Baby powder is used to prevent diaper rash and keep skin soft. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is one of the most well-known baby powder manufacturers, and the multinational pharmaceutical company has long advertised the product as safe for children. J&J baby powder has long contained talc, a mineral that absorbs moisture when turned into talcum powder. In nature, talc can contain asbestos, a carcinogen that causes mesothelioma. Because of its super-fine texture, baby powder is easily inhaled once a bottle is opened. Once you breathe in asbestos fibers, you’re at increased risk for health problems. Talc baby powder has been linked to ovarian cancer and lung problems.
Thousands of people have sued Johnson & Johnson because they developed cancer after using its baby powder product. They say that the company failed to warn consumers about the potential risks. In response, J&J implemented a controversial strategy. The company created a subsidiary called LTL Management LLC to handle all of the talc lawsuits and declared the subsidiary bankrupt. The strategy is known as the Texas Two-Step, and it’s designed to protect a corporation’s assets in the face of numerous lawsuits. Plaintiffs have appealed the move, and a court will soon decide whether Johnson & Johnson can move forward with its current approach.
Lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL), and the company has already paid out billions of dollars in settlements to cancer patients who got sick after using talcum baby powder. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer after using talc-based baby powder, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit for compensation. Contact the Saddle Rock Legal Group for a free case consultation.