In a dramatic end to a pivotal trial over Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder, a Missouri judge has granted a mistrial in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California.
Rex Burlison, a judge on the 22nd Circuit Court in St. Louis, granted a motion brought by Johnson & Johnson on Monday that cited the Bristol-Myers ruling, which tightened the jurisdictional rules over where corporate defendants can be sued, particularly in mass torts involving dozens of plaintiffs in a single case.
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