Court Reverses J&J Baby Powder Verdict

Oct 19, 2017

St. Louis Post

Johnson & Johnson won the reversal of a $72 million verdict in favor of the family of a woman whose death from ovarian cancer they claimed stemmed from her use of the company’s talc-based products.

A Missouri appeals court ruled 3-0 that Jacqueline Fox’s lawsuit lacked jurisdiction in Missouri because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that imposed limits on where injury lawsuits can be filed. Fox’s lawyers argued her claims should stand in Missouri because Johnson & Johnson and its supplier, Imerys, uses Pharma Tech, a company with a plant in Union, Missouri, to package and label talc products.

J&J says it faces lawsuits by 4,800 plaintiffs nationally asserting similar claims over its talc-based products.

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