You may have heard about juries awarding large verdicts in lawsuits in North America alleging that talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder can cause ovarian cancer or mesothelioma and that, in relation to this, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, LTL Management LLC (LTL), voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
But you may not know this: in the majority of U.S. jury trials, including six out of eight trials that happened in 2021, juries have concluded that Johnson & Johnson’s product was not responsible for the plaintiffs’ cancer. In other instances, judges have dismissed cases outright based on their own review of the facts, and many of the verdicts against Johnson & Johnson that have been through the appellate process have also been overturned.
Despite the evidence presented in court, and the fact that Johnson & Johnson discontinued the sale of Johnson’s Baby Powder in the United States and Canada in 2020, there continue to be more lawsuits filed in North America and a few extraordinary verdicts in U.S. state courts that have contradicted the science. That’s why Johnson & Johnson began a process in October 2021 to resolve these lawsuits in a way that would be reasonable for all involved, including anyone who may have legal claims in North America against Johnson & Johnson currently or in the future. To achieve this goal, LTL voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, following an established and legal process for resolving these cases. You can learn more about this here.
The stories of anyone suffering from any form of cancer are tragic. We sympathize deeply with these patients and their families, and we appreciate that they seek answers. The science and the facts, however, show that their illnesses were not caused by their use of our talc-based products.
We’re a company deeply committed to the good health and long life of every person on Earth. We’re sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents, just like you. We use our products on ourselves, our children and our grandchildren. We understand we have been trusted with a great responsibility, and we treat that responsibility with great care.
Decades of independent scientific testing have confirmed that our products are safe, do not contain asbestos and do not cause cancer.
We recognize the anxiety and confusion these cases have caused, and that many people who have used and continue to use talc-based products have questions. We also know there will be more discussion. This site is designed to share the facts about talc and these cases, and to help you and your family understand the steps we have taken and why we continue to stand behind the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder.