Los Angeles County Is Suing Johnson & Johnson For False Advertising And Other Charges Related To Selling Talcum Powder
Johnson & Johnson may have violated state advertising laws by continuing to claim their products are safe, pure, and asbestos-free
Monday, November 27, 2023 - Spokespersons for Johnson & Johnson have continuously stated their position after each talcum powder trial that the talc in Johnson's Baby Powder is safe, pure, and asbestos-free after every trial where they were victorious or held accountable and forced to pay billions to consumers. The company has repeatedly told the press that the plaintiff's expert witnesses were practicing "junk science" and that all of the credible scientific experts agree that talc not only does not cause ovarian cancer but also that there is no asbestos in its products. That statement runs contrary to talcum powder asbestos tests run by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that tested bottles of Johnson's Baby Powder purchased from popular retail stores CVS, Rite Aid, and Walmart that concluded that the iconic brand of talcum powder was contaminated with asbestos. Johnson & Johnson countered those findings by declaring the government's talc-testing method invalid and that it was overly sensitive and detected particles the company did not recognize as asbestos. The litany of denials foisted upon the public by J & J may now have come to an end as Los Angeles County has filed a lawsuit against the health and beauty care company for their careless disregard for public health. According to MedTruth.com "
Johnson & Johnson now faces a new talcum powder lawsuit from a California county. According to Law360, Los Angeles County is filing claims including false advertising, unfair competition, and public nuisance against J&J for the damage that the company has allegedly caused in distributing talcum products that led to LA county residents' health complications. According to the complaint, Los Angeles County alleges that Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products caused ovarian cancer or mesothelioma." According to Law360, the complaint states that the executives at Johnson & Johnson knew for decades (since at least 1971) that their talc supply was contaminated with asbestos and withheld this information from the public. At the time, Johnson's Baby Powder was heavily marketed towards mothers for use on the bottoms of their newborn babies during diaper changes several times per day. The company acknowledged levels of asbestos in talc at less than 1%, however, they thought that any asbestos at all would drive mothers away from the product now that asbestos was associated with cancer. The research was published several years ago by a Reuters investigation titled: "Johnson & Johnson Knew For Decades That Asbestos Lurked In Their Baby Powder" which alleged the company knew from the beginning that their talc was contaminated with the carcinogen. If Los Angeles County is successful in its lawsuit it could open a new avenue of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson for knowingly violating state marketing and advertising laws. " LA County representatives argue that J&J's "marketing, promotion and sale of the products have created widespread public health impacts including increased risks of cancer, severe illness, cancer, and death in Los Angeles County and California." The County also believes that Johnson & Johnson has continued to spread "false and misleading representations" about the safety of their talcum powder products, which are still allegedly available for purchase in California," according to MedTruth.