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Bankrupt J&J Talc Supplier’s Claims Rep Must Prove Independence

May 8, 2019, 10:02 PM

A proposed representative for victims claiming asbestos-related injuries caused by Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder must provide additional information, including his past legal clients, before he can be confirmed, a federal bankruptcy court ruled.

Imerys Talc America, a Johnson & Johnson talc supplier that declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, has asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to appoint James L. Patton Jr. as the “Legal Representative for Future Talc Injury Claimants.” Insurance companies and the U.S. Trustee, the Justice Department’s bankruptcy watchdog, have opposed the nomination.

Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein said on May 8 that she needs ...

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