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September 6, 2016

NJ Judge Tosses Two Talc Suits, Citing Lack of ‘Sufficient Scientific Proof’

A New Jersey judge has tossed two suits alleging Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products caused the plaintiffs to develop ovarian cancer, holding that the plaintiffs’ “experts didn’t offer sufficient scientific proof establishing the connection between talc and the disease.”

This is a sharp contrast from Missouri, where two separate juries have issued verdicts totaling $127 million against Johnson & Johnson over similar talc claims.

In a May op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, ILR President Lisa A. Rickard cited the two verdicts as evidence of the weak expert evidence standards in Missouri and the need to pass legislation (SB 591) enacting the Daubert Standard for expert evidence.

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