Since the JPML centralized all federally filed talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits in 2016; legal representatives have been working toward preparing a limited number of cases for early trial. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson issued a court order announcing 1,000 randomly selected cases will now go into a bellwether discovery pool.
According to the order, plaintiffs and defendants have several tasks now to complete pertaining to these 1,000 cases:
Johnson & Johnson tried to have the lawsuits dismissed by questioning the validity of the plaintiff’s scientific experts. However, Jude Wolfson determined that most of the expert opinions would be permitted.
While J&J has advertised its talc-based products for decades as being safe and suitable for use all over the body, studies published as far back as the 1970s suggestion association between talc and ovarian cancer.
J&J maintains that its products are safe, but in May 2020, announced it would stop selling its Johnson’s Baby Powder in the U.S. due to decreased demand.
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