January 25, 2024 — Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $700 million to end an investigation by 43 states into misleading statements about the safety of baby powder.
The settlement does not go toward resolving approximately 60,000 lawsuits filed by people who were diagnosed with cancer after using baby powder.
The vast majority of those lawsuits involve women who were diagnosed with uterine cancer who used talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Other lawsuits involve mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer that is linked to exposure to asbestos.
These lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn the public that talcum powder could be contaminated with asbestos, a substance that is known to cause cancer.
Instead, the $700 million settlement will end investigations from 42 states and Washington D.C. into whether the company made misleading statements about the safety of talc-based baby powder, the company told the Wall Street Journal.
Johnson & Johnson ended sales of talc-based baby powder in North America in 2020 and switched to cornstarch-based ingredients. The company ended sales of talcum powder worldwide last year.
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