Industrial Talc Litigation: New Mass Tort Or False Alarm?

Law360, New York (August 8, 2017, 11:50 AM EDT) -- Recent product liability headlines have focused on high-profile verdicts in litigation claiming that talcum powder products caused plaintiffs’ ovarian cancer. Although results have been mixed in trials across several jurisdictions, there have been some eye-catching plaintiff verdicts, including a jury award of $110.5 million to plaintiffs in St. Louis. In the wake of these legal victories thousands of new talc cases have been filed or are pending.

Given the demonstrated potential for massive jury awards, plaintiffs lawyers may try to expand the litigation to industrial and occupational talc exposure in hopes that it will be the next asbestos-scale mass tort. Some...

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