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 iconic talc-based product will no longer be available for purchase in the US and Canada after supplies run out. Standing firm on the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder, J&J attributes the move to declining demand due to changing consumer habits, misinformation “and a constant barrage of litigation advertising.”