Katie Porter slams Johnson & Johnson for trying to separate its assets amid massive lawsuit: 'This is an injustice'
Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) recently blasted Johnson & Johnson for moving to split its baby powder from the rest of the company amid a highly publicized class-action lawsuit from thousands of women.
Since the group of plaintiffs, some of whom have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, are alleging that the corporation's baby powder and other talc products were contaminated with asbestos, Porter is criticizing the company's push to treat its baby powder as a separate company, Business Insider reports.
On Tuesday, October 19, the Democratic lawmaker questioned the corporation's decision and criticized its attempt to shield assets from litigation.
"Johnson & Johnson filed in court last week to split its Baby Powder from the rest of the company," the congresswoman tweeted. "Why? J&J knew asbestos laced some bottles but kept it a secret for decades. Tens of thousands of women with ovarian cancer are suing, and the company wants to shield its assets."
"J&J sold the powder for 60 years, and now that it has to pay for these women's medical bills, it wants the courts to treat 'Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder' as a separate company," the California congresswoman continued.
J&J sold the powder for 60 years, and now that it has to pay for these women\u2019s medical bills, it wants the courts to treat \u201cJohnson & Johnson Baby Powder\u201d as a separate company. \n\n J&J net worth: $440 billion. \n \u201cJ&J Baby Powder\u201d net worth: $2 billion.\n\nThis is an injustice.— Rep. Katie Porter (@Rep. Katie Porter) 1634666393
Linda Lipsen, who works for the American Association for Justice, also released a statement criticizing the corporation's actions, according to ABC News.
"There are countless Americans suffering from cancer, or mourning the death of a loved one, because of the toxic baby powder that Johnson & Johnson put on the market that has made it one of the most profitable pharmaceutical corporations in the world," Lipsen said in the statement. "Their conduct and now bankruptcy gimmick is as despicable as it is brazen."
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