Federal judge says J&J must face cancer victim in court

Federal judge says J&J must face cancer victim in court

THE WHAT? A federal judge has given the go ahead for a 24-year-old cancer sufferer to proceed with a case which claims that the disease was caused by use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, according to a report published by Bloomberg.

THE DETAILS The ruling is the first of its kind since the US health care manufacturer’s plea to use chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings to resolve the 40,000-odd cancer lawsuits it is facing was denied by an appeals court.

THE WHY? While J&J is appealing the chapter 11 ruling, victims must continue to seek permission to bring their cases to trial. The manufacturer of Aveeno and Neutrogena has two further chances to funnel the multiple lawsuits bought against it through its LTL Management bankruptcy. If both fail, all cases will go to trial.

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