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Attorney General Todd Rokita reaches an $18 million settlement for Indiana with Johnson & Johnson

Indiana is expected to receive $18 million as part of a settlement Attorney General Todd Rokita reached with pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. The payout is intended to resolve allegations of misleading advertising in the marketing of baby powder and body powder products containing the mineral talc.

“Hoosiers have a right to expect fairness from businesses, especially those that make money at the expense of people’s health – and the law requires just that,” said Attorney General Rokita. “We all want businesses to prosper and prosper, but our office will never hesitate to hold them accountable when it comes to protecting our state’s consumers. This settlement once again demonstrates our determination to ensure that even multinational companies are kept under control.”

Working with 42 of his colleagues from other states and the District of Columbia, Attorney General Rokita helped forge a nationwide $700 million settlement.

The consent judgment filed in this lawsuit addresses allegations that Johnson & Johnson deceptively promoted and misled consumers in advertisements regarding the safety and purity of some of its talcum powder products.

Pursuant to the consent judgment, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to permanently cease the manufacture, marketing, promotion, sale and distribution of all baby and body powder products and cosmetic powder products containing talcum powder – either directly or indirectly through a third party.

Johnson & Johnson had been selling such products for more than 100 years. After the coalition of states began an investigation, the company stopped distributing and selling these products in the United States and recently ended worldwide sales. While this lawsuit focused on the deceptive marketing of these products, numerous other lawsuits brought by private plaintiffs in class actions raised allegations that talc causes serious health problems, including mesothelioma and ovarian cancer.

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