Talcum Powder Litigation Report

Hot on the heels of separate $72 million and $55 million verdicts entered against Johnson & Johnson defendants, HarrisMartin has launched this Talcum Powder Litigation Report, an online-only resource dedicated solely to news on talc-based powder ovarian cancer claims.



Current Issue

Parties in Ongoing Talcum Powder Trial Expected to Present Closing Arguments Friday

Parties involved in the fourth talcum powder trial to take place in Missouri state court are expected to present closing arguments on Friday, March 3, sources confirmed to HarrisMartin Publishing.

Issue #11, February 2017

D.C. Court Amends Scheduling Order in Talcum Powder Case; Trial Still Slated for July

A Washington, D.C. court overseeing a talcum powder case has amended upcoming deadlines, but has, so far, not moved the scheduled July 10 trial date in the matter.

D.C. Court Grants PCPC’s Motion to Dismiss Talc Claims Under Anti-SLAPP Act

A Washington, D.C. court has granted the Personal Care Products Council’s motion to dismiss talcum powder claims filed against the association, accepting the defendant’s position that the claims were barred by the Anti-SLAPP Act.

Personal Care Products Council Moves to Dismiss in Talcum Powder MDL, Says Courts Don’t Have Jurisdiction

The Personal Care Products Council has asked the federal court overseeing the national multidistrict litigation docket to dismiss it from the litigation, maintaining that personal jurisdiction does not exist in the suits that name the association and that the Anti-SLAPP statutes preclude some of the lawsuits.

Jury Panel Chosen for Talc Trial Dismissed After Attorney Falls Ill; Second Voir Dire Underway

The initial jury chosen for the fourth talcum powder trial to begin in Missouri state court has been dismissed after one of the attorneys involved in the case became ill during opening arguments, according to the court’s online docket.

Oral Argument Scheduled in Appeal Involving Alleged Forum Shopping in Talc Suit

Oral argument has been scheduled in the appeal of an order granting a plaintiff’s voluntary motion to dismiss a talc-based powder exposure suit, after which the appellate court will decide whether the District Court erred when it did not address the question of whether the plaintiffs engaged in forum shopping by dismissing the case.

N.J. Talc Plaintiffs Whose Claims Were Dismissed File Appellate Brief; Say Court ‘Usurped Role of Jury’

Plaintiffs whose talcum powder claims were thrown out last year by a New Jersey state court have filed their appellate brief, maintaining that the trial court “substituted its own judgment for that of the scientists and usurped the role of the jury by holding what was in effect a bench trial on the issue of causation.”

J&J Defendants File Appellate Brief Contesting Entry of Judgment in $72 Million Talcum Powder Verdict

Johnson & Johnson defendants contesting a $72 million verdict entered in the first talcum powder case to proceed to trial in Missouri have filed their appellate brief, arguing in part that the plaintiff’s expert “re-characterize” studies with which she disagreed.

JPML Refuses to Vacate Transfer Orders Issued in 12 Talcum Powder Cases; Says Jurisdictional Objections Not ‘Sufficient Reason to Deny Transfer’

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has denied motions to vacate transfer orders in 12 talcum powder lawsuits, opining that “jurisdictional objection is not, as a general matter, a sufficient reason to delay or deny transfer.”

Calif. Court Sets First Trial Setting in Coordinated Talcum Powder Docket for July 3

The judge overseeing California’s coordinated docket for talcum powder claims has scheduled the first trial to take place in the state for July 3, sources told HarrisMartin.

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