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J&J argues talc litigation should be tried one plaintiff at a time

It’s been six months since Johnson & Johnson was hit with a staggering $4.69 billion verdict in a case brought by 22 women who alleged the company’s talcum powder products contained cancer-causing asbestos that contributed to their ovarian cancer diagnosis, but the sting has yet to fade. Earlier this month, the consumer health care giant urged the Missouri Supreme Court to force St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison to unbundle a similar trial involving 13 women with ovarian cancer, saying it was unfair not to try the cases one plaintiff at a time. The state’s high court agreed to ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson will pay for $4.69 billion talc verdict one way or the other

Last July, Johnson & Johnson was hit with a staggering $4.69 billion verdict – one of the largest jury awards in the country – over claims that its Johnson’s Baby Powder and other talcum powder products contain asbestos – a known carcinogen – and contributed to the ovarian cancer diagnoses of 22 women. The news sent the company’s stock into its biggest annual share loss in a decade. But the company may never pay a dime of that verdict. The consumer health care giant is appealing the massive verdict. Its chances of seeing the award slashed or even stricken completely ... Read More

Canada assessment finds ‘Talc may be harmful to human health’

Government officials in Canada are considering prohibiting or restricting the use of talc in certain cosmetics and other products after an assessment of the mineral by Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada raised concerns about its risks to public health and the environment. “Most uses of talc (such as in paper, plastics, paint, ceramics, putties, food, as well as many cosmetics, natural health products and non-prescription drugs) are not a concern to human health,” Health Canada said. “However, based on the latest science and the draft screening assessment, the Government of Canada proposes that inhaling loose talc powders ... Read More

J&J expected to fight $4.69 billion talc verdict

Johnson & Johnson is expected to ask the Missouri Circuit Court in St. Louis City to undo or, at the very least, reduce a $4.69 billion verdict awarded to 22 women who accused the company’s talcum powder of being contaminated with asbestos and causing their ovarian cancer. But the women say the verdict should stand because the “vast majority of evidence” shows the company was aware its talc-containing products were dangerous but continued to sell the product without warning consumers. The Aug. 22 verdict includes $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages against Johnson & Johnson’s ... Read More

Workers, women seek compensation for asbestos-related cancer

The initial reaction to a cancer diagnosis is often shock and disbelief, and it’s not uncommon for patients to try to understand why their cancer developed in the first place, according to the consumer publication CURE (Cancer Updates, Research & Education). Ovarian cancer and mesothelioma victims often find out too late that they were exposed to the carcinogenic mineral asbestos either at the workplace or from using talcum powder products. Ovarian cancer is the most deadly form of cancer of the female reproductive organs. Studies suggest using talcum powder products on the genitals for feminine hygiene could put women at ... Read More

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

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