Lawsuits Against Johnson & Johnson Alleging They Hid Evidence of Talc Asbestos Contamination To Proceed
If allegations are proven to be true, they would be just another example of the company's despicable corporate behavior
Thursday, April 14, 2022 - Johnson & Johnson's Texas Two-Step bankruptcy scheme has been effective in forcing a delay in the talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits that are currently underway against them but have not deterred others that have been injured by their talc products. New Jersey bankruptcy Judge Michael Kaplan, the other day, decided that Johnson and Johnson could not block lawsuits stemming from their hiding evidence of talc asbestos contamination in their Windsor Mines talcum powder manufacturing operations. According to Fierce Pharma, "U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael Kaplan this week denied J&J's bid to block a lawsuit accusing the company of hiding evidence that its industrial talc operations exposed workers to asbestos, Bloomberg first reported. Decades back, J&J owned the talc mine Windsor Minerals, which produced the material used in baby powder and other products, Bloomberg said. The company sold off Windsor Minerals in the late 1980s." Time and time again Johnson & Johnson has been shown to have covered up or otherwise manipulated talc asbestos test results to support their stance that talc is safe to use. About 38,000 talcum powder lawsuits have been registered to be filed against the company accusing Johnson's Baby Powder made from talc of causing ovarian cancer.
For decades starting in the 1970s, women in general and African American women, in particular, were encouraged by the company's marketing and advertising to use Johnson's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene on their genital area. Studies indicate, and experts have testified that particles of talc have been found lodged in the cancerous ovaries of women who have died from the disease. Talcum powder causes cancer because it does not dissolve and can cause sufficient oxidative stress in the ovaries over the years to cause inflammation leading to cancer. Johnson & Johnson has lost about a dozen trials around the country and has been forced to pay about $3 billion to plaintiffs that have developed ovarian cancer in this way. Johnson & Johnson, seeing the writing on the wall and being unwilling to face their accusers in court any longer, have created a new and separate company, LTL management, placing their talcum powder cancer legal liabilities in it, and then seeking bankruptcy protection. A New Jersey judge has allowed the bankruptcy plan to proceed to shelter the company's $400 billion in assets from the plaintiff's talcum powder cancer claims. A good portion of the company's net worth was derived from selling talcum powder that J&J executives knew caused cancer, as internal company memos revealed in court proceedings indicate. A Missouri appeals court judge that reviewed and upheld one $2 billion jury award to 22 plaintiffs accused the company of engaging in "despicable behavior." The company's despicable behavior has inflamed the emotions of jurors that awarded hundreds of millions of dollars to plaintiffs for punitive damages. For the record, Johnson & Johnson continues to claim that their products made from talc are safe, pure, and asbestos-free, despite the US Food and Drug Administration testing bottles of Johnson's Baby Powder purchases at random from store shelves and finding asbestos in them. Talc is mined from the ground in deposits that are adjacent and overlapping asbestos and it would be impossible to guarantee that one would not contaminate the other.