J&J loses bid to transfer baby powder suits to 1 court

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A judge denied an emergency bid from Johnson & Johnson to transfer 2,400 state lawsuits tied to its baby powder immediately to a federal court in Delaware, according to Bloomberg.

The drugmaker aimed to move the lawsuits to federal court so it could forge a single defense strategy.

U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika dismissed J&J's request, arguing that the drugmaker is partially responsible for the "bloomlet of litigation," according to the report.

"J&J's desire to centralize its own state law litigation does not justify the finding of an emergency" requiring immediate transfer, she added in her 11-page ruling.  

J&J is facing 14,000 claims that its talc products contained traces of asbestos, which caused people's ovarian cancer or mesothelioma.

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