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Asbestos litigation: Johnson & Johnson faces another lawsuit

South Carolina consumers should feel confident that they are making safe purchases, but this is unfortunately more difficult than it seems. Companies are frequently more concerned with their own bottom lines than they are with the health and safety of their customers. Concerned over citizens' safety, one state is engaging in asbestos litigation against Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson.

The attorney general for this Southwestern state filed a lawsuit against these two companies, citing their alleged knowledge of toxic substances in some of their consumer goods. That suit accuses both of these companies of aggressively marketing their products to minority groups -- specifically African-American and Hispanic residents -- despite having known for decades that their talc products were contaminated with asbestos. These two groups make up about 50% of the state's population.

Not only did Johnson & Johnson allegedly misrepresent the safety of its talc-based baby powder and several other products, but it did so despite being fully aware of the implications. In a document that outlined the marketing strategy for that state, the company fully acknowledged that talc negatively impacts communities' health and is linked to cancer. The attorney general who filed the suit also claims that Johnson & Johnson still misrepresents the toxic nature of its talc products.

Some companies seem to feel as if consumer safety does not matter so long as they are turning profits. This dangerous approach to business jeopardizes the health and well being of everyone in South Carolina. For those who have developed mesothelioma, lung cancer or other diseases because of dangerous products, it is possible to seek compensation through asbestos litigation.

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