The health products giant used a quirk of Texas state law to spin off a new company called LTL, then dumped all its asbestos-related liabilities — including the avalanche of lawsuits — into the new firm.
LTL filed for bankruptcy last week in a federal court in Charlotte, N.C., a move designed to sharply limit efforts to recover damages for those who say they were harmed by J&J's baby powder.
"Johnson & Johnson doesn't have this liability anymore. They pushed all of it into the company they created just to file for bankruptcy," said Lindsey Simon, a bankruptcy expert at the University of Georgia School of Law.
Can the parent company be forced to pay for the damages after the spin off move was made? I don't know how a company can create a spin off, dump the liabilities there and then let the company fail and not have to pay any cent. Can a new lawsuit be made against J&J to pay for the damages still or is this move totally legal in the U.S.?