Major California Verdict Widens Johnson & Johnson’s Talc Lawsuit Battle Ground
A major and popular California judgment in a litigation claiming that Johnson & Johnson’s talc based products can cause cancer has disclosed a fresh diversion in the lawsuit, thus tipping over the company’s expectations that the legal issues were only gaining momentum in Missouri, some legal authorities mentioned on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. California jury offered an award of US$ 417 million to a resident of California who suggested the idea of the alleged forum-shopping, where parties look out to file legal cases in any kind of jurisdiction that seems most promising to them.
This however, might not appear to be the chief issue Johnson & Johnson is facing as it combats roughly 4,800 unsettled talc litigations. Johnson & Johnson, by denying any association between cancer and its talc, mentioned in a statement that it would contradict and appeal the verdict declared on Monday but refused to comment any further. The judgment ranged more than the total of all previous talc awards, collectively amounting to US$ 307 million, and were dispensed by the jury in Missouri’s same state court- St. Louis, for lawsuits filed by out-of-state individuals. One fourth of talcum litigations nationwide were handled in St. Louis post the very first massive judgment there.
Johnson & Johnson as a company, has regarded the St. Louis court as extremely plaintiff-friendly and is focusing on the termination of cases brought to the court by out-of-state individuals. A professor from the Fordham School of Law, Howard Erichson, when asked about his inputs on the talc trial, mentioned that, “this has been more or less about the forum shopping. The fact that a big verdict was conducted in California is surely interesting.”
The verdict declared on Monday in the Superior Court of Los Angeles came in due to a case that involved a woman aged 63 claiming she gradually developed ovarian cancer because of using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for feminine sanitation since her childhood days.
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