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Talc Litigation

HeplerBroom LLC is at the forefront of talcum powder litigation. We represent the primary target manufacturer of the body powder products at issue in the litigation both in nationally publicized product liability trials in St. Louis City and in similar litigation throughout the Midwest. The majority of these cases are pending in what some have named the most difficult jurisdictions for defendants in the United States.

The firm provides its clients with invaluable advice based on its greater than 30 years of experience litigating in Missouri and Illinois state and federal courts. The talc team plays a major role in managing every aspect of this challenging, high-stakes litigation: developing and implementing strategies related to challenging jurisdiction, removal and transfer, conducting discovery and defending against overreaching discovery tactics, working with expert witnesses, participating in all aspects of trial, and developing appellate strategies, as well as consulting with and providing support to appellate counsel. The team uses state-of-the-art technology and communication resources to keep national trial counsel (and in-house counsel) apprised of developments in their cases. It also uses advanced technology for document management and case organization to minimize paper files and meet the goal of providing excellent legal services in a cost-efficient manner.

Our talc team was an integral part of the trial and appeal of Fox v. Johnson & Johnson, in which the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, reversed and vacated in its entirety a $72 million judgment. Appeals in three similar cases are pending in the Missouri Court of Appeals. Additionally, the talc team was successful in obtaining a preliminary writ from the Missouri Supreme Court related to a venue question, which halted a trial just days before it was set to begin.


HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone's continued health and well-being, effective March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff began working remotely. We continue to assess the situation and will return to our physical offices when appropriate.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom's IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.

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