US Judge Halts Johnson & Johnson Talc Litigation for 60 Days

By Reuters
Reuters
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November 11, 2021 Updated: November 11, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Wednesday put a 60-day halt on tens of thousands of legal claims against Johnson & Johnson that allege its talc-based products cause cancer.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Craig Whitley ordered the halt at a hearing in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He also decided to transfer the talc cases to a federal court in New Jersey, where J&J is based and where much of the nationwide litigation over its talc products is being conducted.

Whitley ruled in response to a request from LTL Management LLC, a J&J unit created by the parent company to hold its talc liabilities, to halt the talc cases while it pursued a Chapter 11 restructuring. The parent did not file for bankruptcy.

Shares of J&J were up about 1 percent after the ruling.

The New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company has maintained that its talc products are safe.

By Maria Chutchian

Reuters