Talcum Powder Lawsuit Update - October 2021 - Miller & Zois in Antioch, California

Published Oct 14, 21
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Large punitive damages awards send a loud message to J&J and its shareholders. Not every jury has given an award. The Nora Daniels case in particular was a tough blow. Plaintiffs' lawyers have taken three cases to trial in 2021 and lost every one. But one huge verdict turns all of that around.

Do these verdicts mean the settlement value of your potential talcum powder lawsuit is between $55 million and $72 million? No, the expected settlements in even the best of cases will be much lower than that. But these verdicts underscore the obvious: these baby powder cancer claims have real value.

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In February 2021, Johnson & Johnson filed a statement with the SEC which disclosed that the company has set aside a staggering $3. 9 billion to cover the anticipated cost of settling the talcum powder lawsuits. Just a few months ago J&J publicly stated that they were only planning to set aside $2 billion for the anticipated cost of settling the talcum powder litigation.

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This came right on the heels of a massive $2,120,000,000 (yes that’s what $2 billion looks like in decimal format) verdict in a Missouri case which J&J is currently challenging on appeal. J&J’s decision to earmark $4 billion for the talcum powder lawsuits is significant for 2 reasons. First, it gives us some idea of how much the eventual settlement value of these cases might be.

Second, the fact that J&J is disclosing this set aside in its SEC filing is a very strong indication that they are planning to finalize a settlement of the talcum litigation in the next 12 months. Several scientific studies have shown that talc, the active ingredient in talcum powder products such as Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and Talc Powder, can cause ovarian cancer in some women.

The talcum powder class action MDL lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson (and other manufacturers) are currently still ongoing. So far, over 20,000 individual talcum powder lawsuits have been filed across the country and consolidated into the Talcum Powder MDL. The latest update on settlements was in October 2020. Johnson & Johnson announced that it has agreed to pay $100 million to settle 1,000 of these cases.

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More bulk settlements from J&J are expected to follow. Why settle cases for a $100,000 average settlement? J&J most likely wants to settle the weaker cases and victims who need a settlement check now. Then, they hope to publicize the settlements to decrease settlement expectations in the minds of the remaining victim and their lawyers.

It is not too late to file your talcum powder lawsuit. If you used regularly talcum powder products for one year or longer and you have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer within the last three years (or the statute of limitations in your state), you may have a valid talcum powder lawsuit.

It is too early to accurately predict what the settlement value of talcum powder lawsuits will be. However, Johnson & Johnson recently announced that it was paying out $100,000,000 to settle a group of 1,000 cases. Again, this works out to an average of about $100,000 per case. The value of a mass tort case rarely goes down with subsequent settlements.

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Our law firm is currently accepting new talcum powder cases from anyone who meets the following initial criteria:You used a Johnson & Johnson talcum powder product (Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower) regularly for at least one year; and, You have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, endometroid ovarian cancer, or mesothelioma, sometime in the last 3 years.

Louis County, Missouri. The result was a disastrous $4. 7 billion verdict split between a group of 22 individual plaintiffs. The jury based its verdict on findings that J&J’s talc product contained asbestos and that asbestos caused the plaintiff’s ovarian cancer. The verdict made headlines around the country and changed the tone of the talc litigation moving forward.

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J&J defiantly claimed that the verdict was not legally valid and vowed to fight it on appeal. Two years later in 2020, J&J scored a partial victory in this effort when it got the Missouri Supreme Court to toss out the verdicts for two out of the 22 plaintiffs. This ruling on appeal also reduced the total amount of the verdict down to $2 billion.

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Lawyers for J&J filed what is known as a petition for a writ of certiorari, which laid out their legal arguments and why the highest court in the country should agree to hear the case. In its SCOTUS petition, J&J characterized the state court proceedings as flawed and unfair. Specifically, J&J’s lawyers claimed that the state trial court should never have allowed the group of 22 plaintiffs to proceed in a mass consolidated jury trial.