The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has initiated an investigation into pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and claims that they negligently allowed asbestos to contaminate their talcum powder. This Johnson & Johnson criminal probe is the answer to thousands of lawsuits and caused a significant dip in the company’s stock holdings as the DOJ began their search for answers.
Exploring The Johnson & Johnson Criminal Probe
On July 12, Forbes announced that federal authorities had launched a criminal probe into whether Johnson & Johnson lied to the public about the possible cancer risks of its talcum powder. This is not a random occurrence though. The Johnson & Johnson criminal probe joins a grand jury in Washington that is reviewing documents to determine whether Johnson & Johnson knew that its talcum powder products contained carcinogens such as asbestos.
Additionally, Johnson & Johnson has been sued more than 13,000 times, with plaintiffs all echoing some similar claim of failure to inform customers that talcum powder contained asbestos.
The Johnson & Johnson criminal probe has not gone unchallenged, however. Johnson & Johnson spokesman Ernie Knewitz has made a statement that the company already disclosed that it received subpoenas in February and Johnson & Johnson is “fully cooperating with the DOJ investigation.” Additionally, Knewitz has also claimed that Johnson & Johnson’s innocence is supported by “decades of independent research” and said that any suggestions that new information may come from the Johnson & Johnson criminal probe is “flatly wrong.”
Despite these bold claims, Johnson & Johnson’s record speaks a different story. Previous lawsuits have revealed memos dating back decades discussing the fears of Johnson & Johnson’s own scientists that asbestos in their talc was a “severe health hazard” left them potentially liable for legal damages.
Those warnings may have come home to roost recently. In the past three years, over a dozen juries have awarded over $5 billion to plaintiffs claiming that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum products were responsible for their cancer including baby powders and shower to shower products. Just last month Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive were ordered to pay out $300 million in punitive damages in New York and then just two weeks later a California jury ruled in favor of another plaintiff suing the companies.
With their recent record of losses, Ernie Knewitz’s claim that the Johnson & Johnson criminal probe will come up dry may ring hollow. Until the matter is formally settled, however, the public will not know.
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How The Johnson & Johnson Criminal Probe Affects Consumers
Though the conclusion of the Johnson & Johnson criminal probe is still unknown, the Department of Justice’s tenacity in pursuing this matter gives hope to the victims of Johnson & Johnson’s negligence. For many, this probe has justified their grievances as they move forward with litigation, for others it is a rallying cry to add their outcry to the legal movement. If you or a loved one have been suffering from the effects of using Johnson & Johnson’s products, don’t wait. Let Parker Waichman LLP help you today.
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