NBC reports the company has “lost a string of court cases,” including one last year in Los Angeles, California, where a jury awarded a woman $25.7 million after claiming the baby powder caused her cancer.
We are disappointed with today’s verdict and will pursue an appeal because Johnson’s Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer.
This track record shows that there are one set of facts in these cases, and that decades of tests by independent, non-litigation driven experts and institutions repeatedly confirm that Johnson’s Baby Powder does not contain asbestos or cause cancer.
Despite the verdicts, Johnson Johnson maintains that its baby powder formula does not contain asbestos, and set up a website called “Facts about Talc” to try and dissuade the public from continuing to think one of its most popular products contains the harmful mineral.
“Further, there have also been several trials where juries have concluded that Johnson Johnson’s product was not responsible for the plaintiffs’ cancer, and in other instances, judges have dismissed cases outright, based on their own review of the facts,” the company says.