asbestos in baby powder
In a landmark decision by a New York state judge, a Brooklyn couple has been awarded a $120 million settlement against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. According to public court documents from the case, the lawsuit states that after her longtime usage of Johnson & Johnson’s popular talcum powder products, 67-year-old Donna Olsen was diagnosed with a deadly form of mesothelioma. This rare form of cancer is caused by an extensive exposure to asbestos; a well-known carcinogen which is commonly found in talcum.
A longform investigative report emerged from Reuters in mid-December that offered some valuable – and disturbing – information into the long-standing efforts by Johnson & Johnson to hide the information emerging about the asbestos inside of its line of talcum powder products.