The number of lawsuits accusing Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other talc powder products of causing malignant mesothelioma and ovarian cancer has swelled to 15,500, leading many experts to wonder whether the company will begin to settle more of the cases against it. The company has lost many of the cases filed against it, with juries ordering multi-million-dollar compensation amounts paid to victims.
Last March, Johnson & Johnson broke with its previous stance of litigating every mesothelioma case and agreed to three settlements within 24 hours. Two of those cases’ trials had already begun, with one involving a 77-year-old woman diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma and the other a 36-year-old woman diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. The third case had not yet begun, but was scheduled to be tried in New York.
Johnson & Johnson is facing accusations from both mesothelioma victims and women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. All are regarding the presence of asbestos in their talc-based products, which the company reportedly discussed in internal memos. A Reuters investigation determined that the company had exerted pressure on the Food and Drug Administration regarding asbestos testing of their product years ago.
Though Johnson & Johnson has denied its liability in both mesothelioma and ovarian cancer cases, juries have found them responsible in many of the trials that they have faced, including a $4.7 billion award to 22 women in a St. Louis trial. The company’s image has suffered significant damage as a result of the litigation, and they may decide that it is better for them to settle the claims and take the story out of the headlines than to continue fighting in court.
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