After losing three straight trials in a St. Louis trial court, Johnson
& Johnson filed a request that the cases be moved to another court.
Three different St. Louis juries in the past year have returned verdicts
in excess of $50 million against Johnson & Johnson for failing to
warn consumers that genital use of its talc powder increased the risk
of ovarian cancer. Rather than accepting these verdicts and removing its
talc based products from the market, Johnson & Johnson continues to
maintain that its talc powder is safe. It explains the verdicts by asserting
that the plaintiff’s lawyers have tainted the jury pool by spending
$10 million advertising the
dangers of talc powder in the past year, a disproportionate amount, they claim, being spent in
St. Louis. The trial judge that has presided over the three trials, Judge
Rex Burlison, denied Johnson & Johnson’s request. Johnson &
Johnson is appealing that decision to Missouri’s intermediate appellate
court, the Missouri Court of Appeals.