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Report Finds J&J Knew About Asbestos in Baby Powder

A recent investigative report by Reuters has found that Johnson & Johnson was aware as far back as the 1950s that its Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower had asbestos, and in particular tremolite, 1 of 6 asbestos-containing minerals.

January 7, 2019 – “The Environmental Protection Agency; the Department of Health and Human Services have identified asbestos as a carcinogen, which makes it a chemical that causes cancer in the body, and has been associated with different types of cancer: mesothelioma, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and other gynecological cancers are, in some way, the main ones involved,” said Emily Barrett, associate professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Rutgers Institute of Occupational Health and Environment Sciences.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one got cancer after using a talcum powder product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

J&J has been sued by thousands of plaintiffs in New Jersey and elsewhere who have claimed that talcum powder causes cancer. To date, the company as won and lost these jury trials, respectively.

When Verona resident Stephen Lanzo developed mesothelioma, he had a hunch that his development of the disease might have something to do with his use of Johnson’s Baby Powder, which had been using for more than 3 decades. He and his wife Kendra filed a lawsuit against J&J which they ended up winning, netting the couple a $117 million award last April. The case is significant because they were the first plaintiffs to emerge victorious over J&J regarding claims its talcum powder contains asbestos.

One document uncovered during the investigation was a 1969 note from a supply officer at J&J, who acknowledged it was “normal to find different levels of tremolite in many Americans talcs,” and questioned “… how bad the tremolite is medically, how much can be safe in a talc base that we could develop?”

In 1973, the Director of the Central Research Laboratory at J&J planned to acquire a patent on a process to eliminate talc tremolite, but in a later note, the company “… may wish to keep everything secret. To allow it to be published, in the form of a patent and thus let the world know. “

J&J continues to maintain that its talc-based products are completely safe and have contained no asbestos for decades.

Do I Have a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in talc lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cancer cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, and feel that a contaminated talc product may have contributed to your diagnosis, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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