In the midst of thousands of personal injury lawsuits accusing them of culpability for cases of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer, consumer giant Johnson & Johnson has revealed that they have also received subpoenas from numerous federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Department of Justice, and Senator Patty Murray. According to an SEC filing, J & J is facing questions about asbestos contamination of their talc-based baby powder. The company is being asked to produce numerous documents pertaining to its failure to disclose this contamination.
Company Says it Will Cooperate with Government Inquiry
Though Johnson & Johnson has been steadfast in its denial of responsibility for malignant mesothelioma and ovarian cancer in those who used the product, they are also cooperating with the inquiries that the government has submitted. In its filing, Johnson & Johnson stated, “The Company has received preliminary inquiries and subpoenas to produce documents regarding these matters from Senator Murray, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.”
Johnson & Johnson Says Lawsuits Impacting Company’s Profits
Johnson & Johnson has come under increasing scrutiny in recent days, as thousands of victims of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer have filed product liability claims and lawsuits against it. Those lawsuits accuse the company of knowingly allowing asbestos to contaminate its product, and even encouraging women to use the product in ways that would make women more vulnerable to illness. Though the company has prevailed in some of the lawsuits that have already been heard, it also has been charged with paying hundreds of millions of dollars to other victims. A recent investigate report published in Reuters indicated that company memos, internal reports and other confidential information confirmed the company’s knowledge and concern over asbestos contamination and potential legal liability, and that the company had gone so far as to have an article rewritten by a professional writer to portray its safety in the most positive light.
Those who fear that their diagnosis of mesothelioma or ovarian cancer is a result of having used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, you are not alone. If you need information on the resources available to you, contact the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net today at 1-800-692-8608.