The United States Justice Department is developing a criminal case to determine if Johnson & Johnson was aware that their talcum powders could cause cancer, yet hid the risks from consumers.
The lawsuit that may be dismissed involves an attempt by the Lanier Law Firm to make warning labels mandatory on all Johnson & Johnson talc products. Under the state of California Proposition 65 law, all items which are known to include cancer-causing substances must be labeled as such. Johnson & Johnson has persistently defended the safety of their products, and plans to keep doing so by continuing with the Lanier Law Firm case. According to a report from Bloomberg, the decision is also based on Johnson & Johnson’s hope that the law firm will not have “a chance to refile the suit with more defendants.” If the case dismissal is denied, Johnson & Johnson and the Lanier Law Firm could enter the courtroom for a jury trial in October.
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