Johnson & Johnson To Stop Selling Talc-Based Baby Powder In The US And Canada After Cancer lawsuits
6Over 1,000 lawsuits in 2017
By March 2017 the company was looking at over 1,000 lawsuits issued by over 1,000 U.S. women who sued the company for covering up the possible cancer risk their products have. By the end of 2017, they had to pay $417 million to another woman who developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc-based products.
7The big one in 2018
In July 2018 a St. Louis jury awarded US$4.7 billion in damages to 22 different women along with their families after they claimed that the asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder caused them to develop ovarian cancer. This came as a shocking headline and ruined the reputation of the company.
8A change in formula
After the big $4.7 billion hits to the company in July, in August the company put out a statement saying that they were changing up the formula. They said that in order to make the product safer for consumers they were removing certain chemicals from the product. This meant that they acknowledged that their products were dangerous.
9The final lawsuits and release of important documents
In December 2018, 11,700 people sued the company over cancer allegations caused by their products. After these many reports were filed against the company they had to release internal documents. These internal documents revealed that the company had known about asbestos contamination since at least as early as 1971.
10They tried to hide evidence
Upon investigating the documents revealed by the company it was discovered that not only did they know about the asbestos contamination but they were trying to hide it. They spent years finding ways to conceal evidence from the public. This was shocking news that shook the company and resulted in a drop in sales.