STORY FROM: MDL Mass Tort & Class Action Monitor

Nationwide Docket for Heartburn Drug Injury Claims Established in New Jersey

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has chosen a federal judge in New Jersey to preside over all federal lawsuits alleging kidney-related injury caused by several popular heartburn drugs known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI).

In an order issued Aug. 2, the JPML reversed course from a prior determination that oversight of the cases by a single federal judge was not warranted based on the relatively small number of pending cases and the complexities inherent in claims involving several different products manufactured by multiple defendants.

Since the panel rejected an attempt to create a coordinated multi-district ...

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