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Johnson & Johnson to Stop Selling Talc-Based Baby Powder in U.S. and Canada

Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced that it would stop selling its talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in the United States and Canada, making the decision after a consumer products “portfolio reassessment related to COVID-19.” The U.S. healthcare conglomerate said it …

Talc Miner Imerys Strikes Deal to Resolve 14,000 Cancer Lawsuits

Imerys SA, which mines talc used in Johnson & Johnson’s iconic Baby Powder and other products, agreed to turn over its North American operations to resolve more than 14,000 lawsuits claiming the mineral caused cancer in some consumers. Imerys Talc …

2nd Circuit Throws Out $64 Million Jury Award Against Fireman’s Fund

A federal appellate court on Tuesday overturned a jury’s award of $64 million against Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. for allegedly breaching the terms of a reinsurance agreement. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals found that Fireman’s Fund was not liable …

Study: Little Asbestos Found After Detroit House Demolitions

Cost-savings and public safety benefits by swiftly demolishing dangerous vacant houses in Detroit could outweigh the risk of asbestos exposure to people in neighborhoods, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. A study of 25 emergency demolitions found small …

J&J Ordered by Jury to Pay $9 Million in Talc-Cancer Case

Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a Florida jury to pay $9 million to an 82-year-old woman who blamed asbestos-tainted talc for her cancer, the latest court loss for the company in U.S. litigation over its iconic baby powder. Jurors …

FDA to Hold Public Meeting on Testing for Asbestos In Talc

SILVER SPRING, Md., — For the first time in nearly 50 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will examine asbestos testing for talc powders and cosmetics at a hearing on Tuesday. Regulators are taking a closer look after finding …

Environmental Contamination Shuts Down Pennsylvania Schools

Students at three Pennsylvania schools were told to stay home Thursday amid ongoing concerns over lead and asbestos contamination, as state police investigate what former district officials did to address problems with tainted water. One day after Gov. Tom Wolf …

Government Experts Urge New Talc Testing Standards Amid Asbestos Worries

An expert panel formed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has endorsed asbestos testing standards for cosmetics that reject long-held industry positions and reflect those of public health authorities and experts for thousands of plaintiffs who allege contaminated talc …

Study Casts Doubt That Baby Powder Use Raises Risks of Ovarian Cancer

A study of more than 250,000 women found that those who used talc or other personal-hygiene powders weren’t significantly more likely to develop ovarian cancer, news that will impact thousands of legal claims against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson over the …

J&J Said to Pay More Than $2 Million in Rare Talc Settlement

Johnson & Johnson agreed in the middle of a trial to pay more than $2 million to resolve a woman’s claims that asbestos-laced baby powder caused her cancer, according to people familiar with the case. The settlement marks a rare …