December 3, 2015 — About 100 lawsuits alleging that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn that its talcum powder products can cause ovarian cancer have been centralized in a Multi-County Litigation (MCL) in New Jersey.
Law360 reports that the New Jersey Supreme Court approved a request from J&J to centralize the litigation in Atlantic County Superior Court, where the lawsuits will be overseen by Judge Julio L. Mendez and Judge Nelson C. Johnson.
J&J asked the court to centralize the lawsuits in May 2015. At the time, 103 lawsuits had been filed on behalf of 156 women with ovarian cancer, including 16 in Bergen County and 87 in Atlantic County.
J&J requested centralization of the litigation due to a “significant increase in the number of cases,” as well as similarity of claims and wide geographical dispersement of parties.
All of the lawsuits claim that Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products can cause ovarian cancer when they are used in the perineal area for feminine hygiene purposes. At least 10 studies back up these claims, though J&J continues to vigorously deny the products cause cancer.
Around 700 women have filed lawsuits, mostly in New Jersey and Missouri, according to an investigation by FairWarning. Last month, a judge in St. Louis rejected a bid by J&J to centralize 227 lawsuits at the federal level.
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