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J&J Baby Powder Judge Says Two Victim Panels is One Too Many

  • Bankruptcy watchdog must set up one official victims’ group
  • Two panels represented people with different types of cancer


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Johnson & Johnson won’t have to fight against two separate committees of victims who say they were harmed by the company’s baby-powder after a bankruptcy judge threw out one of the panels. 

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael B. Kaplan ruled that the federal bankruptcy watchdog must abide by a court order issued last year that set up a single official committee to represent more than 38,000 people who claim J&J’s baby powder gave them cancer. Kaplan then threw out a December decision by the watchdog, known as the U.S. Trustee, to reorganize that committee and add a second panel.