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Talcum powder lawsuits considered for consolidation in September

The scheduling order published on August 11th by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) included oral arguments for a motion to consolidate talcum powder lawsuits across the nation into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) where all cases would be heard in front of a single judge. Formation of an MDL can minimize duplicative discovery, prevent conflicts in pretrial hearings, and cut litigation costs for all parties involved.

Pinnacle Verdict: $497.6 Million

In the recent MDL bellwether trial regarding DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip
implants, a Northern Texas jury awarded five plaintiffs $502 million in
compensatory and punitive damages against both DePuy and Johnson & Johnson
(DePuy’s parent company). The jury found that the Pinnacle metal-on-metal design
was defective, the company did not provide adequate warnings, and Johnson &
Johnson aided and abetted in fraudulent misrepresentations of the product.

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