Over the past few months, Johnson & Johnson has been found liable in several product liability lawsuits, based on the continued use of its talc-based baby powder. According to one recent financial news source, the company was most recently found liable for over $67 million, which puts the total amount for all of the baby powder lawsuits brought against the company at about $195 million.
The cases proceed under a product liability theory and rely on recently discovered evidence that the continued use of talc-based products can result in certain kinds of cancer. Specifically, the research indicates that the use of baby powder in women’s genital areas can lead to ovarian cancer. There are currently about 2,500 lawsuits pending filed by women who have suffered from various sicknesses – mostly ovarian cancer – after the continued use of the product.
Johnson & Johnson denies that its product causes cancer. According to the news source, the company plans to appeal the most recent ruling, based on an alleged tainting of the jury pool. Johnson & Johnson claims that the woman’s lawyers ran several ad campaigns prior to her trial in the jurisdiction where the trial took place. The woman’s lawyers deny the company’s claim, and a court has yet to rule on the issue. For now, all of the verdicts in favor of the plaintiff will stand.