Johnson and Johnson is a household staple. Founded in 1886, it is one of the largest manufacturers of medical devices and healthcare products in the world. With its rock-solid reputation and effective branding campaigns, its trusted products appear immune to product defect claims and class action lawsuits.
However, that is not the case. Johnson and Johnson recall baby products and changed formulas to soothe public fears. It stands strong against claims of its talc powder causing cancer despite a willingness to address possible health issues with its products in the past. Here is an overview regarding the history of its baby powder and lawsuits associated with it.
The link between talc powder and cancer was first established in 1971. Researchers discovered the talc particles embedded in ovarian tumors leading to their eventual growth. A complete study in 1982 verified the link.
For the next 30 years, more clinical trials and case-control studies continued supporting this theory. By 2015, doctors concluded that women who used talc powder, including Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder, increased their risk of ovarian cancer by 30 percent. Warnings issued about talc powder use and its possible long-term effects.
Despite this discovery, Johnson and Johnson continued using this toxic formula its baby powder and Shower-to-Shower Body Powder. Women who developed ovarian cancer were often long-term users of Johnson and Johnson products, including baby powder for their children and the Shower-to-Shower product for themselves. Eventually, these realizations would lead to numerous lawsuits, especially after the company’s long history of denial surfaced.
Class Action Time
Johnson and Johnson voluntarily recalled several baby products including its Aveeno comfort lotion brand, children’s Tylenol, and its baby shampoo. Some of these recalls were based on consumer fears but also FDA concerns about ingredients. Johnson and Johnson responded with new formulas that reassured its customers and satisfied FDA guidelines.
The powder was never included in these recalls and even with scientific evidence, Johnson and Johnson issued no formula changes to its baby powder. Inevitably, lawsuits started in 2016.
While most of these actions arose in state court, 43 federal court lawsuits were consolidated into Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) which effectively creates a class action lawsuit. The MDL groups similar claims which makes the lawsuit more efficient as it avoids repeated discovery requests and the possibility of judges issuing conflicting opinions. So far, courts issued two verdicts to plaintiffs totally $127 million dollars.
Meanwhile, baby powder fails to land on the Johnson and Johnson recall baby products list. If you use any Johnson and Johnson talc powder products, this is likely a good time to switch brands.