Johnson & Johnson cleared of liability in talc cancer case

Johnson & Johnson cleared of liability in talc cancer case

In Summary

  • J&J is facing some 10,600 liability lawsuits across the United States over its talc products.
  • Most involve claims that they caused ovarian cancer, and that the company knew of and concealed risks associated with the products.
  • The company, which is based just a few miles from the courtroom where the latest case took place, said it was pleased with the unanimous jury verdict.

A New Jersey jury has cleared Johnson & Johnson of liability in a case involving a woman who alleged that the company’s talc-based products, including its baby powder, contain asbestos and caused her cancer.

After less than a day of deliberations, the jury in New Brunswick, New Jersey rejected claims by Rosalind Henry and her husband.

She had alleged that Henry’s mesothelioma, a cancer associated with asbestos exposure, was caused by the company’s talc products.

“We have deep sympathy for anyone diagnosed with any form of cancer and appreciate that people are looking for answers.

“However, Johnson’s baby powder is not the cause of this disease,” the company said in a statement.

It said decades of scientific testing by academic institutions and regulators have shown its talc to be safe and free of asbestos.


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