THE WHAT? Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has agreed to pay more than $2 million mid-way through a lawsuit regarding a claim that the asbestos-laced talcum powder resulted in cancer in the plaintiff, according to a report by Bloomberg.com.
THE DETAILS The case, heard in Oakland, California, is a rare example of the talc-maker agreeing to a settlement, amidst thousands of similar cases being bought against the personal care giant.
Plaintiff Linda O’Hagan and her family were said to have agreed to the offer.
THE WHY? J&J is at the centre of a long-running and widespread scandal regarding the alleged asbestos in its products. While the settlement could be perceived as a sign of guilt, the company says otherwise.
J&J spokesperson Kim Montagnino says, “In litigation of every nature there are one-off situations where settlement is a reasonable alternative. The decision to resolve any particular case in no way changes our overall position that our talc is safe, is asbestos free and does not cause cancer.”