Johnson & Johnson Investigations
Johnson & Johnson has come under increasing scrutiny for injuries caused by its talcum powder products, marketed as “Johnson’s Baby Powder” or “Shower to Shower.” The company continues to assert it is safe to topically apply the product anywhere on the body. However, the manufacturer is currently embroiled in around 13,000 lawsuits by consumers alleging that the product has caused mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, and other cancers. In some of the cases, the carcinogenic ingredient is alleged to be asbestos in the talc products.
What Pre-Approval Testing Was Required?
Johnson & Johnson’s liability in this scenario is at issue – not only by lawyers involved in the pending litigation, but also now in investigations by the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company has produced documents in response to subpoenas served by these government agencies. Officials will be reviewing the company’s pre-approval product testing, both for methodology and transparency.
If FDA investigators discover that Johnson & Johnson failed to disclose adverse test results, it could add increased force to claims of liability to injured consumers in the lawsuits.
How Should A Maker Of Consumer Products Respond To Allegations of Harm?
When a maker of consumer products knows about or is notified of potentially dangerous side effects, it has a legal obligation to investigate. That investigation may inspire additional product testing. As a law firm that fights for the legal rights of injury victims, we are particularly troubled by recent news of internal company communications suggesting J&J has been on notice of the risk of asbestos in its talc products for decades. Johnson & Johnson reportedly sought to keep this information from going public.
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