A massive lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson may go ahead after a judge decides that certain testimony can be heard.
The company is facing charges that its baby powder and talc products have been contaminated with asbestos, causing ovarian cancer.
There are approximately 16,000 talc-related lawsuits in the United States, most of them before New Jersey district judge Freda Wolfson.
And it was Judge Wolfson who decided on Monday that the New Jersey plaintiffs could go ahead with their claims, although there are limits on the expert testimony that would be allowed.
Johnson & Johnson had tried to prevent the complainants’ experts from testifying, which would have effectively ended the case.
Leigh O’Dell, a lawyer for the complainants, said, “We are very happy.
“The decision states, in summary, that the complainants’ general causation experts will be able to testify that talc can cause ovarian cancer. “
Applicants will be able to testify from experts that talc products have caused cancer based on epidemiological studies and that the link could be caused by contamination with asbestos and heavy metals.
They will also be able to testify that talc can reach the ovaries when used vaginally, but will not be able to say that it can get to the ovaries if it is inhaled.
Johnson & Johnson denies that his talc causes cancer and says that there are many studies to back up his claims.
The company said in a statement on Monday that the decision was “not a court decision on the validity of the plaintiffs’ allegations”.
He also stated that previous verdicts in favor of the complainants had been overturned during the appeal process.
Johnson & Johnson is currently using record $ 4.69 billion (£ 3.7 billion) against St Louis, Missouri. This trial involved 22 complainants in July 2018.
There is also a federal criminal investigation into the honesty of Johnson & Johnson regarding the safety of its talc products.
Talcum powder absorbs moisture and helps reduce chafing, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping prevent rashes.
It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and body and face powders for adults.