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J&J Gets Two Talc Appeals Wins, but Broad Impact Questioned

July 5, 2018, 7:52 PM

Johnson & Johnson is two-for-two in getting big Missouri talc jury verdicts overturned on appeal.

But it’s easy to overstate the rulings’ impact on other pending cases trying to link J&J’s Baby Powder and other products to cancer, legal professionals involved with or following the cases told Bloomberg Law.

That’s because the rulings were procedural, they said.

Awards totaling $55 million and $72 million were thrown out on jurisdictional grounds. Two others of $110 million and $70 million are being challenged. The verdicts came from juries in a St. Louis court perceived as plaintiff-friendly, and appealed to the Missouri Court...

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