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New Reuters Report on Dangerous Effects of Talc

New Reuters Report Reveals Johnson & Johnson Knew for Decades About Dangerous Asbestos in Talc

A recent in-depth investigation published by Reuters reveals Johnson and Johnson knew for decades that its talc products like baby powder include asbestos fibers, and that exposure to those fibers can lead to ovarian cancer. The revelation caused J&J shares to drop 10% resulting in a $45 billion reduction in value for the company. This newest drop follows a July 2018 jury ruling that ordered J&J to pay $4.69 billion to women who claimed asbestos in J&J body products caused them to develop cancer.

After combing through newly emerged internal company records and documents previously shielded from the public by the courts, Reuters found that “from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the J&J raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public.”

The newly available documents also show that J&J successfully influenced U.S. regulators’ against limiting asbestos in cosmetic talc products and suppressed scientific research on the negative health effects of the talc products.

Read the full report on Reuters site.

Video: Important Information for Women Concerned About Talc and Cancer

Lieff Cabraser attorney Tiseme Zegeye has released a video discussing alleged connections between regular use of talcum powder and ovarian cancer. The video includes information on lawsuits filed by injured women against Johnson & Johnson, as well as guidance on how injured women can contact Ms. Zegeye and other Lieff Cabraser lawyers for help with their potential cases against J&J.

Contact a Talc Injury Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser

Lieff Cabraser represents women who believe their ovarian cancer was caused by long-term use of talc products containing undisclosed lethal asbestos. If you, a friend, or a family member are a long-time (6 years or more) user of talcum powder products made by Johnson & Johnson or another talc product manufacturer, and have received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, you have the right to seek fair compensation. Please call us today at 1 800 541-7358 or visit our Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Injuries page to contact Wendy Fleishman or Tiseme Zegeye about your talc injury case.

We will help you gather the information and file the claims needed to seek recompense for any injuries, suffering, or related harm, and we will review your claim for free, confidentially, and with no obligation on your part.