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J&J May Get Lifeline In Talc Trials From Mo. High Court

Law360 (January 28, 2019, 8:39 PM EST) -- Johnson & Johnson could be dealt a stronger hand in its fight against thousands of lawsuits alleging its talcum powder causes cancer after the Missouri Supreme Court earlier this month stayed an impending trial and agreed to hear the pharmaceutical giant’s arguments that it’s unfair to try the cases with more than one plaintiff at a time.

The Missouri Supreme Court’s order, known as a preliminary writ of prohibition, came in the case of Forrest v. J&J. The order paused a trial, set to begin on Jan. 22, on claims that asbestos in the pharmaceutical giant's talcum powder products gave 13...

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