J&J’s Rumored Plan To End Talc Litigation Through Bankruptcy ‘Contemptible’ – Plaintiffs’ Attorneys
Plaintiffs’ attorneys blast J&J for reportedly considering weaseling out of its fiscal responsibilities by reorganizing its business away from talc liabilities, which could draw out tort proceedings and significantly reduce plaintiff awards, they suggest.
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The Supreme Court said on 1 June that it would not review a $2bn verdict in Missouri for 22 women who alleged links between ovarian cancer and asbestos-tainted talc in Johnson’s Baby Powder. J&J believes the US' top court passed on an "extraordinary opportunity" that "leaves unresolved significant legal questions that state and federal courts will continue to face."
Legal experts note that J&J’s decision to end Johnson’s Baby Powder sales in the US and Canada closely followed a New Jersey federal court decision that largely denied the firm’s motions to bar testimony from plaintiff experts in multi-district talc litigation comprising around 16,000 cases.