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St. Louis: New Hot Spot for Litigation Tourists

Sept. 29, 2016, 9:10 PM
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Deborah Giannecchini began using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder for feminine hygiene as a teenager in California in 1967 and continued for 45 years until she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Giannecchini, who lives in Modesto, Calif., used the product only in that state. When her lawyers filed a lawsuit against J&J, a New Jersey-based company, they did so in a state court in St. Louis.

Hundreds of plaintiffs with product liability claims against J&J, Bayer, Pfizer, General Motors, and other big companies have been flocking to downtown St. Louis to a venue that over the past three years...

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