Johnson & Johnson, a multinational medical and consumer goods manufacturer,
hopes to centralize 103 baby powder suits in multicounty litigation in
Atlantic County. According to claimants, J&J baby powder products
containing talc cause ovarian cancer.
Since 87 of the pending suits were filed in Atlantic County, J&J wants
to consolidate the cases. The company wrote, “Counsel have been
advised by the court that it is not possible to administratively transfer
the Bergen County cases to Atlantic County. Defendants there for respectfully
request the centralized management of all of these matters…”
According to J&J, it makes sense to combine the cases because of the
“large number” of suits alleging the same damages, ovarian cancer.
J&J also stated that it disputes the causation between the products
Richard Golomb of Golomb & Honik PC. Told Law360 the firm has dozens
of clients filing against J&J, and since the beginning of the litigation,
he believed “coordination [was] inevitable and justified.”
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