USA – Johnson & Johnson agrees $700m settlement to resolve talcum powder investigations

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has tentatively agreed to a $700m settlement with more than 40 US states over their investigations into the marketing of its talcum powder-based products.

The latest deal, which would be part of a far bigger settlement, includes 42 states and Washington DC and would resolve their probes into whether the company misled consumers about the health risks posed by the products.

Among the states that did not sign on to the agreement are Mississippi and New Mexico, which filed separate suits in 2014 and 2020 and are seeking larger settlements.

The new agreement does not extend to private plaintiffs’ cases against the company, with some of these expected to go to trial later this year…