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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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JPML Orders Parties with Pending Business Interruption COVID-19 Claims to File Briefing on Proposed Insurer-Specific MDL Dockets

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has ordered parties involved with COVID-19 business interruption lawsuits against Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, Cincinnati Insurance Co., Hartford, and Society Insurance to show cause why the actions should not be transferred to a single district for coordinated pretrial proceedings as insurer-specific MDL dockets.


Allergan Says Biocell Breast Implant Claims Preempted, Moves for Dismissal

Allergan Inc. and Allergan USA Inc. has asked the New Jersey federal judge overseeing the Biocell textured breast implant MDL to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims on preemption grounds.


JPML Rejects Efforts to Create MDL Docket for COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance Lawsuits

Business interruption insurance lawsuits relating to COVID-19 will not proceed in a federal multidistrict litigation docket, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has ruled.


JPML Consolidates Profemur Hip Cases, Taps Ark. Federal Judge to Oversee Docket

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation created a federal docket for cases involving hip devices consisting of a Profemur total hip implant modular femoral neck coupled with a modular titanium Profemur femoral stem.


JPML Refuses to Create 5th MDL Proceeding for Covidien Hernia Mesh Products

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has refused to consolidate actions alleging injuries caused by Covidien hernia mesh products, explaining there are alternatives to centralization available for management of the small number of pending federal cases.


JPML Creates MDL Docket for COVID-19-Related Ticket Refund Suits Against StubHub

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has created a multidistrict litigation docket for ticket refund lawsuits pending against StubHub, but denied efforts to include actions against Vivid Seats and SeatGeek in the coordination efforts, concluding that it had not been persuaded that a “industry-wide MDL is necessary.”


The Gap Inc. Seeks Creation of MDL Docket for Rent Nonpayment Lawsuits

The Gap Inc. has filed a petition for the creation of a coordinated multidistrict litigation docket for claims relating to its nonpayment of rent on stores that were forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Efforts to Create MDL Docket for Bank of America PPP Loan Cases Rejected by JPML

Efforts to create a national multidistrict litigation docket for claims pending against Bank of America for alleged PPP loan violations have been denied by a national panel, which conclude that “voluntary coordination among the parties and the involved judges is preferable to centralization.”


JPML Rejects Efforts to Create MDL Docket for JPMorgan PPP Loan Litigation

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has denied efforts to create a multidistrict litigation docket for claims against JPMorgan for the bank’s alleged failure to properly process application for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, citing “individualized factual issues concerning the circumstances of each loan application.”


JPML Refuses to Create MDL Docket for Wells Fargo PPP Loan Cases, Cites ‘Individualized Factual Issues’

Citing “individualized factual issues,” the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has denied a petition to create a multidistrict litigation docket or claims pending against Wells Fargo Bank for unfair and deceptive business practices relating to the Paycheck Protection Program.


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