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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Issue #44, July 2020
The federal court overseeing the multidistrict litigation docket for talcum powder personal injury claims has outlined the schedule for the selection of, and case-specific discovery for, “Stage Two” cases.
Talcum Powder MDL Court Denies Plaintiffs’ Efforts to File Sur-Reply to PCPC’s Summary Judgment Motion
The federal court overseeing the national multidistrict litigation docket for talcum powder claims has denied plaintiffs’ efforts to file a sur-reply opposing the Personal Care Products Council’s motion for summary judgment, stating that, should additional briefing be required, it will direct the parties to do so.
Issue #43, June 2020
HarrisMartin: Missouri Appellate Court Affirms Multi-Billion Talc Verdict in Part, Reverses Finding of Jurisdiction as to Some Non-Resident Plaintiffs
A Missouri appellate court has affirmed a multi-billion talcum powder verdict in part, entering a judgment totaling $2.1 billion in actual and punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., and Johnson & Johnson.
Three cosmetic manufacturers have begun removing talcum powder from their products, joining Johnson & Johnson in moving away from using talc body powder in their products, according to a recent report.
Parties involved in the national talcum powder multidistrict litigation docket have filed a brief outlining remaining general causation issues left in the wake of the court’s Daubert opinion, noting that there are motions to exclude testimony that have not yet been addressed.
The judge overseeing the national coordinated multidistrict litigation docket for talcum powder personal injury claims has randomly chosen 1,000 cases in which discovery will take place, the first step in the selection of bellwether trials.
Those in the Talcum Powder MDL Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee have asked the court overseeing the national coordinated docket to enter a case management order establishing a Talc Common Benefit Fee and Expense Account, saying that, at this juncture of the litigation, spreading the costs of efforts undertaken for the common benefit of all is necessary.
Issue #42, May 2020
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 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.
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.