ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis judge has declared a mistrial in a talcum powder trial after the U.S. Supreme Court placed limits on where injury lawsuits could be filed.
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Justices on Monday ruled that state courts cannot hear claims against companies not based in the state where alleged injuries occurred. The case involved suits against Bristol-Myers Squibb over the blood-thinning medication Plavix.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison on Monday declared a mistrial in a case in which two out-of-state plaintiffs are part of a suit against Johnson & Johnson, claiming talcum powder caused ovarian cancer.
It's unclear what impact the ruling might have on previous St. Louis verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in which plaintiffs have been awarded more than $300 million combined.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com