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.



Issue #42, May 2020

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.”

New Ovarian Cancer Talcum Powder Lawsuit Filed in Ga. State Court Against J&J

A new complaint has been filed in Georgia state court against Johnson & Johnson defendants contending that the company has known for decades that its talcum powder products contained asbestos and their unwillingness to admit this caused the decedent to develop ovarian cancer.

Retrial of Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Case Continued as Atlanta Court Declares Judicial Emergency, Citing COVID-19 Concerns

The retrial of a talcum powder ovarian cancer case that ended in a hung jury last year has been continued from its April 8 trial date in wake of an Atlanta state court judge’s declaration of the existence of a judicial emergency related to the continued transmission of Coronavirus/COVID-19 throughout the county.

Atlanta Judge Declares Judicial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak; Suspends All Deadlines

The Atlanta Judicial Circuit has declared the existence of a Judicial Emergency in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, saying that the continued transmission of Coronavirus/COVID-19 throughout the county warrants such a declaration.

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