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Court tosses out $72 million Johnson & Johnson talcum powder verdict

Court tosses out $72 million Johnson & Johnson talcum powder verdict”

Spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said in a statement Tuesday that the company has consistently argued that Missouri has no jurisdiction in cases involving non-residents and "we expect the existing verdicts that we are appealing to be reversed".

This was the first award in several cases that claim Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder contributed to their diagnoses. Many of those cases are in Missouri, where J&J won one trial, and in California, where in August a jury awarded a woman US$417 million.

The appeals court followed a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June limiting out-of-state plaintiffs from combining actions in a lower court.

The three-judge Missouri appeals court panel cited that decision in its ruling in the case of Fox, who died four months before trial and who was named as one of 65 plaintiffs in her specific lawsuit, only two of which were Missouri residents.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs had no immediate comment.

Under the new standard, "a non-resident plaintiff must establish an independent basis for specific personal jurisdiction over the defendant in the state", the appellate court said. J&J sold Shower to Shower to Valeant Pharmaceuticals in 2012.

Jacqueline Fox and her doctors claimed that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder led to her ovarian cancer.



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