STORY FROM: Drugs & Medical Devices

Multi-Plaintiff Risperdal Case Remanded to State Court for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

ST. LOUIS - A Missouri federal judge has remanded a multi-plaintiff Risperdal action to state court for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, ruling that the non-diverse plaintiffs' claims were not fraudulently joined because "common issues of law and fact" connect the claims.

On March 5, Judge Charles A. Shaw of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri followed decisions in similar cases holding that common issues of law and fact are likely to arise because all of the plaintiffs allege they sustained injuries from the use of the drug.

In March 2017, 87 filed the instant action ...

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