J&J Baby Powder Litigation Takes New Focus with Asbestos Claims


Howard Erichson was quoted in a U.S. News article about a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson that claims the company’s talc products might be contaminated with asbestos.

Some 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, according to the American Cancer Society, a number that Howard Erichson, a law professor at Fordham University who specializes in mass tort litigation, called significant from a legal standpoint.

Erichson said the widespread use of J&J’s consumer products generally make the company an attractive litigation target.


“Baby powder is as ubiquitous a product you can think of and there are lots of people who can testify they’ve been exposed to it,” he said.

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