We wrote above about the firm’s handling of talcum powder cases. Recently United States District Judge Ronnie L. White of the Eastern District of Missouri denied a Motion to Dismiss Conspiracy Claims against Defendants Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, Inc., fka Luzenac America, Inc. This ruling was in a lawsuit filed by Michael Blaes as a result of the death of his wife Shawn Blaes, who died of ovarian cancer allegedly caused by the use of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder and Shower to Shower (containing talc mined and sold by Imerys) in the genital area. Among other claims, the Plaintiff alleges that the Defendants worked together to perform wrongful acts and conspired amongst themselves to misrepresent and suppress the truth regarding the danger associated with the genital use of talcum powder by doing the following:
The Plaintiff claims that all of this was part of an effort to illegally prevent consumers from learning about the potential harmful effects of talc use. Lawyers in our firm’s Mass Torts Section are working on the Blaes case with the law firms of Onder, Shelton, O’Leary & Peterson, LLC, Allen Smith, and Porter & Malouf, P.A. This case now moves into the discovery phase in order to have it ready for the court-ordered trial date of March 7, 2016. As we have indicated before, our firm is heavily involved in litigating cases on behalf of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer following the use of talcum powder in the genital area. If you have any questions regarding these cases, please feel free to contact Ted Meadows, a lawyer in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, at Ted.Meadows@beasleyallen.com or 800-898-2034.
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