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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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Issue #27, February 2019

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.”


J&J Defendants File Motion to Compel ‘Overdue’ Discovery Responses in Fla. Talc Case

Defendants named in a Florida state court talcum powder action have filed a motion to compel overdue discovery responses from the plaintiffs, arguing that more than four months has passed since written discovery was served.


Issue #26, January 2019

Pa. State Court Stays Talc Action in Light of Pending Jurisdiction Appeal

A Pennsylvania state court has stayed a talcum powder action pending the resolution of Imerys Talc America Inc’s interlocutory appeal of an order in which the court agreed to reconsider its earlier determination that it could not exercise jurisdiction over the company.


Parties in Coordinated Calif. Docket for Talcum Powder Claims Agree to Allow Fallopian Tube Cancer Cases

The parties involved in California’s coordinated docket for state talcum powder personal injury claims have agreed to allow cases involving fallopian tube cancer in the docket, according to a recent court document.


Missouri Supreme Court Stays Upcoming Multi-Plaintiff Talcum Powder Trial After Defendants Raise Venue Challenges

The Missouri Supreme Court has sustained a writ of prohibition in an upcoming talcum powder ovarian cancer trial, granting defendants’ request to review a venue dispute in what was scheduled to be the next multi-plaintiff case to proceed to trial in the state.


J&J Files Motion to Stay Miss. AG Action, Seeks Appeal of Order Denying Summary Judgment

Johnson & Johnson has moved to stay a talcum powder action brought by the Mississippi Attorney General pending interlocutory appeal of an order denying the defendant’s efforts to obtain summary judgment in the matter.


Miss. Court Rejects Summary Judgment Motion from J&J in Mississippi AG Action

A Mississippi court has denied a summary judgment motion filed by Johnson & Johnson defendants in a talcum powder action brought by the state’s Attorney General, concluding that there were triable issues of material fact as to whether the defendants hid the risks of developing ovarian cancer from talcum powder use from Mississippi residents.


Fla. Appellate Court Reverses Order, Says Imerys Talc America Has ‘No Contacts with Florida’

A Florida appellate court has reversed an order denying Imerys Talc America’s motion to dismiss talc claims asserted against the company on jurisdiction grounds, concluding that the defendant had “no contacts with Florida.”


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