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Assessing strength of evidence for causation an important task in talc litigation

Exposure to asbestos can cause a variety of health problems for those who are exposed to it. This includes not only mesothelioma and lung and throat cancer, but also lesser conditions like asbestosis, pleural thickening and pleural plaque, interstitial fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension.

Addressing jurisdictional issues an important task in asbestos, talc-injury cases

Previously, we began looking at a recent Supreme Court case which puts prior talc-injury verdicts against Johnson & Johnson at risk of being reversed and which could present serious barriers for plaintiffs in these cases going forward. According to some attorneys, the decision will make it very difficult, if not impossible, for plaintiffs to exercise choice about the forum in which they sue companies responsible for exposing consumers to talc.

Supreme Court decision puts talc-injury verdicts, claims in precarious position

We have previously written on this blog on the potential link between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. As we’ve mentioned, proving causation in these cases is not necessarily an easy matter, as the science isn’t yet settled and there is room for doubt. Working with an experienced attorney is important to gather the strongest possible evidence and to build the best possible case.

Proving causation in talcum powder cases: work with skilled, experienced attorney

Last time, we briefly mentioned a recently published study which found a link between talcum powder use and the development of ovarian cancer. As we noted, the study authors concluded that more research needs to be done to determine whether there is a causal relationship there.

Study finds association between talcum powder use and development of ovarian cancer

Readers may be aware that the issue of whether products containing talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer is currently being litigated in the courts. The main ingredient in talcum powder is refined talc, a white clay mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, hydrogen and oxygen. Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is one of the most widely used products containing talcum powder.

Court rules J&J unable to change venue in thousands of talc lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson is one of the companies that has been hit particularly hard by cosmetic talcum powder litigation. The company currently faces thousands of lawsuits over talc-based products, cases which have been combined in a federal court in St. Louis. Last week, the company was unsuccessful in having most of those cases transferred to various courts nationwide where plaintiffs are located.

Building a strong talcum powder case: work with experienced legal counsel to address causation, P.2

Previously, we began discussing the skepticism among some physicians and medical researchers regarding the connection between talcum powder use and ovarian cancer. As we noted, many of those who are skeptical cite lack of evidence for the connection. There are some studies, however, that do provide some evidence, though opponents usually try to undermine these studies by blaming bias on the part of the women reporting the extent of talcum use.

Building a strong talcum powder case: work with experienced legal counsel, P.1

Johnson & Johnson is one of the companies that is currently facing a truckload of litigation over its talc-containing products. As of the beginning of last November, there were around 1,700 state and federal lawsuits on the issue. The company, however, denies that its talc-containing products can cause ovarian cancer and plans to appeal several major jury verdicts in favor of plaintiffs.