NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.— Johnson & Johnson Chief Executive Alex Gorsky testified in court Monday for the first time in litigation over the safety of his company’s signature baby powder, saying the company has taken steps to ensure it is safe to use.
“I was told by experts in these fields that in fact we were using the most appropriate, most up-to-date methodologies to make sure our talc was safe,” Mr. Gorsky said in a New Jersey state courtroom just a few blocks from company headquarters.
Mr. Gorsky, who has worked at J&J most of his career and led the company since 2012, has publicly defended the safety of one of the company’s most well-known products, Johnson’s Baby Powder, since litigation over the topic began to mount in recent years.
In a video posted on J&J’s website and a television interview on CNBC’s “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” in December 2018, Mr. Gorsky said J&J cooperated with regulators and that tests had shown its talcum powders to be safe.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers said these statements make Mr. Gorsky a key witness in the case because his comments furthered the company’s conduct of concealing the dangers of talc powders.