Judges centralized the lawsuits in a Multi-County Litigation (MCL) located in Atlantic County Superior Court under Judge Julio L. Mendez and Judge Nelson C. Johnson.
In May 2015, J&J applied for centralized management of 103 lawsuits pending in New Jersey on behalf of 156 plaintiffs, including 87 lawsuits in Atlantic County and 16 in Bergen County.
J&J argued that centralization was appropriate due to the large number of plaintiffs, geographical dispersement, and similarity of claims. All of the lawsuits involve Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower.
Plaintiffs accuse J&J of failing to warn that using talc-based body powder products for feminine hygiene purposes can lead to ovarian cancer. J&J vigorously denies these claims, despite at least 10 studies associating talc use in the perineal region and ovarian cancer
According to an investigation by FairWarning, lawsuits have been filed by around 700 women who developed ovarian cancer. Most of the lawsuits are located in New Jersey or St. Louis, Missouri. Last month, J&J lost a bid to centralize 227 lawsuits in St. Louis into one federal court.
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