Recently, Judge John Francis Garvey, Jr., of the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, Mo., denied motions to dismiss filed by defendants Johnson and Johnson, and Imerys Talc America. The judge also entered a scheduling order setting the Hogans case for trial on Feb. 1, 2016. This lawsuit involves dozens of women who claim that genital use of talcum powder, in the form of Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower, caused their ovarian cancer. At this point, it appears this will be the first talcum powder trial since 2013 when a South Dakota Federal Court jury found that Johnson and Johnson failed to warn of the risk of ovarian cancer from genital talc use and thereby caused Ms. Berg’s ovarian cancer.
Judge Garvey is requiring the parties to proceed with discovery in 10 cases, one of which will be the subject of the Feb. 1, 2016, trial. As I last reported, our second talcum powder trial will take place on March 7, 2016, in the Eastern District Of Missouri. It involves the widower of Shawn Blaes, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 47 and died in 2011 at the age of 50.
Our firm is working on the Hogans and Blaes cases with the law firms of Onder, Shelton, O’Leary, and Peterson, LLC, Allen Smith, and Porter & Malouf, P.A. As I 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 at Ted.Meadows@beasleyallen.com or 800-898-2034.
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