Talc Chapter Decide Disbands Twin Claimants’ Committees

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A bankruptcy judge has disbanded the claimants’ committees in the Chapter 11 case involving Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits after the U.S. trustee split representation based on the disease of the victims.

In a Thursday order, New Jersey’s Chief Bankruptcy Judge Michael Kaplan invalidated the U.S. trustee’s notice appointing two committees—one for 38,000 victims of ovarian cancer, the other for 430 with mesothelioma. Both have sued over Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other talc products. Kaplan’s order, which followed a hearing on Wednesday, reinstated the Official Committee of Talc Claimants, or TCC, previously created by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Craig Whitley in North Carolina’s Western District, which combined all the claimants together.

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