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Via America’s Lawyer: Mike Papantonio highlights a Missouri judge’s decision to uphold a lawsuit that seeks to hold J&J accountable for their cancer causing baby powder.


Finally night, some good news is Johnson & Johnson failed to escape another case involving its cancer-causing baby powder. A judge in Missouri rejected arguments from Johnson & Johnson that claimed the city of Saint Louis had no jurisdiction to hear a multi-plaintiff lawsuit against them. The lawsuit that involves 59 plaintiffs was filed in Missouri because J&J manufacturers their product in that state. And because of that, the company said that the court does not have the jurisdiction to hear out of state plaintiffs. J&J has known for decades that their talc powder causes ovarian cancer. No question about that.

Juries have already returned six jury verdicts against them, ranging from $72 to more than $400 million. The hazards are so obvious that even Johnson & Johnson’s talc supplier began to place warning sheets about cancer associations on the talc that they sold to J&J. They of course didn’t pass that warning along to consumers. Thankfully, the Missouri judge made the decision to force the company to face more trials. One thing is for certain, I can promise you this: the huge verdicts against J&J will continue to roll in because the evidence against that company is so overwhelming.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.