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Missouri Supreme Court Decision in Talc Case Could Herald Change in Where Mass Tort Litigation May Be Filed

On March 6, 2018, the Missouri Supreme Court declined to review the October 17, 2017 decision by Missouri’s Eastern District Court of Appeals in Fox v. Johnson & Johnson, which had overturned the trial court’s $72-million talc verdict against the defendant. The Eastern District found that the trial court lacked personal jurisdiction over Johnson & Johnson for the claims filed by Jacqueline Fox. The decision by Missouri’s highest court, which concerned the first of five major talc verdicts entered against Johnson & Johnson, not only clears the way for Johnson & Johnson’s success in the pending appeals of three other multimillion-dollar verdicts issued by St. Louis City jurors and supports a California trial judge’s October 2017 decision to vacate a fifth $417 million verdict, but could herald a fundamental change in how mass tort cases may be litigated.

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