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 #37, December 2019
Calif. Court Weighs in on J&J Demurrers to Talc Complaints, Finds Fault with Negligence Per Se, Aiding and Abetting Claims
The California court overseeing the state’s coordinated talcum powder personal injury docket has issued a tentative ruling weighing in on demurrers filed by J&J against the plaintiffs’ claims, concluding in part that the plaintiffs’ Second Amended Complaint is “sufficiently clear to apprise each J&J entity of the conduct at issue in this lawsuit.”
Jurors set to weigh in on talcum powder ovarian cancer claims in Missouri are expected to hear closing arguments on Friday, Dec. 20, sources confirmed to HarrisMartin.
Jurors in California have reached a defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson at the conclusion of an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder trial, rejecting claims that the plaintiff’s mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos in the products.
Imerys Talc America has filed for an extension of time in which to file its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan, the third time it has requested more time in which to file extend the exclusive periods.
A defendant named in a number of ovarian cancer talcum powder cases pending in Florida state court has opposed recent efforts by plaintiffs to consolidate cases pending in the county, maintaining that “consolidation will not conserve the resources of the Court or the parties.”
Fla. Appellate Court Refuses to Stay Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Case While it Considers Jurisdiction Dispute
A Florida appellate court has denied GlaxoSmithKline’s efforts to stay an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder case while it seeks appeal of a lower court order finding that it did, in fact, have jurisdiction over the company.
A New York court has deferred ruling on a motion to dismiss on jurisdiction grounds filed by Johnson & Johnson defendants in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder case, finding that the plaintiff had “made a ‘sufficient start’ for this court to grant jurisdictional discovery.”
Jury selection had been scheduled to begin this week in the next talcum powder ovarian cancer case to proceed to trial in Missouri, sources confirmed to HarrisMartin.
Issue #36, November 2019
A New York trial court has rejected challenges to forum in an asbestos-containing talcum powder action brought by a Texas woman, saying that the defendant’s ties to New York are enough to prevent dismissal on forum non conveniens grounds.
The Special Master appointed to oversee discovery disputes in the national talcum powder multidistrict litigation docket has weighed in on the dispute relating to the recall of a single lot of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, outlining testing procedures to be followed in the wake of the announcement.