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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.