Johnson & Johnson is being sued for $29 Million after woman gets diagnosed with cancer due to company's baby powder.
Teresa Leavitt’s has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma and it has been deemed as terminal. Mesothelioma is a cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure. It was found that the popular healthcare line Johnson & Johnson failed to share their baby powder was tainted with the carcinogen.
Leavitt won her case and Johnson & Johnson is now responsible to pay $29 million. Although this is a win for Leavitt, it won't take away the damage that the baby powder has already done to her body and her life.
During Leavitt's trial she admitted to having used J&J's baby powder her entire life. Her mother used it on her when she was little and then she used it on her own children. She even used it every once in awhile right before she would put on her face make-up. She stopped using the powder over 10 years ago, but her lungs were still filled with asbestos. They tested the asbestos and they found that it could not have been job related since it was not industrial grade. Ever since the 1970's, Johnson & Johnson has received their products from places known to have high amounts of asbestos, but never informed their customers. Jurors found that the link between the baby powder and the asbestos found in Leavitt's lungs was too coincidental. Her cancer was directly caused by the baby powder product created by Johnson & Johnson.
This is not the first time that Johnson & Johnson has be accused of hiding ingredients. It was shown that they had been hiding their true ingredients for over 50 years! It has been proven that their baby powder had dangerous Talc as well as asbestos. The company is still denying any allegations that they have dangerous ingredients in their products and they still believe that their products are safe for mom and baby. Even after they lost a trial where they were responsible to pay 22 women for $4.69 billion after the women linked their cancer to Johnson & Johnson's baby powder product.
The company is still denying all of their allegations, but they still have thousands of scheduled hearings around the United States claiming that their powder has caused cancer. There is currently 13,000 scheduled cases involving allegations against Johnson & Johnson for causing Mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Last year there was 11,000 similar cases. Hopefully, Johnson & Johnson admits their wrong and stop trying to selling their baby powder. Parents around the globe are finding out the dangers of the company and they have stopped using their products. It will be interesting to see what happens to the company throughout the years.