NEWARK, N.J. — Consolidating products liability lawsuits with the same or very similar claims typically reduces expenses for both sides while also making the entire process more efficient and consistent and reducing discrepancies in rulings. Even though consolidating cases reduces their costs as well, defendants tend to favor not consolidating cases in order to keep the prices prohibitively high for each of the individual plaintiffs. Nevertheless, Johnson & Johnson is attempting to get over 100 similar talc lawsuits, which have been brought against it in New Jersey, consolidated.
The talc lawsuits that Johnson & Johnson is looking to consolidate all name Johnson & Johnson as a defendant and allege that the use of its talcum powder and other products with talc resulted in the development of ovarian cancer by the plaintiffs. Currently, 87 cases are pending under the same judge, and Johnson & Johnson has requested that the remaining similar 16 cases be joined to those cases as well. In Johnson & Johnson’s request, it stated that it would like to “conserve judicial resources and avoid the risks of duplicative discovery and inconsistent rulings.” The request also states that, although the plaintiffs have different medical histories and unique specific facts, the complaints are still similar enough to warrant the consolidation.
The cases hinge on whether or not the talc products were the cause of the development of the cancer in the patients. For decades, studies have linked talcum powder with ovarian cancer. However, these studies have mostly been confined to medical circles and have not been widely publicized. Although the United States Food and Drug administration tests to make sure that there is no asbestos in talcum powder and other talc products that are currently for sale, they did not have the same quality controls in place in the 1990s.
A jury in a similar talcum powder lawsuit in Los Angeles recently awarded the plaintiff a $13 million judgment after deliberating for only 2 hours. Despite studies that have demonstrated a link between perineal talc use and the development of ovarian cancer and despite the multi-million dollar judgment against the company, Johnson & Johnson has stated that they still dispute the causation in these cases.
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