Following the two trials mentioned above, resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts against Johnson & Johnson – including $112 million in punitive damages – it’s time for the giant drug company to put an end to the ongoing talcum powder litigation and also to remove its talcum powder products from store shelves, or at least to warn women about the cancer risks the giant drug company has known about for decades.

Johnson & Johnson should face reality, confess their corporate sins, admit the truth that the company has hidden for decades, and end the litigation by taking care of the thousands of women harmed by its talcum powder products and the families of those who have died. The message that the jurors are sending to Johnson & Johnson is loud and clear. They are demanding that Johnson & Johnson warn women of the dangerous link between talcum powder used for feminine hygiene and its well-documented increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Gloria Ristesund and the family of Jacqueline Fox have made it very clear – they want other women to be warned about this cancer risk. The juries saw documents that proved Johnson & Johnson has known for decades about these risks, and that they not only didn’t do anything to warn consumers, they purposefully refused to warn, and covered up the risks. There are other products on the market that work in a similar way, that use cornstarch instead of talc. Yet Johnson & Johnson still sells talc and insists there is no danger.

It’s now time for Johnson & Johnson to bring this massive litigation to an end by doing the right thing. We have called on Johnson & Johnson to establish a compensation fund that will be fully adequate to compensate all of the thousands of victims who have suffered greatly because of Johnson & Johnson’s intentional wrongdoing. We have also called on Johnson & Johnson to either pull the talc products from the market or at the very least give an adequate warning to women so they can make an informed choice.

If Johnson & Johnson refuses to do the right thing, our law firm and those other firms working with us, are totally dedicated to continuing our mission, and that is to obtain total and complete justice for all of Johnson & Johnson’s victims. The ball is in the giant drug company’s court and our hope is Johnson & Johnson will change its corporate culture and do the right thing for a change.

Jere L. Beasley, Beasley Allen Founder
Jere Beasley

Jere Beasley, the founding member of Beasley Allen Law Firm, has practiced law as an advocate for victims of wrongdoing since 1962. He was the lead Beasley Allen attorney in the record $11.9 billion award against ExxonMobil Corp. on behalf of the state of Alabama.


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