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Johnson & Johnson Takes a Powder

If you want Johnson & Johnson baby powder, stock up now or prepare to travel overseas. On Tuesday the company announced it will discontinue sales in the U.S. and Canada of talcum-based baby powder, which it has sold since 1894. America’s litigation-friendly legal system has subjected the company to a flood of baby-powder lawsuits, making it too expensive to sell in the U.S.

The first wave of lawsuits alleged that the product caused ovarian cancer—a claim the best medical science doesn’t support. A January study in the…

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