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Issue #222, April 2019
Plaintiffs in two separate asbestos cosmetic talcum powder lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson in South Carolina state court have moved to consolidate their claims, saying that the state’s Civil Procedure “provide for the consolidation of matters when they involve a common question of law or fact.”
Legislation aimed at establishing an office to mediate asbestos claims has died in the Maryland Senate, as senators opted not to approve a bill that was opposed by the Maryland Judiciary, which stated that it is “making full use of … procedures” established five years ago to address a backlog of asbestos cases in the Baltimore City docket.
A California jury has reached a defense verdict in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder lawsuit in favor of Johnson & Johnson, rejecting claims that the plaintiffs’ exposure to asbestos in the company’s personal care products caused him to develop mesothelioma.
An Ohio jury has reached a defense verdict for John Crane after a two-week trial in which the plaintiffs said that regular work with asbestos-containing gaskets and packing products caused the development of mesothelioma.
Plaintiffs in Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Action Seek Production of Pathology Samples in Motion to Compel
Plaintiffs in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder exposure lawsuit have renewed their motion to compel production of pathology samples from a medical center, saying that hospital has failed to comply with their subpoena.
Maryland Senators Debate Bill Establishing Office to Mediate Asbestos Claims; Judiciary Opposes Efforts
Legislators in Maryland are currently debating a bill that would establish an office to mediate asbestos claims, but the Maryland Judiciary has opposed the efforts, maintaining that it is “making full use of … procedures” established five years ago to address a backlog of asbestos cases in the Baltimore City docket.
A pizza oven company named as a defendant in an asbestos exposure action has been denied summary judgment after a New York court found that the plaintiff had sufficiently identified the defendant’s pizza ovens and provided descriptions of the equipment.
A New York court has rejected jurisdiction challenges asserted by Aurora Pump Co. in an asbestos lung cancer case, concluding in part that the acts of the defendant occurred in the state and are alleged to have resulted in the injury and death of the plaintiff.
Johnson & Johnson and plaintiffs involved in an asbestos-related talcum powder lawsuit have reached a settlement agreement after three days of trial. The California Superior Court for Los Angeles County jury heard opening statements on Monday and two ensuing days of testimony before being excused on Wednesday, March 27.
A New Jersey jury has reached a defense verdict in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder trial against Johnson & Johnson, needing less than one hour to reject the plaintiff’s claims that he developed mesothelioma as a result of using Baby Powder.