Talcum Powder Lawsuit Plaintiff Seeks Centralization of Federal Ovarian Cancer Claims, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports
July 18, 2016 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsJuly 18, 2916 - A talcum powder lawsuit (http://www.rxinjuryhelp.com/talcum-powder/johnson-johnson-baby-powder-lawsuit/) plaintiff has filed a motion with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) which seeks the centralization of all federally-filed ovarian cancer claims in a single court for the purposes of coordinated pretrial proceedings. According to a Motion for Transfer filed with the Panel on July 15th, the plaintiff has suggested the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, as the most appropriate venue for the proposed multidistrict litigation. (Case Pending No. 70)
Court records indicate that at least 11 product liability claims involving talcum powder and ovarian cancer have already been filed in 10 federal jurisdictions. Among other things, the Motion points out that the current plaintiffs reside in several different states, and it asserts that the Southern District of Illinois "would permit convenient travel for the parties and counsel as compared to travel to the East or West Coast."
"The Johnson & Johnson talcum powder litigation already exceeds 1,200 cases on the state level. The federal docket also has the potential to be large, and would likely benefit from centralization, as coordinated pretrial proceedings would eliminate duplicative discovery and inconsistent court rulings," says Sandy A. Liebhard, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective medical devices, drugs and consumer products. The Firm is offering free legal reviews to women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer following years of regular, repeated use of talc-based products for feminine hygiene purposes.
Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Litigation
All of the talcum powder lawsuits currently pending in federal courts similarly allege that regular, repeated application of Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products to the genitals can increase a woman's risk for ovarian cancer. The complaints purport that talc particles can make their way into the vagina and migrate to the ovaries when used in this manner. Over time, the accumulating talc can result in the type of inflammation that promotes the growth of cancer cells. While a number of studies published since the 1970s have suggested such a link, plaintiffs claim that Johnson & Johnson has failed to take any steps to warn women of this possible risk.
More than 1,200 talcum powder lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson nationwide, with centralized litigations already underway in St. Louis, Missouri and New Jersey Superior Court. In April, a St. Louis jury awarded $55 million in compensatory and punitive damages to an ovarian cancer victim who used Johnson & Johnson's talc-based powders for nearly 40 years as part of her feminine hygiene routine. In February, another Missouri trial ended with an award of $72 million for the family of a woman who died from the disease after using the company's talc products for more than 30 years. (Case No. 1422-CC09012-01)
Women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer following the long-term, regular use of talc-based products for feminine hygiene purposes may be eligible to file their own talcum powder lawsuit. To learn more, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website, or call 800-511-5092 to arrange for a free, no obligation case review.
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Sandy A. Liebhard, Esq.
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