Controversial Mesothelioma Study at Issue in Ovarian Cancer Case

There are tens of thousands of people who’ve filed suit against consumer giant Johnson & Johnson, blaming talc in the company’s products for their ovarian cancer or malignant pleural mesothelioma diagnoses. Though their claims were delayed by the company’s bankruptcy filing, courts have recently begun hearing testimony again, and an issue that’s been raised by J&J is sure to be heard frequently: The company is seeking information on an expert witness’ employees who participated in the preparation of her recently published scientific study.

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Mesothelioma Expert Witness Questioned Over Employee Records

For those diagnosed with serious and fatal illnesses like ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, the question of who worked for a researcher seems like a distraction. But as court dates near for victims’ multidistrict litigation, Johnson & Johnson has requested that a subpoena be issued to Northwell Health. The health system employs Dr. Jacqueline Moline, a noted mesothelioma researcher and frequent expert witness in cases involving cosmetic talcum powder.

Johnson & Johnson and its asbestos bankruptcy subsidiary LTL Management have previously filed suit against Dr. Moline over her mesothelioma writing and testimony, and she and her employer have filed objections to the company’s request for subpoena in the upcoming ovarian cancer claims, calling it and other subpoenas “fishing expeditions.”

Talc Company Argues that Subpoena of Mesothelioma Expert’s Records is Justified

While the ovarian cancer victims argue that the difference between mesothelioma and their illness is enough to warrant the subpoena request being rejected, the company claims that victims are relying on the expert witness’ research as a basis for their lawsuits. A company representative said, “Allegations that asbestos is present in cosmetic talc is a central and hotly disputed issue in this litigation.” A decision from the court is expected shortly.

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Paul Danziger

Paul Danziger

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Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering significant compensation for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.

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