J&J’s Discontinuation Of Johnson’s Baby Powder Linked To April Federal Court Ruling
Legal experts note that J&J’s decision to end Johnson’s Baby Powder sales in the US and Canada closely followed a New Jersey federal court decision that largely denied the firm’s motions to bar testimony from plaintiff experts in multi-district talc litigation comprising around 16,000 cases.
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The Supreme Court said on 1 June that it would not review a $2bn verdict in Missouri for 22 women who alleged links between ovarian cancer and asbestos-tainted talc in Johnson’s Baby Powder. J&J believes the US' top court passed on an "extraordinary opportunity" that "leaves unresolved significant legal questions that state and federal courts will continue to face."
J&J’s targeted marketing of talcum powder products to women of color verges on “corporate brutality,” Black Women for Wellness and more than 200 allied organizations suggest in recent letters to J&J leadership. The firm affirmed its commitment to equality and racial justice in June, but BWW wants J&J to “walk the talk.”