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

J&J Announces Discontinuation of Talc-Based Baby Powder in U.S. and Canada

Saying that it remains “steadfastly confident in the safety” of its Baby Powder, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health has opted to permanently discontinue its talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder, it announced today.

Personal Care Products Council Asks MDL Court to Re-List Summary Judgement Motion

Personal Care Products Council has asked the MDL Court overseeing the national talcum powder coordinated docket to re-list its motion for summary judgment on the court’s docket.

Talcum Powder MDL Judge Outlines Beginning Steps to Selecting Bellwether Trials

The court overseeing the national talcum powder products liability multidistrict litigation docket has issued an order outlining case selection and discovery for the purpose of establishing a process for identifying and selecting bellwether cases for trial.

Parties in Federal Talc MDL Docket File Status Report in Wake of Court’s Daubert Hearing

Parties in the national talcum powder multidistrict litigation docket have filed a status report, noting that there are nearly 15,400 cases pending in the federal coordinated proceedings.

Issue #41, April 2020

HarrisMartin: Talcum Powder MDL Court Releases Daubert Decision, Says Plaintiff Expert Testimony Admissible ‘Subject to Limitations’

The federal court overseeing the national talcum powder multidistrict litigation docket has released its much-anticipated Daubert ruling, concluding, in part, that the plaintiffs’ general causation expert testimony is admissible, even if the experts’ conclusions “in the context of some of these factors demonstrate a relatively minimal causal relationship between talc use and ovarian cancer.”

Missouri Court Oversees Arguments in Appeal of $4.69 Billion Talc Verdict; J&J Argues Joint Trial ‘Defied Common Sense’

A Missouri appellate court oversaw oral arguments in the appeal of a $4.69 billion talcum powder verdict, during which counsel for Johnson & Johnson argued that the joint trial of 22 plaintiffs “defies human nature and common sense.”

Missouri Appellate Court to Preside Over Oral Arguments in Appeal of $4.69 Billion Talc Verdict

A Missouri appellate court is scheduled to preside over virtual oral arguments in the appeal of a $4.69 billion talcum powder verdict entered in favor of 22 plaintiffs on Friday, April 24, according to the court’s online docket.

Mo. Court Stays Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Action Pending Transfer to MDL Docket

A Missouri federal court has granted a motion to stay a talcum powder ovarian cancer personal injury suit pending a decision by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on whether to transfer the case to the national MDL docket.

Talcum Powder PSC Sends Letter to MDL Judge Detailing Deposition with Laboratory Director Who Found Asbestos in Baby Powder

The Talcum Powder MDL Plaintiff Steering Committee has sent a letter to the MDL judge highlighting the recent deposition of the third-party that conducted tests on Baby Powder that revealed asbestos contamination, noting that the company stands behind the results of the tests.

Issue #40, March 2020

PTI Royston Backs Efforts to Dismiss Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Claims on Statute of Repose Grounds

A defendant name in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder personal injury action has backed its efforts to dismiss certain claims as barred by Georgia’s statute of repose, contending that Georgia’s Asbestos Act “does not toll the statute of repose.”

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