Talc ovarian cancer litigation against Johnson & Johnson and supplier Imerys Talc America, Inc. has shifted from state courts in Missouri and elsewhere to federal court in New Jersey.

The movement to federal court is good news for J&J because some plaintiffs in state courts, particularly in Missouri, have been awarded multi-million dollar verdicts recently in the high-profile talc litigation.

Some 4,003 plaintiffs have filed suits in the federal consolidated litigation, where no trial have yet taken place, according to...