In an exclusive with The Grio it is reported that Lawyer Ben Crump is filing a lawsuit against the company Johnson & Johnson on behalf of black women who have had cancer due to the use of the baby powder.
The suit is alleging that Johnson & Johnson targeted sales of talcum powder products to Black women knowing concerns that it could cause ovarian cancer.
Attorney Ben Crump exclusively told The Grio early on Tuesday that Johnson & Johnson “targeted Black women with their marketing after white women stopped using it in the early 1990s after newspapers started writing about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer.”
Janice Matthews, the executive director of The National Council of Negro Women in a press release said, “this company, through its words and images, told Black women that we were offensive in our natural state and needed to use their products to stay fresh.”
Matthews reiterates trust was crushed as “generations of Black women believed them and made it our daily practice to use their products in ways that put us at risk of cancer — and we taught our daughters to do the same. Shame on Johnson and Johnson”
Benjamin Crump’s legal team is filing this lawsuit and other lawsuits in mass tort litigation in multiple states against the mega pharmaceutical company. However, there is a class action lawsuit Crump contends many Black women are not a part of.
During Tuesday’s press conference at the National Headquarters of the NCNW, Crump is expected to put faces to this story to “show the Black victims who have died because of this corporate greed.”
According to Today – In 2017 A Los Angeles jury on ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company’s iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.
The verdict in the lawsuit brought by the California woman, Eva Echeverria, marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S.
We throughout all our Johnson and Johnson products years ago, what do you think about the lawsuit?