The Latest: Appeals court tosses award in talcum powder case
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri appeals court ruling that vacated a $72 million award in an Alabama’s woman’s lawsuit that claimed talcum powder and other Johnson & Johnson products contributed to her cancer. (all times local):
A spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson says the company is pleased with a Missouri appeals court ruling that threw out a $72 million award for an Alabama woman who claimed the company’s talcum powder contributed to her ovarian cancer.
The appeals court ruled Tuesday that Missouri was not the proper jurisdiction for the lawsuit. The court cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this summer that found there must be a strong connection between the plaintiff and a state where a lawsuit is filed. Only two of the 65 plaintiffs in Fox’s case live in Missouri.
Three other juries have ruled against Johnson & Johnson in similar lawsuits in Missouri.
Spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said in a statement Tuesday that the company has consistently argued that Missouri has no jurisdiction in cases involving non-residents and “we expect the existing verdicts that we are appealing to be reversed.”
A Missouri appeals court has thrown out a $72 million award to a woman who claimed talcum powder made by Johnson & Johnson contributed to her ovarian cancer.
The Missouri Eastern District court ruled Tuesday that Missouri was not the proper jurisdiction for a lawsuit filed by 62-year-old Jacqueline Fox, of Birmingham, Alabama, who died in 2015 of ovarian cancer.
That 2006 award was the first award in several cases that claimed talcum powder contributed to cancer. About 65 people joined Fox’s lawsuit but only two were from Missouri.
In its ruling, the court cited a June decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that said there must be a connection between the plaintiff’s claims and the state where a lawsuit is filed.