The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by Johnson & Johnson to halt a Mississippi lawsuit over its talcum powder merchandise.
As is typical, justices didn’t clarify why they aren’t taking on the difficulty, which was included in a lengthy checklist of instances the courtroom mentioned it will not hear. The case dates from 2014, when Mississippi officers sued Johnson & Johnson for allegedly violating state legislation by failing to warn customers of “potentially lethal” well being dangers of utilizing its merchandise, together with ovarian most cancers.
Johnson & Johnson says the Meals and Drug Administration had thought of requiring a warning on talcum powder merchandise and concluded that the proof didn’t justify requiring one. It has argued that Mississippi is barred from suing, however courts within the state allowed the case to proceed.
1000’s of girls have sued Johnson & Johnson claiming the talcum used within the child powder gave them ovarian most cancers. Talcum is a mineral related in construction to asbestos, which is understood to trigger most cancers, and they’re generally obtained from the identical mines.
The Nationwide Council of Negro Girls filed a lawsuit in July in New Jersey alleging that a number of of its members developed ovarian most cancers after utilizing Johnson & Johnson child powder for yr.
“Very ambiguous” research outcomes
A U.S. government-led analysis of 250,000 ladies, the most important such research to take a look at the query, discovered no robust proof linking talc powder with ovarian most cancers. The lead creator of the evaluation referred to as the outcomes “very ambiguous” nevertheless.
J&J, which relies in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has stopped promoting its iconic talc-based Johnson’s Child Powder within the U.S. and Canada, although it stays available on the market elsewhere. The corporate has put aside nearly $4 billion for settling future lawsuits tied to the product.
Earlier this yr, the Supreme Court turned away a unique talcum powder case involving a $2 billion verdict in favor of twenty-two ladies who claimed they developed ovarian most cancers from utilizing Johnson & Johnson talc merchandise. 9 of the ladies have died from ovarian most cancers, legal professionals for the plaintiffs mentioned in June.