Baby powder, a common item found in many homes around the world, may be responsible for multiple women and at least one man developing cancer. The women who developed ovarian and cervical cancers blamed the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder on their genitals. One man who contracted mesothelioma also blamed Johnson & Johnson because talc is mined in areas that contain asbestos, which has been attributed to the development of mesothelioma. Several thousand women have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers of talc powder, and WALB reports that a judge recently upheld a verdict.
A Missouri judge’s decision to uphold a $4.69 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson could lead to more lawsuits being filed.
Judge Rex Burlison of the Circuit Court of the County of St. Louis affirmed the decision of the jury to award 22 women and their families $25 million each.
The lawyer arguing for the plaintiffs, Mark Lanier, argued that asbestos found in the product led to the women developing ovarian cancer. This is the first time that Lanier has argued that the asbestos and not just the talc, was the reason the women developed cancer.
Regulatory authorities around the world recognize asbestos as carcinogenic. Even the FDA cannot guarantee that talc products do not contain asbestos, due to the fact that the two are mined together.
Johnson & Johnson continues to maintain that its talc products are safe. The company plans to continue to appeal the decision made in Missouri Courts.
An appellate court can reduce the $4.69 billion-dollar verdict. However, this could lead to worldwide settlements.
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