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 #03, June 2016
A new talc-based powder exposure complaint has been filed in New Mexico by several plaintiffs, all of whom allegedly developed ovarian tumors as a result of using Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products.
Several plaintiffs with talc-based powder exposure claims pending in California state court have filed a petition for coordination, contending that coordination of the cases would avoid duplicative or inconsistent rulings.
Another talc-based powder exposure lawsuit has been filed in California state court, with the latest complaint involving the claims of four women who said that daily use of the products caused them to develop ovarian cancer.
Canadian Citizens File Class Action Lawsuit Against Johnson & Johnson for Injuries Allegedly Related to Talc-Based Powder Products
A group of Canadians have filed a class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson defendants in a Toronto court, contending that the defendants were negligent in the development, testing, design, manufacturing and distribution of their Baby Powder products.
Johnson & Johnson has filed a motion to quash service of summons and complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction in a talc-based powder exposure suit, maintaining that the plaintiff has failed to establish that the decedent was a resident of California, ever purchased or used the allegedly harmful products in the state, or developed or was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in California.
Maryland Federal Court Denies Defense Efforts to Toss Fraud, Conspiracy Claims in Talc-Based Powder Case
A Maryland federal court has denied defendants’ motion in a talc-based powder exposure lawsuit to dismiss fraud, intentional misrepresentation and fraud-concealment claims, saying that it was satisfied that the counts state claims upon which relief could be granted.
Talc Plaintiff: $72 Million Award Justified by Defendants’ Knowledge of Talc Risks for Decades without Action
A jury’s decision to award $72 million to the representative of a woman who allegedly developed ovarian cancer as a result of exposure to talc-based powder products was “well within Constitutional bounds,” according to a plaintiff’s recent opposition brief.
A plaintiff who was awarded $72 million at the conclusion of the first talc-based powder case to proceed to trial in St. Louis has refuted Johnson & Johnson’s post-trial assertions that the jury’s award was excessive, arguing that it “well within the bounds of what Missouri law recognizes as a justifiable award.”
Issue #02, May 2016
Plaintiffs have filed 15 new talc-based powder cases in New Jersey in the last three weeks, bringing the total number of cases pending in that state’s coordinated docket to 151, according to a recent published case list.
The Johnson & Johnson defendants involved in a talc-based powder exposure suit recently removed to federal court have moved to dismiss the majority of the plaintiffs for lack of jurisdiction, contending that the St. Louis state court in which the claims were originally filed has a history of “impermissible practice … playing host to nationwide plaintiffs whose claims lack the requisite jurisdictional connection to the City.”