Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Lawsuit News Developments in New Jersey
The New Jersey Supreme Court announced the transfer of more than 100 talcum powder cases into multicounty litigation before the Atlantic City Superior Court in November, according to attorneys reporting on timely talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit news.
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - More than 100 talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits were consolidated into multicounty litigation in New Jersey on November 25, 2015. The motion to transfer the lawsuits into multicounty litigation was supported by both the plaintiffs and defendant Johnson & Johnson (J&J), with only the site of the multicounty litigation to be determined by the New Jersey Supreme Court, according to talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuit news reports. The New Jersey lawsuits are especially significant as J&J is headquartered in the state.
The New Jersey Supreme Court decided to send the talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits to the Atlantic City Superior Court, where a large majority of the lawsuits had already been centralized. Of the 103 total lawsuits included in the motion to transfer, only 16 had to be transferred from outside districts. The consolidation of the lawsuits before the Atlantic City Superior Court sided with the defendant’s support of that court for the proceedings. The plaintiffs has preferred the lawsuits to be centralized before the Middlesex County Court.
The New Jersey Supreme Court found that because of the large number of talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits brought before the court for consolidation, plus the common questions of fact they shared, transferring the lawsuits into multicounty litigation was the most efficient way to proceed with the complex litigation. Both J&J and the plaintiffs agreed with this assessment and supported the passing of the motion to transfer before the court handed down its ruling, according to attorneys providing talcum powder cancer lawsuit news and information on cases underway in courts throughout the United States.
The lawsuits, which claim that J&J knowingly marketed their talcum powder products to consumers without warning them of their link to an increased risk of contracting ovarian cancer, will be heard before Judge Nelson C. Johnson. Attorneys representing the plaintiffs are presenting evidence from a number of studies that report the regular, genital use of talcum powder can result in up to a 35 percent increased risk of ovarian cancer for the consumer. Plaintiffs have claimed that the company knew about this link and the research supporting it for more than a decade but ignored the data and instead prioritized profits generated by their talcum powder products.
New Jersey is one of the larger national hubs for talcum powder lawsuits, with the largest group of lawsuits located in the City of St. Louis Circuit Court. More than 1,000 lawsuits are currently awaiting the resolution of the first talcum powder trial before that court, which will serve as bellwether for those trials. The trial, which started on February 2, will test much of the evidence plaintiffs have been building against J&J and the outcome of this trial will likely affect the talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits currently consolidated before the Atlantic County Superior Court in New Jersey.
The litigation will proceed before the Atlantic City Superior Court, where the first status conference was reported to have taken place in January. Ongoing talcum powder lawsuit news reports will highlight developments in these cases as they progress.
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