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Plaintiff’s attorney in talc trial says litigation may affect thousands of women

Courtroom View Network (CVN), which is webcasting the entire Johnson and Johnson talc trial that is currently underway, last week said that hundreds of lawyers from all over the country were in attendance watching to see how this high-stakes trial would play out. It reports that the trial might last up to four weeks. This Friday will end week two. Johnson and Johnson, after two big losses earlier this year in the same Missouri state court where the current trial is taking place, has changed its trial team to a new law firm, presumably in hopes of different results. The plaintiff ... Read More

J&J admits insulin pump is vulnerable to hacking while defending talc and hips in court

The Daily Hornet says it’s a “Bad Day for Johnson and Johnson.” The news site reports that not only are there two trials currently underway where the health care and pharmaceutical company is defending its talc products and metal-on-metal hip implants, but the company also admitted that its insulin pump is vulnerable to hacking, three years after the flaw was demonstrated publicly by medical device hacker and diabetic, Jay Radcliffe. OneTouch Ping insulin pump, a product of Johnson and Johnson’s Animas Corp. subsidiary, uses a wireless remote control to dose the device, which is worn under the user’s clothing. According ... Read More

Federal talc lawsuits consolidated into MDL in New Jersey

According to the New Jersey Law Journal, 11 talc lawsuits from around the country will be consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Jersey federal court. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation made the order to transfer these pending cases as well as 43 potential actions on Oct. 4. Judge Freda L. Wolfson will be especially efficient, as she is already handling the most advanced case in the MDL, the panel said, according to Law360. New Jersey was chosen for the MDL because Johnson and Johnson is headquartered in the state. Johnson and Johnson is a defendant in ... Read More

Talc trial: ‘Just a warning on the bottle’ might have spared plaintiff complications from ovarian cancer treatments

Tuesday St. Louis jurors began to be presented with evidence in the third talc trial this year against Johnson and Johnson. According to Law360., in the opening arguments jurors were introduced to the plaintiff Deborah Giannecchini, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. Complications from her treatment have greatly reduced her life expectancy. “She has literally had her spleen removed, part of her stomach removed, part of her colon removed, all of her ovaries, uterus. She has literally had basically the lower half of her body removed,” said R. Allen Smith, Jr., one of the lead attorneys in the ongoing talc litigation. “She ... Read More

Jurors selected in third talc trial of the year

In an update from CBS St. Louis, the pool of 50 jurors in the third talc case to be tried in St. Louis this year should have been narrowed down to 12 plus alternates, and opening arguments are beginning. Johnson and Johnson has been working hard behind the scenes to hinder the advent of this trial. Earlier in the summer Johnson and Johnson attempted twice to have the trial removed to 100 miles away from St. Louis, claiming that the number of talcum powder litigation ads broadcast in the St. Louis area would deprive them of a fair trial. Then ... Read More

Plaintiffs in talc cases have jurisdictional win in Pennsylvania

According to The Legal Intelligencer, plaintiffs in the talc cases against Johnson and Johnson and Imerys Talc America recently had a jurisdictional win in Pennsylvania. In the suit Bors v. Johnson and Johnson, where the deceased Maureen Milliken’s ovarian cancer allegedly resulted from her talcum powder use, both Johnson and Johnson and Imerys Talc America are defendants. Milliken bought and used the talc in Pennsylvania. Imerys challenged the decision to sue in Pennsylvania, as it is only registered to do business in the state but it is a Delaware corporation, conducting most of its business in California. Imerys argued that ... Read More

Law firm will try ‘case after case’ to get justice in talcum powder litigation

On May 4, Jere Beasley asked Johnson and Johnson to put an end to the ongoing talcum powder litigation and to remove its talcum powder products from store shelves, or at least warn women about the danger of ovarian cancer linked to talc use for feminine hygiene. But the company has not responded to his letter except to publicly stand behind its products and to say that it plans to appeal the two previous decisions. In an interview with the Montgomery Advertiser, Beasley, who is Principal & Founder of the Montgomery-based law firm that was co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the two talcum powder ... Read More

J&J thwarted in attempt to postpone talc trial starting this week

The third state court trial over the alleged ovarian cancer risks of Johnson and Johnson’s talc powder products is scheduled for Monday, Sep. 26 in Missouri. Jury selection should begin this week. The trial was almost postponed when Johnson and Johnson tried to have the trial removed to federal court. In 2014, J&J had attempted to have the same batch of 45 cases removed from state court for the same reasons, claiming that the cases were “fraudulently misjoined in an effort to defeat diversity jurisdiction.” Both in 2014 and last Wednesday, Sept. 21, U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton found that the ... Read More

Mining company Rio Tinto named in talc lawsuits

UK and Australian-based mining company Rio Tinto Minerals, one of the world’s largest mining companies producing everything from diamonds to salt, has been named as a defendant in lawsuits filed in the United States alleging the link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. Rio Tino is named alongside Johnson and Johnson and former Rio Tinto subsidiary Luzenac America. The Luzenac Group is currently the world’s largest talc producer with mines in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. “Rio Tinto Minerals and its then wholly owned talc subsidiary Luzenac America mined the ‘talc at issue in this case’ which was ... Read More

Olfactory discrimination: the truth about feminine hygiene and talc marketing

“The use of vaginal deodorants such as douches and feminine sprays is a troubling phenomenon due to its association with many adverse health consequences …. marketers have embraced the image of cosmetics for the vagina and are using it to stimulate sales without regard for women’s health,” says the author of an essay published in 2011 in Advertising & Society Review. The author notes that African-American women are four times more likely to use these products than Caucasian women and in the essay she explains how vaginal deodorization as a habit became an African-American cultural norm starting with what she ... Read More