Missouri's 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis currently houses the largest of several talcum powder litigations involving Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products. In August, the New Jersey-based company asked the Court to dismiss the cases, arguing, among other things, that Missouri had no jurisdiction over the claims. In doing so, Johnson & Johnson asserted that it has few ties to the area, and pointed out that the majority of plaintiffs reside outside of the jurisdiction. While the Court rejected the motion, Johnson & Johnson reportedly plans to make the same arguments to the Missouri Court of Appeals. (Case No 1422-CC09012-01)
"Our Firm is closely following the talcum powder litigation throughout the nation, as we have been contacted by a number of potential plaintiffs interested in filing similar cases. Given Johnson & Johnson's poor track record in Missouri, it's not at all surprising that the company would attempt such a maneuver," says Sandy A. Liebhard, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective medical devices, drugs and consumer products. The Firm is offering free legal reviews to victims of ovarian cancer allegedly related to the use of Johnson & Johnson's talc-based powders.
Talcum Powder Litigation
Court documents indicate that more than 2,500 talcum powder lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the country. Plaintiffs allege that numerous studies published since the 1970s have suggested that the regular and repeated use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes can contribute to the development of ovarian cancer. They further contend that Johnson & Johnson has been aware of this risk for decades, but chose not to include warning labels on its talcum powders in order to protect sales of those products.
In October, the jury hearing evidence in Missouri's third talcum powder trial awarded $70 million in compensatory and punitive damage to an ovarian cancer victim who had used Baby Powder as part of her daily feminine hygiene routine for more than 40 years. Two other Missouri trials concluded earlier this year, resulting in awards of $72 million and $55 million for the plaintiffs involved in those cases.
In addition to the claims pending in Missouri, Johnson & Johnson is named a defendant in roughly 200 talcum powder lawsuits that have been centralized in New Jersey's Atlantic County Superior Court. A multidistrict litigation has also been established in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, for all federally-filed ovarian cancer lawsuits involving Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products. (In Re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation – MDL No.2738)
Bernstein Liebhard LLP continues to offer free, no-obligation legal reviews to individuals interested in filing a talcum powder lawsuit for ovarian cancer. To learn more, please visit the Firm's website, or call 800-511-5092 to arrange for a free, no obligation case review.
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