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MDL Mass Tort & Class Action Monitor

Developed to serve primarily as a litigation scouting report for plaintiff and defense counsel, insurers and legal service providers, HarrisMartin’s MDL Mass Tort & Class Action Monitor covers significant new filings and decisions in the JPML, MDL and related mass tort arenas. The quick delivery of breaking news and additional features will keep you within close range of every development occurring in the high-stakes environment of mass torts litigation — where minutes can make a difference. The MDL Mass Tort & Class Action Monitor is an online-only offering that includes frequent email updates and is available at no charge to annual and event sponsors of HarrisMartin’s CLE Conferences.


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California Wine Country Wildfire Litigation to be Coordinated in San Francisco

A California state court judge has designated San Francisco as the centralized venue for all pending and future lawsuits filed against electric utility PG&E Corporation for its alleged role in the recent Northern California wine country wildfires.


MDL Consolidation Sought for Intel Processor Security Flaw Lawsuits

Plaintiffs have filed a motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation seeking a centralized pre-trial docket for all federal lawsuits targeting Intel processors and their alleged susceptibility to security breaches.


Opioid MDL Judge Grants Motion to Approve Plaintiffs’ Leadership Nominations

The judge overseeing the National Prescription Opiate MDL docket has granted a motion to approve a leadership structure and several leadership positions proposed by plaintiffs’ counsel representing parties in the litigation.


Plaintiffs Seek Centralization of Lawsuits Involving Apple iPhone Battery Issues

Plaintiffs who sued Apple Inc. in federal court claiming that the tech giant released an update in early 2017 that reduced the performance of their iPhones have filed a motion requesting that the cases be consolidated before a single judge.


Issue #12, November 2017

N.J. High Court Asked to Classify Abilify Compulsive Behavior Cases as Multi-County Litigation

The parties in 42 pending Abilify compulsive behavior cases have asked a New Jersey state court to classify the actions as a multi-county litigation for centralized management, arguing that the litigation involves common, recurrent issues of law and fact.


"The Reports of the Death of Federal Multi-State Class Actions Have Been Greatly Exaggerated"

Martin P. Schrama and Stefanie Colella-Walsh of Stark & Stark discuss recent decisions involving federal multi-state class actions in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's personal jurisdiction ruling in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court.


Bristol-Myers Squibb Does Not Apply to Class Actions, La. Federal Judge Rules

A Louisiana federal judge has refused to dismiss a Chinese drywall class action, ruling that the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California does not divest the court of personal jurisdiction over the non-resident defendants because the precedent set by the high court does not apply to class actions.


Defendants Seek Consolidated MDL Docket for Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler Device Cases

Companies accused in numerous federal lawsuits of failing to warn that their warming device poses a risk of infection during surgery have asked a federal judicial panel to transfer all of the cases to South Carolina for pre-trial coordination.


Issue #11, October 2017

MDL Petition Filed for Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Onglyza and Kobiglyze

Plaintiffs who allege they suffered heart failure after taking Onglyza and Kombiglyze (Saxagliptin) have filed a motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, requesting that a centralized docket be established in California for all federal lawsuits involving the Type 2 diabetes drugs.


Issue #10, September 2017

Plaintiffs Ask Federal Panel to Establish Consolidated Docket for National Opioid Litigation

HarrisMartin is reporting that plaintiffs in a majority of opioid lawsuits filed nationwide have petitioned a federal judicial panel to have the cases consolidated before a single federal judge in either Ohio or Illinois.


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