MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA/AP) - Montgomery-based Beasley Allen Law Firm reacted to news Tuesday that a Missouri appeals court has thrown out the $72 million award to a woman who claimed talcum powder made by Johnson & Johnson contributed to her ovarian cancer.
According to the Associated Press, the Missouri Eastern District court ruled that Missouri was not the proper jurisdiction for a lawsuit filed by 62-year-old Jacqueline Fox, of Birmingham, Alabama, who died in 2015 of ovarian cancer.
Ted Meadows with Beasley Allen reacted, stating:
The 2006 award was the first award in several cases that claimed talcum powder contributed to cancer. About 65 people joined Fox's lawsuit but only two were from Missouri.
In its ruling, the court cited a June decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that said there must be a connection between the plaintiff's claims and the state where a lawsuit is filed.