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Missouri appeals court tosses award in talcum powder case

The court cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this summer that found there must be a strong connection between the plaintiff and a state where a lawsuit is filed. Only two of the 65 plaintiffs in Fox's case live in Missouri. (File)

A spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson said the company is pleased with a Missouri appeals court ruling that threw out a $72 million award for an Alabama woman who claimed the company's talcum powder contributed to her ovarian cancer.

The appeals court ruled Tuesday that Missouri was not the proper jurisdiction for the lawsuit. The court cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this summer that found there must be a strong connection between the plaintiff and a state where a lawsuit is filed. Only two of the 65 plaintiffs in Fox's case live in Missouri.

Three other juries have ruled against Johnson & Johnson in similar lawsuits in Missouri.

Spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said in a statement Tuesday that the company has consistently argued that Missouri has no jurisdiction in cases involving non-residents and "we expect the existing verdicts that we are appealing to be reversed."

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