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Johnson & Johnson’s Asbestos Testing On Prisoners Revealed in Court Documents

A report in the Philadelphia Inquirer revealed that “More than 50 years ago, nearly a dozen men incarcerated in Philadelphia enrolled in an experiment funded by Johnson & Johnson, according to unsealed documents. Now, those studies have come back to haunt the world’s largest maker of health-care products.

In one study, inmates were paid to be injected with potentially cancer-causing asbestos so the company could compare its effect on their skin versus that of talc, a key component in its iconic baby powder.”

Even if J&J resolves most of the talc cases through the bankruptcy case, some victims are likely to opt out of the deal and seek their day in court, said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor. He said the testing files could wind up being part of punitive-damages presentations in coming trials.

Read The Inquirer article here.

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