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Oklahoma to receive nearly $10 million in Johnson & Johnson talc powder settlement

 Gentner Drummond wears a dark suit and burgundy tie as he speaks behind a podium before a screen with featuring the Oklahoma Office of Attorney General seal.
Graycen Wheeler
Gentner Drummond announced his plans for legal action at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Tuesday.

Oklahoma has joined a $700 million nationwide settlement with Johnson & Johnson.

State Attorney General Gentner Drummond says the state's share is $9.8 million.

The lawsuit alleged that Johnson & Johnson deceptively promoted and misled consumers in advertisements related to the safety and purity of some of its talc powder products.

“This landmark settlement signifies a tremendous step forward in consumer protection for Oklahomans and all Americans,” Drummond said in a statement. “With research underscoring the connection between these products and ovarian cancer, this settlement is a responsible course of action.”

The company has agreed to stop making and selling its baby powder and body powder products containing talc in the U.S.

More than 40 other states are part of the settlement.

Johnson & Johnson will pay Oklahoma’s share of the agreement in four annual installments of about $2.45 million through 2027.

Deborah is local host/reporter for NPR’s All Things Considered afternoon news program on KGOU, joining the station in March 2023.
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