Johnson & Johnson is facing multiple lawsuits after allegations that their talc-based powder products cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and gynecological cancers. Last month, the bankruptcy court for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey denied the company’s second attempt to file bankruptcy to avoid paying claimants.
Asbestos contamination in talc-based products, particularly talcum powder, has resulted in numerous lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson and other companies. Talc is a naturally occurring mineral found in various products, including baby powder, cosmetics, and some foods.
The lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products caused cancer, particularly mesothelioma and ovarian cancer due to the talc being contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen.
Claimants argue that the company was aware of the potential asbestos contamination for years but failed to warn consumers of the hazards and knowingly continued to sell the products to mothers and children despite knowing the potential danger.
To attempt to avoid liability, Johnson & Johnson has twice attempted to shift its liabilities to a new company, LTL Management, then file for bankruptcy. Companies facing lawsuits use this common tactic to limit their legal responsibility and deny plaintiffs’ rights to trial and fair compensation. Johnson & Johnson’s bankruptcy attempts have twice been rejected, paving the way for claimants to recover damages.
This means that billions of dollars may have to be paid to plaintiffs.
Johnson & Johnson has long maintained the safety of its products, denying any connection between talc use and cancer.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, or another asbestos disease, contact our mesothelioma lawyers at Shein Law. Call 877-743-4652 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Located in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.