U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika dismissed Johnson & Johnson’s bid to get 2,400 state-court cancer lawsuits tied to its baby powder immediately transferred to a federal court in Delaware, where it could forge a single defense strategy.
What Transferring the Cases Means
Johnson & Johnson wants to invoke the legal rights of its bankrupt talc supplier, Imerys Talc America Inc., to gather the baby powder suits before Noreika in hopes of quicker trials and resolutions of claims that the talc-based product causes cancer.
Johnson & Johnson’s move to transfer the 2,400 state-court cases put a temporary hold on some slated for trial this year, and lawyers for some women blaming the talc-based powder for their cancers say they won’t survive the delay.
Judges in California and South Carolina have declined to send more than 90 talc cases to Noreika because they say some plaintiffs are too close to dying to delay the litigation, according to court filings.
Johnson & Johnson Still Denies Claims
Johnson & Johnson is facing more than 14,000 claims that its talc products caused ovarian cancer or mesothelioma. However, the company denies its products ever contained the carcinogen and argues talc does not cause the life-threatening illnesses.
More than 11,000 of those suits are filed in federal courts across the U.S. and already have been consolidated before a federal judge in New Jersey for pretrial information exchanges. Johnson & Johnson is attempting to set up a smaller but similar concentration of state-court suits in Delaware.
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