According to files that have been recently released, there is evidence that Johnson & Johnson executives knew that their brand's baby powder had asbestos in it. This may bolster the cases of Kentucky residents who have filed lawsuits against the company. It has long been established that there is a link between asbestos and mesothelioma. The information that was released gives some insight into how Johnson & Johnson has handled the problem.
For instance, there were efforts to cast doubt on research showing that the baby powder may not be safe. The company even lobbied to have the information kept a secret from the public. However, some within the company thought that the problem should be dealt with by having greater quality controls established or by discontinuing the product altogether. As there has been a lack of information made public, it has been difficult for plaintiffs to obtain favorable outcomes in their cases.
This may change now that there is evidence that the company knew about potential risks and failed to warn the public. There is also a greater chance that the company will offer settlements to those who bring legal action against it. Individuals who choose to take their cases to court may find that juries are more sympathetic to their plight because of the new information available.
People who have used or been exposed to products containing asbestos may have grounds for legal action against the manufacturers. An individual may be entitled to a financial award from a jury or a negotiated settlement to help pay for medical bills or other damages related to exposure to asbestos.