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NJ Court Appoints Special Master to Oversee Johnson & Johnson Talc Cases

Talc MDL Update

September 14, 2017
A federal court in New Jersey has announced the appointment of retired U.S. District Judge Joel Pisano as special master overseeing the state’s Multi-District Litigation (MDL) case in which several plaintiffs allege that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder and baby powder products have caused ovarian and uterine cancer.

The suits in the case, which were consolidated by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (JPMDL) in October 2016, concern allegations not just that the talc in the named products may cause cancer, but that Johnson & Johnson manufactured, marketed, and distributed the products with full awareness of their potential health hazards.

Pisano was appointed a U.S. Magistrate Judge in New Jersey in 1991, was appointed U.S. District Judge by President Bill Clinton in 2000, and retired in 2015. He currently works in private practice. Pisano’s judicial experience includes, among many other cases, the oversight of a MDL case over Merck’s osteoporosis drug Fosamax.

If you have used talcum powder and/or baby powder over the course of many years, and have developed ovarian or uterine cancer, you may wish to join an existing lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. The expert attorneys at are standing by to help you – and the consultation is free.

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