THE WHAT? Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is suing four researchers who reported a correlation between talc-based products and cancer. The lawsuit, filed by J&J subsidiary LTL Management, requests three researchers “retract and/or issue a correction” for a study stating that asbestos-contaminated consumer talc products could lead to mesothelioma.
THE DETAILS? The lawsuit comes amid J&J’s facing over 38,000 lawsuits claiming that its talc products, including Baby Powder, caused cancers due to asbestos contamination. The company seeks to settle these claims through an $8.9 billion bankruptcy court settlement. J&J has discontinued selling talc-based Baby Powder in favour of cornstarch-based alternatives.
THE WHY? The legal action taken against the researchers is an attempt to control the narrative surrounding talc safety. J&J continues to assert the safety of its talc products and denies the presence of asbestos. The current lawsuit seeks to challenge the researchers’ findings and credibility, as the researchers have previously provided expert testimonies against J&J.