Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson
(U.S., filed April 5, 2021): Urging the Court to review Missouri’s landmark decision affirming proper joinder of 22 plaintiffs’ claims, including 15 non-residents’ claims, & imposing a $2.24 billion judgment in talc litigation. While allowing multiple plaintiffs to litigate cases against a single defendant can create a more efficient judicial system, courts also need to ensure defendants’ due process rights are unimpaired. Juries can be overwhelmed and inflamed by the sheer number of genuinely suffering plaintiffs before them. Joinder also forces defendants to use limited resources to address issues that affect the entire proceeding, rather than attending to each plaintiff individually. Finally, juries may have trouble keeping the facts of each plaintiff straight.
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