A bankruptcy judge said he’s considering reopening some asbestos lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. The company faces tens of thousands of lawsuits pertaining to its talc Baby Powder product and other talc-based products that allegedly caused cancer for thousands of consumers.
Judge Michael Kaplan, of Trenton, New Jersey, said he would consider possibly restarting certain lawsuits against the cosmetic and health product manufacturer. He will preside over a hearing July 6 where Johnson & Johnson will ask the court to establish a value of talc-related cancer claims. Victims are asking for some claims to continue outside of bankruptcy court.
Judge Kaplan is actually the bankruptcy court judge who allowed Johnson & Johnson to move forward with its bankruptcy plans. That singular decision halted all lawsuits against the company as victims and their families waited for a settlement in the bankruptcy court through the subsidiary.
Johnson & Johnson is linked to mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. Mesothelioma Guide recently published a detailed article explaining the deep and long history of Johnson & Johnson and asbestos exposure.
Johnson & Johnson created a subsidiary company a few months ago – with the intention of the subsidiary filing for bankruptcy while taking on all talc and asbestos lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson. This maneuver, called the “Texas Two Step” uses Chapter 11 bankruptcy to reorganize assets and offload legal liabilities to a subsidiary.
The subsidiary, LTL Management, will then create an asbestos trust fund based on a bankruptcy settlement with the approximate 38,000 pending lawsuits. This plan may also affect future claims.
Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder was made from talc for decades. Talc is a mineral found in geographical areas where asbestos, another mineral, also exists. The two can mix together and contaminate talcum powder with sharp asbestos fibers.
These sharp pieces of asbestos can enter the human body through the mouth or nose and stick into tissue linings. One tissue lining, called the mesothelium, is where the rare cancer called mesothelioma forms. This is how consumers of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder are exposed to asbestos and get mesothelioma.
Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and other talcum powders can also cause lung cancer and ovarian cancer due to asbestos fibers in the powder mix.
Johnson & Johnson stopped manufacturing talc Baby Powder in 2020 for the United States and Canada markets. The company is still manufacturing the talc powder in other places.
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- Bankruptcy judge will consider re-opening some J&J talc cases. Reuters. Retrieved from: https://www.reuters.com/legal/litigation/bankruptcy-judge-will-consider-re-opening-some-jj-talc-cases-2022-06-14/. Accessed: 07/01/2022.
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