Our lawyers were shocked when a state court judge struck two of their expert witnesses last month in the New Jersey talc litigation. These witnesses, Dr. Daniel Cramer, who is from Harvard and is with the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Dr. Graham Colditz from Washington University in St. Louis, are two of the most qualified medical scientific researchers in the country.
Dr. Colditz was recently recognized as the leading medical scientific researcher in the entire world. It’s most significant that both Dr. Cramer and Dr. Colditz were listed by the company that mined and sold talc to Johnson & Johnson as qualified medical researchers they would use to determine if there was a link between talc use and ovarian cancer. As has been widely reported, each of these medical researchers found there to be a significant cancer risk. In addition, each is well-respected by their peers.
The New Jersey decision ignores the fact that Johnson & Johnson has admitted in internal documents that its talc powder product carries a cancer risk and that the scientific studies on the link between talc use and ovarian cancer have been against them. The supplier of talc to Johnson & Johnson actually puts a cancer warning on the containers of talc delivered to Johnson & Johnson.
Our lawyers are confident that the New Jersey state court decision will be reversed on appeal. We will also continue with the litigation in other courts around the country. Both federal and state court judges have favorably reviewed our expert testimony on the link between talc use and ovarian cancer. The New Jersey decision goes against these previous rulings.
The internal documents show without any doubt that Johnson & Johnson knew of the cancer risk to women for decades and failed to warn them of the risk. We asked Johnson & Johnson to agree for us to furnish copies of the trial transcripts where both Dr. Cramer and Dr. Colditz testified and where the Johnson & Johnson internal documents were introduced into evidence and seen by judges and juries in other trials.
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