Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest and oldest American corporations, was fined with a $300 million fee in punitive charges, awarded to Donna Olson, 66, and her husband. She claims that her asbestos-related cancer is due to J&J’s talc-based baby products.
Jerome Block, the lead attorney in this case, said: “With this verdict, yet another jury has rejected J&J’s misleading claims that its talc was free of asbestos. The internal J&J documents that the jury saw, once more laid bare the shocking truth of decades of cover-up, deception, and concealment by J&J of the asbestos found in talc baby powder.”
J&J currently faces more than 13.000 similar lawsuits, all of them concerning their talc-based products. Since 2016, thousands of people have sued J&J, both individually, and in class action lawsuits, and they have, to this date, been ordered to pay damages in the excess of several billion dollars.
Still, J&J claims that there is no cause for concern and that their products are completely safe for use – both for children and for adults, who make up 70% of all users for their Baby Powder.
“This trial suffered significant legal and evidentiary errors which Johnson & Johnson believes will warrant a reversal on appeal. Decades of tests by independent experts and academic institutions repeatedly confirm that Johnson’s Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer. Of all the verdicts against Johnson & Johnson that have been through the appellate process, everyone has been overturned,” the company said in a statement.
This is just one of J&J’s problems – even though the Fortune 500 corporate giant has long been synonymous with quality infant and adult healthcare products, more and more people, especially Millennials and Gen Z individuals, are instead opting for other, cleaner, organic, and environmentally-friendly brands.