Johnson & Johnson announced this week it will stop selling talc-based baby powder. The company claims the decision is due to declining demand for the products. Johnson & Johnson does have a cornstarch-based product that will continue to be sold.
Johnson & Johnson currently faces thousands of cancer injury lawsuits related to its talc baby powder products. In addition to thousands of personal injury lawsuits, the company is also being jointly investigated by multiple states. Why? These states are investigating whether the company was honest in marketing the safety of its talcum powder products.
In April, the Federal Judge overseeing more than 16,000 talc-powder lawsuits, rejected Johnson & Johnson’s legal effort to exclude the testimony of plaintiffs’ expert witness. That ruling clears the way for these lawsuits to proceed to trial or settlement.