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S.C. Jury Finds for J&J in Asbestos Talc Case

A South Carolina jury has found in favor of Johnson & Johnson on claims that a woman’s cancer was caused by her use of the company's talcum powder.

N.Y. Jury Awards $25 Million to Plaintiffs at Conclusion of Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Trial

A New York jury has awarded $25 million in compensatory damages at the conclusion of an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder trial against Johnson & Johnson and answered affirmatively that the plaintiffs are entitled to punitive damages, HarrisMartin Publishing is reporting.

Wash. Court Reverses Order Tossing Asbestos Claims on Statute of Repose Grounds, Says Premises Owner-Related Claims Can Proceed

A Washington appellate court has reversed in part an order tossing asbestos claims on statute of repose grounds, ruling that while the plaintiffs could not bring claims against the defendant for construction-related activities, claims arising out of the defendant’s role as a premises owner could proceed.

Wash. Court Awards Summary Judgment to Weir Valves & Controls in Asbestos Case

A Washington federal court has awarded summary judgment to Weir Valves & Controls USA Inc., finding that the plaintiff didn’t present admissible evidence linking his illness to the product manufactured by the defendant.

Del. Judge Recommends Granting of Unopposed Summary Judgment Motion in Asbestos Case

A Delaware magistrate judge has recommended granting an unopposed summary judgment motion, concluding that the plaintiff had not introduced evidence demonstrating a product nexus.

Del. Court Rejects Efforts by Johnson & Johnson to Move Thousands of Talc Cases to Bankruptcy Court

A Delaware court has ruled that Johnson & Johnson has not established that provisional transfer is warranted of “essentially every talc case pending against it,” rejecting the defendant’s efforts to move all state court talcum powder claims to the court overseeing Imerys Talc America’s bankruptcy petition.

Calif. Court Remands Asbestos Talc Case, Rejects J&J’s Efforts to Link Claims to Ongoing Imerys Talc Bankruptcy

A California federal court has remanded an asbestos talcum powder action that was one of thousands removed by Johnson & Johnson last month in an effort to link the litigation to the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings of Imerys Talc America Inc., concluding that Johnson & Johnson deprived the plaintiffs of their “best chance for an efficient adjudication when it removed” the action weeks before trial was scheduled to begin.

Wash. Court Awards Summary Judgment to 5 Asbestos Defendants, Says Causation Lacking

A Washington federal court has awarded summary judgment to several defendants in an asbestos case, concluding in part that the plaintiffs had failed to present admissible evidence linking the plaintiff’s mesothelioma to the products manufactured by the defendant.

Plaintiff Awarded Summary Judgment on Foster Wheeler’s Defenses in Asbestos Exposure Case

A Maryland federal judge has awarded the plaintiffs summary judgment on Foster Wheeler LLC’s sophisticated user and superseding cause defenses, ruling that it was not reasonable for the defendant to rely upon the decedent’s employer to warn him of the risks of asbestos exposure.

Calif. Appeals Court Upholds Stay of Asbestos Exposure Case for Forum Non Conveniens

A California appeals court has upheld the stay of an asbestos exposure case on the basis of forum non conveniens, ruling that because the exposure and medical treatment took place in Wisconsin, and the decedent was a resident of that state, that is where the action should have been filed.

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