Hammock v. Johnson & Johnson

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler scored a win for our client, a Fortune 100 healthcare company, when the court granted a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in a products liability suit related to talcum powder.

The New York Supreme Court in Manhattan relied on the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco, 136 S. Ct. 1773 [2017] and held that our client (a New Jersey company) could not be subject to jurisdiction in New York for the Virginia plaintiff’s claims arising from her alleged use of our client’s talcum powder in Virginia, despite the fact that our client was alleged to have numerous other connections to New York. This is one of the first times a New York court has reached this outcome since Bristol-Myers was decided.

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP advised Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. with a team including Thomas P. Kurland, Michelle M. Bufano and John D. Winter (Picture).


Involved fees earner: John Winter – Patterson Belknap; Michelle Bufano – Patterson Belknap; Thomas Kurland – Patterson Belknap;

Law Firms: Patterson Belknap;

Clients: Johnson & Johnson; Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.;


Author: Ambrogio Visconti