Welcome to Law.com Class Actions: Critical Mass, a weekly briefing for class action and mass tort attorneys. A federal bankruptcy judge wrapped up five days of a hearing on whether to dismiss the Chapter 11 case of a Johnson & Johnson talc subsidiary. An annual survey by Carlton Fields predicts a 27% jump in class action cases this year. Find out who got appointed to lead the Philips CPAP multidistrict litigation.

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Hearing Asks: Did Financial Distress Prompt Talc Bankruptcy?