Johnson & Johnson reached a settlement in the talc case and a payment of $700 million to US states

Amid mounting legal troubles accusing its popular baby powder of causing malignant mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson has closed the book on one aspect of those problems by reaching a $700 million settlement with a multi-state coalition of attorneys general representing 43 U.S. states . The lawsuit accused the company of deceptively promoting and misleading consumers in advertising about the safety and purity of its talc products.

$700 million settlement for mesothelioma and ovarian cancer

The attorney general’s lawsuit is separate from more than 61,000 ongoing personal injury lawsuits filed by individual victims of malignant mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. The states’ original lawsuit was filed on behalf of consumers, and the judgment in the settlement includes detailed protections for residents of the states whose attorneys general filed the lawsuit. As a result of the settlement, Johnson & Johnson agreed that:

  • They have stopped and will not resume the production, marketing, promotion, sale and distribution of all baby and body powder products and cosmetic powder products containing talc.
  • That they will discontinue the production of any of these products in the United States, either directly or indirectly through a third party.
  • That they will cease marketing and promoting any of these products in the United States, directly or indirectly through any site.
  • That they will cease all sales and distribution of any of these products in the United States, directly or indirectly, through any site.

The original U.S. claims cite resident injuries related to mesothelioma and ovarian cancer

A statement issued by New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin, one of the plaintiffs in the original lawsuit, read in part: “The states allege that for decades the company deceptively marketed its products to women and teenagers as safe, clean and gentle. for everyday use, including in the genital area, despite knowing that research and other information had shown that Johnson & Johnson baby powder and shower powder were sometimes contaminated with carcinogenic asbestos and that women who used talc-based powders in the area genitals, had an increased risk of ovarian cancer compared to women who did not.”

The statement continued: “The company blatantly promoted products as safe and clean while having internal information about the carcinogen and ignoring growing external evidence regarding possible health effects. I am pleased that we reached this agreement for the sake of the many consumers who have been harmed by Johnson & Johnson’s actions. This is an egregious betrayal of consumer trust that should never have happened.”

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Terri Oppenheimer


Terri Heimann Oppenheimer is the lead writer of our news blog She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. Terri believes that knowledge is power and is committed to sharing news about the impact of mesothelioma, the latest research and medical breakthroughs, and the stories of survivors.

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