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 #05, August 2016
A New Jersey federal court said it will allow a talcum plaintiff to file a motion to compel a hospital to produce tissue blocks in the wake of the hospital’s indication that it would not produce the blocks without a court order.
An additional six talcum powder suits are now pending in federal courts, with five of the six filed by new plaintiffs in recent days in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Illinois.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is scheduled to hear arguments relating to the creation of a multidistrict litigation docket for talcum powder claims at its September 29 hearing, according got a recent notice.
Plaintiffs Oppose Creation of Talcum Powder MDL Docket; J&J Supports Coordinated Docket, Suggests New Jersey Court
Parties on both sides of the talcum powder litigation have lodged opposition to the recent effort to create a multidistrict litigation docket to handle the growing number of claims, with some of the plaintiffs contesting the creation of a docket outright and the Johnson & Johnson defendants suggesting a different location.
Defendants in a talcum powder action pending in New Mexico federal court have requested that the proceedings be stayed, citing the pending motion to create a multidistrict litigation docket filed with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
Plaintiffs with talcum powder claims pending in a Missouri federal court have opposed defense efforts to dismiss the claims for lack of personal jurisdiction or improper venue, maintaining that the defendants have ties to the state.
A petition to create a coordinated docket for California’s growing number of talcum powder claims has been granted, according to a recent ruling.
At least nine new talcum powder exposure lawsuits have been filed in federal courts across the country in recent days, with the plaintiffs in each one contending that they developed ovarian cancer as a result of using Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower.
A New Jersey state court is currently overseeing hearings related to expert admissibility in two talcum powder lawsuits, one of which is set to begin trial this fall, sources told HarrisMartin.
Defendants Oppose Remand Efforts in Multi-Plaintiff Talcum Powder Suit, Say Courts Don’t Have Personal Jurisdiction over Non-Resident Manufacturers
Defendants named in a New Mexico talcum powder lawsuit have opposed the plaintiffs’ remand efforts, maintaining that “courts do not possess personal jurisdiction over non-resident manufacturers as to claims by out-of-state plaintiffs that arose out of state.”