J&J Wants Talcum Powder Lawsuits Consolidated
The fact that J & J is seeking consolidation would imply they think 1000’s of lawsuits are coming. Given that ovarian cancer is on the rise we can see the concern. After all, how many women used and are still using their talc product down there.
The Consolidation of Talcum Powder ovarian cancer lawsuits helps them move more efficiently. Johnson & Johnson has over 1000 talc lawsuits filed against them and we think the numbers will increase. The 72 million settlement is putting women on the alert.
There are 87 cases are pending under the same judge, and Johnson & Johnson has requested that the remaining similar 16 cases be consolidated in that jurisdiction. The lawyers will fight it out.
Multidistrict litigation is a procedure utilized in the federal court system to transfer all pending civil cases of a similar type filed throughout the United States to one judge in one jurisdiction. This is usual and customary in mass torts and dangerous drugs and medical devices effecting large groups like Talcum Powder. The decision whether cases should be transferred is made by a panel of seven federal judges appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation meets periodically to review requests that cases be consolidated for pretrial matters pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1407,a law passed by Congress. Although the panel meets in different cities in the United States on a periodic basis, the Clerk of the Panel is permanently stationed in Washington, D.C. Your case will be filed in the state chosen by a multi district litigation panel. For instance, the current vaginal mesh lawsuits have been consolidated in West Virginia under Judge Goodwin.( also Johnson and Johnson ) You do not have to go to the state where the lawsuit is consolidated in. A multi district litigation is not a type of class action. Although class actions may be transferred to an MDL consolidation in the same manner as single plaintiff cases. However, for cases to be treated as proper for an MDL consolidation the panel must find they have one or more common questions of fact. Since commonality is also an required element for a class action, class actions are frequently litigated in MDL proceedings.
Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits Will Soar and Baby Powder Is Big Business
Sales of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products came to about $374 million in 2014, according to Euromonitor. That’s not essential to a $70 billion company that makes most of its money selling medical devices and drugs. But without Baby Powder, J&J may not have developed Baby Oil or Baby Shampoo nor have a baby division worth some $2 billion. Baby Powder’s value to the company extends well beyond sales.
We are receiving calls on a daily basis from women who think their ovarian cancer diagnosis is from their using Baby Powder for years. J&J is facing more then 1,200 claims on behalf of women with ovarian cancer. Callers tell us that they believe that genital dusting of talc powders gave them this feared and often fatal disease. Johnson & Johnson is no different then the tobacco companies that knew about research linking smoking to lung cancer but kept this information from the public and fought attempts to regulate their product.
1,000’s of New Baby Powder Cancer Lawsuits Expected
Johnson’s Baby Powder, by Johnson & Johnson,
Shower to Shower, by Valeant Pharmaceuticals,
Baby Magic Baby Powder
Additional lawsuits are expected against Shower To Shower. Other products may be added to the list as this next “big one” harming women develops lining up with Vaginal Mesh and Dow Corning Breast Implants.