March 1, 2016
New Developments
Jury Awards $72 Million in Talc-related Cancer Case in St. Louis
By Jen Dlugosz

Last week, a St. Louis jury awarded $72 million to the family of a victim who alleged that her ovarian cancer was caused by personal use talcum powder. The plaintiff alleged that the decedent used Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and Shower to Shower body powder for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years. [Continue Reading]

District Court in Wisconsin Rules State’s Statute of Repose Does Not Bar Asbestos Claims in Lawsuit
By Jenna Marie Stupar

The Eastern District of Wisconsin started 2016 off with a decision sure to impact the asbestos litigation world. In Ahnert v. Employers Insurance Company of Wausau et al., the District Court ruled that Wisconsin’s Statute of Repose did not foreclose the plaintiff from bringing asbestos-related claims against the defendants and denied the defendants’ motion for summary judgment. Case No. 13-C-1456 (Jan. 6, 2016, E.D. Wis). [Continue Reading]

Notable Take-Home Asbestos Exposure Developments
By Lindsay McClure-Hartman

In the later-half of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, there have been some notable state court decisions on the issues of product and premises liability for secondary or “take-home” exposure to asbestos. Depending on the state, different tests for determining liability are applied, however, the recent decisions discussed below help shed light on how state courts are currently thinking about take-home asbestos exposure cases. [Continue Reading]

Trio of Personal Jurisdiction Motions Denied in Saint Louis City and Madison County
By David D. Dean

In 2015, three foreign corporation asbestos defendants saw their attempts to obtain dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction denied by circuit court judges in Saint Louis City, Missouri, and Madison County, Illinois. [Continue Reading]

Editor of the Month
Jen Dlugosz is a toxic tort and product liability litigator in the firm’s Chicago office. She manages day-to-day operations of cases, working closely with clients and co-counsel to develop and implement overall defense strategies. Jen has served as national coordinating counsel for toxic tort claims and defended clients in repetitive litigation and pre-litigation claims stemming from product liability issues and recalls.
Connect with us: Blog | Twitter | LinkedIn
Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation
Asbestos Practice
Companies face increasingly well‐coordinated attacks in jurisdictions across the country. These assaults are becoming more complex and costly as plaintiffs’ counsel pursue novel theories and claims to keep asbestos litigation thriving. Husch Blackwell’s team has experience in numerous jurisdictions throughout 37 states. Our attorneys can help you navigate the intricate web of plaintiffs’ firms, changing laws, evolving science and anti-defendant courts. [More information]
Upcoming Events
DRI – Toxic Torts and Environmental Law
March 17-18, 2016
New Orleans, LA

Several of our toxic tort litigators are attending this DRI seminar; we hope to see you there!