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Talc powder trial ends with $110 million judgment against J&J

Jurors hit Johnson & Johnson with a $110 million judgment this week as they drew a link between the company’s talc powder products and a Virginia woman’s ovarian cancer.

Rift between Missouri governor, lawmakers could stall tort reform bill

JEFFERSON CITY — A key tort reform measure to stop out-of-state attorneys from trying their cases in Missouri has advanced in the state legislature, but a rift between the Republican governor and some GOP senators could leave the bill in limbo.

J&J attorney vows 'fight' as latest talc-cancer trial opens

ST. LOUIS -- A fifth high-profile trial over allegations that Johnson & Johnson talc powder products are linked to ovarian cancer got under way Tuesday, with plaintiff’s attorney Allen Smith arguing that the company put profits over its corporate responsibility.

Bill that would limit venue shopping advances without pro-attorney amendment

A bill aimed at rehabilitating Missouri’s reputation as a “judicial hellhole” and magnet for frivolous lawsuits passed the Missouri House of Representatives this month, but not before a GOP lawmaker and trial attorney tried to amend the measure they said was overkill.

Choices for Missouri Supreme Court seat prompt debate over 'elitist' system

&&&The current vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court has reignited debate about whether the way the state selects judges is a rigged system dominated by politics and trial attorneys or one that rightly champions merit.

Missouri legislature advances tort reform measures

JEFFERSON CITY — With a Republican now occupying the governor’s office, many Missouri lawmakers hope 2017 will be the year the state sheds its “judicial hellhole” reputation and enacts far-reaching tort reform legislation.