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Johnson & Johnson shares fall on report of asbestos in talcum.
CNBC – CNBC’s Leslie Picker speaks to “Squawk on the Street” on the report that Johnson & Johnson knew that its talcum powder contained asbestos.
Johnson and Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its baby powder
Reuters – A Reuters exposé reveals that since at least 1971 to the early 2000s, Johnson & Johnson’s executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers knew that the raw talc and some finished powders used in its talcum products such as Baby Powder contained the cancer-causing mineral asbestos. This may be the final nail in J&J’s litigation coffin.
Stakes High For J&J At Start Of Latest Baby Powder Trial
Law360 – After last year’s trio of multimillion-dollar verdicts against Johnson & Johnson over claims that its talc-based baby powder causes ovarian cancer, attorneys will be watching the latest trial, set to kick off Thursday morning, to see if the fourth time will be a charm for the company.
J&J has a baby powder problem
Bloomberg Businessweek – More than 1,000 women and their families are suing J&J and Imerys, claiming the companies have known of the association with ovarian cancer for years and failed to warn them
J&J Faces 1,000 More Talc-Cancer Suits After Verdict Loss
Bloomberg – Johnson & Johnson must pay $55 million to a 62-year-old South Dakota woman who blamed her ovarian cancer on the company’s talcum powder in the second such trial loss this year.
Happy Tears After $70 Million Baby Power Lawsuit Win
NBC News – A woman who just won more than $70 million from Johnson & Johnson after alleging the company’s baby powder caused her ovarian cancer told NBC News she cried “happy tears” when the jury’s decision was announced.
Why You Shouldn’t Put Baby Powder Down There
Huffington Post – “African-American women have been targeted for use of body powder, and they use it more commonly,” principal investigator Joellen Schildkraut told Reuters Health in a telephone interview.
Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in talc-powder trial
Reuters – Following a three-week trial in Missouri state court, jurors deliberated for about a day before returning a verdict for Gloria Ristesund. She was awarded $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.
I turned down $1M from Johnson & Johnson, and blew the whistle instead
New York Post – Ovarian cancer survivor Deane Berg, 58, a physician’s assistant from Sioux Falls, SD, believes the judgment is a great victory. Berg tells The Post’s Jane Ridley her story.
St. Louis jury orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in talcum powder cancer case
St. Louis Post-Dispatch – The plaintiffs’ lawyers said it was the first jury in the nation to award damages over claims that are the basis of suits by at least 1,200 women here and elsewhere. The verdict in favor of Jacqueline Fox was for $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages.
Women’s health concerns prompt condom makers to stop using talc
Concern about talc as an ovarian carcinogen goes back 50 years in the medical literature. By the 1970s, evidence was mounting that talc particles might migrate into a woman’s fallopian tubes where they could cause scarring and irritation of the ovaries. Scientists believed in some cases that the scarring led to infertility or cancer.
South Dakota jury ties talc powder to cancer risk
Rapid City Journal – A federal jury in Sioux Falls has found that a woman’s use of Johnson & Johnson products that contained talcum contributed to her ovarian cancer. The lawsuit was filed by Sioux Falls resident Deane Berg, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006. The lawsuit claims the 56-year-old woman used talcum-based products for hygiene purposes for about 30 years, including Shower to Shower body powder.
A plaintiff’s witness in the baby powder case
Houston Chronicle – Numerous studies have linked genital talc use to ovarian cancer. (Subscription Required)