An attempt the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to stop a lawsuit against the company related to allegations its talcum powder causes ovarian cancer - among other diseases - was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.
The case dates to 2014, when Mississippi sued J&J. Mississippi argues the company violated state law by failing to warn users of “dangerous and potentially lethal” health risks of using its products, which Mississippi says increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women.
The company argues that since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was aware of the risk but did not require it to revise its label, the company should be in the clear.
J&J is facing thousands of lawsuits after allegations arose that some its products that use talc - a type of mineral - often are contaminated with asbestos, which can pose a danger to its users.
Billions of dollars have already been awarded in damages to many women who developed cancer after using the products, which are popular for female hygiene.
The Supreme Court denied a J&J bid to block a Mississippi lawsuit accusing the company of not disclosing the risks of its talc based products to consumers. J&J's baby powder (pictured) uses talc powder, which can often be contaminated with asbestos. There are allegations that such contamination caused ovarian cancer in dozens of women who used the product
Talc is a mineral used to create products like J&J's baby powder.
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