Taking Talc to Task

Hundreds of millions of dollars in damages have been awarded to women diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using a diaper bag staple, Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. Their lawyers convinced juries that tiny talc particles could make their way through a woman’s reproductive tract and inflame ovaries.

10,000 such lawsuits are pending against the behemoth family company as a growing body of research links diaper bag staple to cancer; but the company, armed with research to the contrary, has fought back and seen verdicts overturned—and as yet, hasn’t paid a cent to plaintiffs. 

The Post and Courier

 

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