Johnson & Johnson has recently had to pull over 33,000 bottles of baby powder off the shelves after the Food and Drug Administration discovered evidence of asbestos – which is known to cause cancer – in one of the bottles. It is not the first time Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder has been feared to introduce people to the risk of contracting cancer. If you have reason to believe you or a loved one has been exposed to cancer-causing elements via their baby powder, contact Altman & Altman LLP today.
More lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson contributes to long list
Pharmaceutical titan Johnson & Johnson is known throughout the world for being the corporate owner of widely-used products such as Tylenol and Motrin – in addition to hundreds of other products that span a wide range of industries. However, they may very well be more notorious for their long list of lawsuits that continues to grow with each passing year.
The company – which made nearly $82 billion in profit in 2018 – is embattled with over 100,000 lawsuits against it due to people claiming they have come into harm due to the use of their products. Over 15 percent of those are directly related to lawsuits coming from those who have used their talc-based baby powder products.
Users of their baby powder who have brought suit in the past have made claims that the baby powder contributed to their contracting of various cancers – from talcum powder contributing to ovarian cancer to the same powder causing mesothelioma, a form of respiratory cancer that is traditionally caused by asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that is confirmed to be an aggressive carcinogen.
As a result of the positive test for asbestos within the baby powder – which is manufactured in China – the FDA recommended that all users of Johnson & Johnson talc-based powders should cease using them immediately and indefinitely. Johnson & Johnson, meanwhile, has denied any wrongdoing and liability for the test, instead shifting an accusatory tone of defensiveness towards the FDA testing process.
This is not uncommon for large companies to do. Even in cases where Johnson & Johnson has been found to be negligent in their contributions to a victim’s pain and suffering, they have been unwilling to accept the verdicts set against them and take responsibility – like what occurred when they were hit with a monumental $8 billion jury verdict against them following a claim that their anti-psychotic drug Risperdal had caused the man taking it to develop female-like breasts.
We can hold large companies responsible
Sometimes, the only thing that can make a gigantic corporation like Johnson & Johnson stand accountable for their negligence that causes harm to their consumers is by filing suit – either in an individual case or by combining suits together into a class action case.
If there is any chance that Johnson & Johnson has exposed its customers to a known carcinogen like asbestos – in a product that could be used on anyone from infancy up to the elderly – then it displays a level of negligence regarding quality control that is simply despicable. Asbestos has been known to be harmful for decades, and public and commercial property owners spend millions of dollars every year to get rid of the very possibility that occupants could be exposed to it. To fathom that Johnson & Johnson could allow this substance into their baby powder is beyond comprehension.
The personal injury attorneys at Altman & Altman have over 50 years of experience advocating for our clients. We have the expertise and experience to take on giant conglomerate companies, while maintaining the integrity and personal touch that comes with a neighborhood law office. Your case is of the utmost importance to us, and we make every attempt to craft a unique legal strategy suited to your individual goals.
Contact us online or call for a free consultation to go over the details of your case today at 617-492-3000 or toll-free at 800-481-6199. We are available 24/7.