Missouri's 22 nd Circuit Court in St. Louis currently houses the largest of several talcum powder litigations involving Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower products. In August, the New Jersey-based company asked the Court to dismiss the cases, arguing, among other things, that Missouri had no jurisdiction over the claims. In doing so, Johnson & Johnson asserted that it has few ties to the area, and pointed out that the majority of plaintiffs reside outside of the jurisdiction. While the Court rejected the motion, Johnson & Johnson reportedly plans to make the same arguments to the Missouri Court of Appeals. (Case No 1422-CC09012-01) "Our Firm is closely following the talcum powder litigation throughout the nation, as we have been contacted by a number of potential plaintiffs interested in filing similar cases. Given Johnson & Johnson's poor track record in Missouri, it's not at all surprising that the company would attempt such a maneuver," says Sandy A. Liebhard, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective medical devices, drugs and consumer products. The Firm is offering free legal reviews to victims of ovarian cancer allegedly related to the use of Johnson & Johnson's talc-based powders. Talcum Powder Litigation Court documents indicate that more than 2,500 talcum powder lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the country. Plaintiffs allege that numerous studies published since the 1970s have suggested that the regular and repeated use of talcum powder for feminine hygiene purposes can contribute to the development of ovarian cancer. They further contend that Johnson & Johnson has been aware of this risk for decades, but chose not to include warning labels on its talcum powders in order to protect sales of those products.