6/11: CBS Morning News

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Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $700 million in a nationwide settlement resolving allegations that it misled clients concerning the security of its talcum-based powder merchandise in its advertising and marketing. 

“Consumers depend on correct info when making choices about which merchandise to buy for his or her households,” Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, one among 43 attorneys common concerned within the lawsuit, said in an announcement Tuesday. “Any firm — irrespective of how massive — should be held accountable when legal guidelines defending customers are damaged and their belief is violated.”

As a part of the settlement, which continues to be pending judicial approval, the well being merchandise big will completely cease the manufacturing, promotion and sale of all of its child powder and different physique and beauty merchandise that comprise talcum powder. That contains Johnson’s Baby Powder and Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower. The firm determined to pull talc-based powders off the market in North America in 2020

J&J will make 4 settlement funds, beginning on the finish of July, to 42 states and Washington, D.C., in accordance with the settlement. 

The firm did not instantly reply to a request for touch upon Tuesday. 

The $700 million settlement is the most recent growth in decade-long authorized battles and investigations into hyperlinks between most cancers and the talc utilized in one among its best-known merchandise. More than 50,000 claims have been filed in opposition to the corporate, totally on behalf of ladies who developed ovarian most cancers. 

Earlier this month, a jury in Oregon awarded $260 million to an area lady who claimed that the corporate’s child powder merchandise have been “immediately accountable” for her  most cancers prognosis in 2003. In April, a jury awarded $45 million to the household of an Illinois lady who died in 2020 from mesothelioma after being uncovered to asbestos in J&J powder. 

Last month, J&J supplied to pay $6.5 billion to settle the talc-powder lawsuits.