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
Missouri Court Hears Defense Motions for New Trial and JNOV in Talc Case That Ended in $72 Million Verdict
Motions filed by Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Inc. for a new trial and for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict in a case that ended in a $72 million verdict have been heard and submitted, according to a recent docket entry.
Talc Plaintiffs Move to Remand Recently Removed Case; Say Courts Have Declined Jurisdiction in Similar Cases ‘Countless Times’
Plaintiffs asserting talc-based powder exposure claims have moved to remand a recently removed lawsuit, arguing that courts have repeatedly rejected the defendants’ fraudulent misjoinder argument.
A Missouri state court has issued a scheduling order stating that the Jan. 2017 trial setting for a talc-based powder exposure multi-plaintiff suit be for the trial of a single plaintiff which will be a defense pick, departing from earlier plans to hold a multi-plaintiff trial.
The defendants appealing a federal court order granting a plaintiff’s motion to voluntarily dismiss a talc-based powder exposure case have moved to supplement the record, arguing that a scheduling order recently filed in state court is “highly relevant” to the instant proceedings.
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.