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Opinion: J&J may have a hard time overcoming personal jurisdiction in Missouri

In light of Missouri trial Judge Rex M. Burlison upholding the May 2016 verdict of $110 million in favor of plaintiff Lois Slemp, finding that although she is a Virginia resident her case meets the jurisdictional standards laid out by the U.S. Supreme Court, Law360 addresses the potential future of talc trials in Missouri. The Supreme Court ruled in June in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, effectively changing the previously functioning rules for establishing personal jurisdiction for out-of-state plaintiffs. The trial that had been underway for two weeks on behalf of three women who died of ovarian ... Read More

Experts explain science linking talc to ovarian cancer

In light of the thousands of lawsuits pending against Johnson and Johnson and talc-supplier Imerys claiming that prolonged genital use of talc-containing products caused women’s ovarian cancer, Law360 had experts explain some of the details of where talc science is today. Epidemiology, the discipline that is most often used to try to prove that a substance causes a disease, is the study and analysis of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations. There are several study designs. Randomized clinical trial The “best” study, a randomized clinical trial, which is used to study drugs, isn’t ... Read More

Tobacco company delays in admitting fault mirror talc litigation

According to Vox, the tobacco companies are finally being forced by a federal court to follow through with the 2006 ruling by US District Judge Gladys Kessle that the companies pay for ads on national television and in newspapers admitting not only the dangers of smoking but also that they tried to make smoking more addictive, among other confessions. For 11 years, Big Tobacco has dragged its feet on complying with the ruling, filing appeals and employing other delays. The strategy of “deny, deny, deny” feels familiar. There have so far been seven completed talc trials in three states, with ... Read More

Judge upholds $110 million talc verdict, plaintiff proves jurisdiction

We previously reported that the estate of talc plaintiff Jacqueline Fox asked a Missouri court of appeals to reconsider its decision to overrule the $72 million verdict against Johnson and Johnson which was awarded last February. The appeals’ court’s decision was based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bristol Myers Squibb ruling from this June, which changed the standards for establishing personal jurisdiction for plaintiffs filing out of their home states. The estate of Alabama resident Fox contested that they should be allowed to re-argue for jurisdiction under the new law, as they have new evidence establishing personal jurisdiction in Missouri. ... Read More

Talc plaintiff wants chance to fight for verdict in high-profile appeal

Law 360 reports that on Oct. 31, the estate of Jacqueline Fox, the first Missouri talc plaintiff last year who won a $72 million verdict against Johnson and Johnson, has asked a Missouri court of appeals to reconsider its decision made earlier in October to overrule the high-profile verdict. In February 2016, a St. Louis jury had found Johnson and Johnson to be responsible for Fox’s ovarian cancer death and awarded one million dollars in punitive damages for every year of Fox’s life. The court’s decision to overturn the verdict was based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling in ... Read More

Plaintiffs in ovarian cancer talc cases are still fighting

In August the first California jury to hear a talc ovarian cancer case awarded now-deceased plaintiff Eva Echeverria a staggering $417 million, $110 million more than all four of the previous Missouri verdicts combined. The jury found that Johnson and Johnson’s talc-containing products contributed to the development of Echeverria’s ovarian cancer and the company should have warned her and other consumers of its products’ risks. They backed up this conclusion with $347 million in punitive damages. However, on Oct. 20, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maren E. Nelson overturned the verdict, granting Johnson and Johnson’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the ... Read More

J&J betrayed trust, talc contains asbestos, jury told

The first talc mesothelioma case against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys is being tried again in Pasadena, California. A retrial began nine days after a mistrial was declared when plaintiff Tina Herford mentioned talc’s alleged link to ovarian cancer in her testimony on day two. Since 2016 there have been six completed trials against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys centering on allegations that talc itself is carcinogenic and responsible for contributing the the development of women’s ovarian cancer. Five of the six juries in those cases found in favor of the plaintiffs with huge multi-million dollar verdicts that got international ... Read More

More questions about the safety of J&J’s talc

In the largest Missouri talc ovarian cancer verdict, Lois Slemp was awarded $110 million by jurors who found Johnson and Johnson and its talc supplier Imerys Talc America Inc. responsible for her ovarian cancer. There have so far been seven completed talc trials in three states, with six plaintiff wins and damages of $724 million. All of these have alleged that talc particles when used in the genital area can travel through the female reproductive tract to the ovaries where they cause inflammation that leads to ovarian cancer. Slemp’s case was different from the other talc cases, which all accuse ... Read More

Talc litigation turns spotlight on cosmetic product liability

Law360 recently published an expert analysis predicting that there might be a rise in cosmetic product liability claims. Although in the public eye with recent talc ovarian cancer litigation against pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson resulting in attention-grabbing verdicts totaling $724 million, there are fewer product liability claims over cosmetics and beauty products than other products and devices that are under U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight. Cosmetics are historically and currently subject to less regulation than food and drugs — for example, the FDA does not test or approve products, it cannot order a mandatory recall, and manufacturers are ... Read More

Talc ovarian cancer trials have international impact

South African consumers looking for safer personal care products South African consumers are paying attention to American lawsuits and studies involving talcum powder products, according to the Huffington Post. The lawsuits against Johnson and Johnson finding the company’s talc-containing products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower responsible for the development of women’s ovarian cancer have not gone unnoticed. The verdicts have contributed to an already growing trend of consumers paying more attention to what they are putting in and on their bodies. The lawsuits have been drawing attention worldwide with verdicts totaling $724 million and juries in ... Read More