A Multi-District Litigation (MDL) has been ordered to combine Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits from federal courts all over the country into one court, the U. S. District Court of New Jersey. All federal cases citing the use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder as the cause of ovarian cancer can now be filed directly into the MDL. This MDL was formed to speed up the handling of more than 2,000 talcum powder-related suits faced by Johnson & Johnson.
State cases continue to be tried outside of the MDL. A St. Louis, Missouri jury recently rejected a Tennessee woman’s lawsuit claiming that Johnson & Johnson baby powder caused her ovarian cancer. This victory for the company came after the loss of three similar lawsuits in St. Louis. In 2016, a jury awarded more than $70 million to a California woman with ovarian cancer who had used Johnson & Johnson baby powder for four decades. Two other large verdicts against the company set the stage for this multimillion dollar verdict, one for $72 million and another for $55 million.
Johnson & Johnson is back in Missouri state court this month defending its talcum powder against another claim of ovarian cancer causation. The company also faces four pending trials set to take place in St. Louis later this year, with several others scheduled in Washington D.C. and California. With the MDL in place, one state court victory will most likely not be enough to clear the company and its talcum powder of blame in future cases.
Based on the thousands of talcum powder victims pledging to fight for compensation against Johnson & Johnson, it is almost certain that one day the company will have to step forward and acknowledge responsibility for their harmful products. Our experienced lawyers fight for individuals who have been harmed by defective products. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson baby powder or Shower to Shower products, the attorneys at the Yost Legal Group will investigate your talcum powder lawsuit claim. For a free consultation, please call us at 1-800-YOSTLAW.