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October 2022 Talc Update

October 2022 Talc Update

Johnson & Johnson continues its quest to block lawsuits from approximately 40,000 ovarian cancer patients through its bankruptcy filing. On Monday, September 19, 2022, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia reviewed Johnson & Johnson’s questionable bankruptcy filing, asking the company’s lawyers if the company’s use of the bankruptcy system was a legal strategy to gain a “litigation advantage.” Following this hearing, the U.S. The Third Circuit will decide whether the bankruptcy should be dismissed, which would allow talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits to resume.

While this appeal is pending, all litigation against Johnson & Johnson remains stayed. In other words, no one can file any lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and all current litigation is put on pause until the bankruptcy issue is resolved. If another law firm contacts you and states that their lawyers can file a case on your behalf, please know this is legally prohibited at this time and as soon as the stay is lifted, assuming you have been responsive to all requests for information, The Smith Law Firm is ready to proceed with your case.

We will diligently support the Committee in its attempt to dismiss this bankruptcy. However, if after The Third Circuit’s ruling, the bankruptcy is allowed to move forward, we will assess how best to handle your claim at that time. No matter how the bankruptcy issue is resolved, please rest assured that we will continue to fight for you and will continue working towards resolving your claim. Even if the bankruptcy does proceed, Johnson & Johnson has set aside funds to resolve talcum powder related lawsuits – bankruptcy does not make your claim moot.