Talc-based baby powder has been a flagship product for Johnson & Johnson since 1894, but litigation alleging that the product causes cancer has plagued the company for years. Several jury verdicts, settlements, and billions of dollars in product liability damages have dealt a devastating blow to profits. As such, Johnson & Johnson executives made the decision to discontinue making talc baby powder, which may contain the carcinogen asbestos. Despite the move, company officials insisted that the product is safe in a recent Miami Herald article.
All existing inventory of talc baby powder will remain on store shelves and available to consumers through retailers, so the threat persists for users – and women are particularly at risk. It is important to reach out to a Miami products liability lawyer to discuss your legal rights if you suffered harm, but you should become familiar with the basics about Johnson & Johnson talc baby powder litigation.
Legal Basis for Talc Lawsuits