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Johnson & Johnson Considers a Third Talc Bankruptcy to Avoid Further Litigation

With more than two dozen jury trials scheduled over the next year involving contaminated talc claims related to its ubiquitous baby powder, discussions are already at Johnson & Johnson to puts its talc unit, LTL Management, back into bankruptcy for a third time.

J&J’s worldwide vice president of its talc litigation, Erik Haas, revealed during an October 17 earnings call the company is considering using another bankruptcy in hopes of pushing forward with an estimated $8.9 billion settlement of the thousands of claims alleging that …

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NJ Appellate Court Reverses $223.8 Million J&J Talc Verdict on Causation Grounds

Court: The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division

Johnson & Johnson has successfully appealed a $223.8 million judgment against it following a trial involving allegations of asbestos-contaminated talcum powder in 2020.

Four plaintiffs filed suit against J&J alleging that certain talcum powder products manufactured by J&J and used by plaintiffs were contaminated with asbestos and caused plaintiffs to develop mesothelioma. In February 2019, the trial court consolidated the four cases, and the consolidated trial commenced in June 2019. Over the course of the trial, …

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