Johnson & Johnson Loses First Fights Over Talc Chapter, however Greater Battles Loom

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Johnson & Johnson Loses First Fights Over Talc Bankruptcy, but Bigger Battles Loom

Johnson & Johnson lost important initial battles to keep talcum powder lawsuits going, but the battle is far from over.

In two orders Tuesday, US bankruptcy judge Craig Whitley, who oversees Chapter 11 filing of LTL's newly formed management earlier this month, refused to immediately stand on Johnson & Johnson's side. He ordered LTL Management, which was formed to absorb Johnson & Johnson's talc liabilities, to show why its bankruptcy process shouldn't be moved from its courtroom in the Western District of North Carolina to New Jersey. He also refused to grant a blanket stay of all lawsuits.

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