been seven completed talc trials in three states, with six plaintiff wins and damages of $724 million. All of these have alleged that talc particles when used in the genital area can travel through the female reproductive tract to the ovaries where they cause inflammation that leads to ovarian cancer. Slemp’s case was different from the other talc cases, which all accuse ... Read More

Talc litigation turns spotlight on cosmetic product liability

Law360 recently published an expert analysis predicting that there might be a rise in cosmetic product liability claims. Although in the public eye with recent talc ovarian cancer litigation against pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson resulting in attention-grabbing verdicts totaling $724 million, there are fewer product liability claims over cosmetics and beauty products than other products and devices that are under U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight. Cosmetics are historically and currently subject to less regulation than food and drugs — for example, the FDA does not test or approve products, it cannot order a mandatory recall, and manufacturers are ... Read More

Talc ovarian cancer trials have international impact

South African consumers looking for safer personal care products South African consumers are paying attention to American lawsuits and studies involving talcum powder products, according to the Huffington Post. The lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson finding the company’s talc-containing products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower responsible for the development of women’s ovarian cancer have not gone unnoticed. The verdicts have contributed to an already growing trend of consumers paying more attention to what they are putting in and on their bodies. The lawsuits have been drawing attention worldwide with verdicts totaling $724 million and juries in ... Read More

Judge says there will be talc trial in St. Louis this month

The next Missouri talc trial will move forward this month over defense objections, as determined by the Missouri Circuit Court for St. Louis City in a hearing held on Sept. 18, reports HarrisMartin Publishing. These talc cases center on allegations that Johnson and Johnson’s talc-containing products can cause ovarian cancer with prolonged use in the genital area. There have already been five completed trials in St. Louis with four plaintiff wins totaling verdicts of more than $300 million. In June, more than two weeks into trial, the sixth Missouri talc ovarian cancer case to go before a jury was declared ... Read More

High cost of talc litigation: J&J’s finances and reputation at risk

This week The New York Times featured an article about the high cost of the talc litigation as one woman after another brings suit against Johnson and Johnson alleging that its talc-containing products caused her ovarian cancer. “The tally of damages from verdicts against Johnson & Johnson is already in the hundreds of millions of dollars. And the harm to the company is not just financial: Its reputation could suffer if baby powder, one of its longest-standing products, is seen by the public as unsafe,” according to The Times. Financial analysts are drawing similar conclusions. For comparison, look at the past experience ... Read More

Financial analyst questions J&J’s adherence to Credo

Analysts at Investment website Seeking Alpha, which features stock market insights and financial analysis provided by investors and industry experts, have been asking questions about the cost of talc litigation and Johnson and Johnson’s reputation. One recently wrote an in-depth piece highlighting the vast number of products that J&J has faced liability claims over in the recent past, specifically calling attention to the company’s “criminal admissions.” DoctoRx says that the will list, “several legal issues which both challenge the company’s adherence to its highly promoted ‘Credo’ and may challenge its finances.” The following quote is posted on the company’s “Our ... Read More

Woman says J&J has self to blame for $417M talc verdict

In August, California resident Eva Echeverria stood up to corporate giant Johnson and Johnson, taking the company to court over allegations that her terminal ovarian cancer was caused by its talc products. The first to go to trial of hundreds of women who’ve filed complaints in California, she won a $417 million verdict, by far the largest of verdicts yet in talc-related trials. Previously, four separate Missouri juries had awarded verdicts to plaintiffs of $72 million, $55 million, $70 million and $110 million. More than a thousand cases are pending in courts across the country. On Sept. 15, Johnson and Johnson ... Read More

Talc ovarian cancer verdicts cause Indian consumers to exercise caution

The American verdicts against international pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson has been raising awareness about the link between talc-based powders and ovarian cancer around the world. Last month, a California jury ordered the company to pay $417 million in damages over its failure to warn consumers of its products’ ovarian cancer risk. Previously four Missouri juries found in favor of the women who had brought suit against Johnson and Johnson, with verdicts totaling more than $300 million: Best Media Info, in an article on brands that have lost consumer trust, said of Johnson and Johnson in a discussion of the ... Read More

What should a woman’s body smell like?

Racism, misogyny and capitalism in the beauty industry Emilie and Bridget of Stuff Mom Never Told You from How Stuff Works recently aired an impassioned episode of their podcast about talcum powder and ovarian cancer and how Johnson and Johnson profited off women’s insecurities about their bodies, specifically targeting minority women even though they were aware of their products’ cancer risk. “Why are we all sprinkling powders in our underpants in an attempt to make our body parts smell less like body parts?” asked Bridget. The ladies asked where and when did we begin to feel disgusted and repulsed by ... Read More