Vermont receives $3.1 million from talcum baby powder lawsuit settlement

Vermont is expected to receive $3.1 million as part of a multi-state settlement with pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson that resolves allegations that the company misled the public about the safety of its talc-based baby powder. In total, Johnson & Johnson will pay $700 million to the 43 states that filed lawsuits.

The national coalition alleged that the company continued to market its talc products as safe despite knowing the talc often contained asbestos, a carcinogen, Vermont Attorney General Charity Clark said.

“I will continue to use the authority of my office to protect the people of Vermont,” Clark said during a news conference Tuesday. “And to make the market fairer and safer for consumers and to hold accountable companies that put profits before the health and safety of their citizens. Vermonters.”

Johnson & Johnson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company did not admit to any wrongdoing in the settlement agreement.

Johnson & Johnson stopped distributing and selling these talc products in the United States after the multi-state coalition began its investigation four years ago and recently halted worldwide sales of these products, the Vermont attorney general’s office said.

The settlement also requires the company not to resume manufacturing or marketing talc products.

The $3.1 million Vermont will receive from the settlement will be distributed to the state over four years. The money will go into the state’s general fund, Clark said.

The settlement announced Tuesday only settles consumer protection claims brought by the multi-state coalition. Numerous other lawsuits have been filed by individuals claiming that the asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talc products caused mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.

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