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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.


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Miss. Court Stays Attorney General Action Against J&J Pending Appeal

A Mississippi state court has granted Johnson & Johnson’s motion to stay a talcum powder action brought by the Mississippi Attorney General, pending final resolution of the appeal of an order denying defense efforts to obtain summary judgment.


Mo. Supreme Court Sides with Talc Defendants, Moves Blaes Claims to St. Louis County

The Missouri Supreme Court has found that a trial court abused its discretion in overruling motions to sever and transfer talcum powder claims, concluding that the case should be tried in St. Louis County, not St. Louis City.


Imerys Talc America Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Cites Pending Personal Injury Suits

Imerys Talc America has filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, estimating its number of creditors between 10,000 and 25,000 and its estimated liabilities to be between $50 million and $100 million.


Perspectives: 'Challenging the Plaintiff’s Economic Expert'

Erik W. Legg and Stephanie M. Rippee discuss common issues faced by defense counsel when challenging an opposing party’s expert economist or accountant and provide examples of several approaches to the expert challenge.


Miss. Attorney General Opposes J&J’s Efforts to Stay, Continue Trial Date in Talcum Powder Action

Parties in the talcum powder action brought by the Mississippi Attorney General have exchanged briefing on a motion to continue and stay pending appeal, with the plaintiffs arguing that a stay would prejudice the State since “talcum powder products continue to be sold and used by women across the State of Mississippi.”


Imerys Backs Efforts to ‘Claw Back’ Emails from Employee, Says Marital Communications Privilege Applies

Parties in the national multidistrict litigation docket for talcum powder claims have exchanged briefing on the applicability of marital communications privilege to the emails of an Imerys Talc America employee, with the defendant noting that a California state court recently applied such privilege.


Plaintiffs in New Fla. State Court Complaint Allege Exposure to Asbestos in Talcum Powder, Automobile Brake Products

A new complaint has been filed in Florida state court asserting mixed exposure claims, contending that the male plaintiff developed mesothelioma as a result of both using asbestos-contaminated talcum powder products and automotive brakes.


Fla. Court Weighs in Dispute Over Scope of Jurisdictional Discovery in Talc Case

A Florida state court has, in part, overruled objections to jurisdictional requests for production submitted by the plaintiffs in a talcum powder case, ordering Imerys Talc to answer specific interrogatories and to produce a corporate witness for deposition.


J&J Defendants Remove Lone Volusia County Talc Case to Federal Court 1 Year After Complaint Was Filed

Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. have removed a talcum powder case one year after it was filed, saying that the voluntary dismissal of in-state defendant Publix Super Markets created “complete diversity between the remaining parties.”


U.S. Senator Writes Letter to J&J, ‘Troubled’ by Reports of ‘Alleged Decades-Long Effort’ to Mislead Consumers on Baby Powder Safety

Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has sent a letter to Johnson & Johnson’s Chief Executive Officer, saying she is troubled by the recent reports of an “alleged decades-long effort by Johnson & Johnson to potentially mislead regulators and consumers about the safety of one of its products, which may have resulted in long-term harm for [those] that used Johnson & Johnson baby powder.”


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