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J&J prevails in lawsuit against Florida woman who alleged baby powder caused her cancer, reports ET HealthWorld



J&J wins trial over Florida woman who claimed its baby powder caused her cancer, ET HealthWorld

In a recent trial, a Florida jury determined that Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder talc product did not cause the ovarian cancer of a Florida woman who passed away in 2019. The lawsuit was brought by the family members of Patricia Matthey, who had used Johnson’s baby powder daily for over five decades. The jury’s decision was seen as a victory for J&J, with the company’s Worldwide Vice President of Litigation, Erik Haas, stating that talc is safe and does not cause cancer.

Despite the jury’s decision, the Matthey family’s attorney, Leigh O’Dell, expressed determination to continue seeking justice in future cases against J&J. The family alleged that J&J had suppressed scientific evidence linking talc products to increased cancer risk, claiming that the company knew for years about the potential contamination of talc with carcinogenic asbestos fibers.

J&J, on the other hand, argued that there was no conspiracy to suppress research and that the scientific evidence did not support the claims made by the Matthey family. The company faces over 50,000 lawsuits related to talc, primarily from women with ovarian cancer. Although J&J has attempted to reach a settlement through bankruptcy, its previous attempts have been rejected by courts.

The company is now considering a third bankruptcy filing to address the ongoing litigation. Despite the challenges, J&J remains committed to defending against the talc claims while negotiations for a potential settlement continue. The outcome of this trial adds to the mixed record of talc cases, with significant plaintiff wins as well as cases ending in hung juries or overturned verdicts.

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