J&J Baby Powder Cancer MDL Centralized In NJ

By Dani Kass (October 5, 2016, 4:19 PM EDT) -- The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Tuesday centralized nine lawsuits alleging Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products, including Johnson's Baby Powder, cause ovarian and uterine cancer in New Jersey federal court, where the company is headquartered.

New Jersey will be the easiest location for witnesses based at the headquarters and U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson will be especially efficient, as she is already handling the most advanced case in the MDL, the panel said. Plaintiffs, including individuals who used the powder and developed cancer or their decedents, had asked for the case to be centralized in Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi,...

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