How Science Days Are Changing Talc Litigation

Law360, New York (June 16, 2017, 11:19 AM EDT) -- “Science day” hearings have become commonplace in complex state and federal litigations around the country. A California state court judge recently held such a hearing in consolidated litigation dealing with the alleged link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. With a bellwether trial scheduled for July, the closely-watched hearing was webcast and recorded by Courtroom View Network, which has also streamed three of the previous talc powder trials in St. Louis, Missouri.

Background

The major impetus for science tutorials seems to have come from the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579 (1993). The holding...

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