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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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Defendants in 3M Combat Arms Earplug MDL Oppose Efforts to Create Separate Class Action Track

Defendants in the 3M Combat Arms Earplug MDL docket have opposed efforts to establish a separate track for class action cases, contending that doing so would complicate matters and “result in duplicative and overlapping efforts.”


Issue #28, June 2019

Plaintiffs File Petition for Coordinated Docket for Calif. State Court HIV Drug Claims

Plaintiffs with claims pending against Gilead Sciences Inc. for injuries relating to the use of HIV drugs such as Truvada and Viread have asked the Judicial Counsel for the State of California to create a coordinated docket for the claims, saying it is likely that “hundreds, if not thousands, of additional cases will be filed in California’s state courts over the coming months and years.”


Plaintiffs File Petition for Creation of MDL Docket for First American Data Breach Claims

Plaintiffs with data breach claims pending against First American Financial Corporation have filed a petition to create a coordinated multidistrict litigation docket for cases relating to the company’s failure to protect confidential information of “millions of consumers nationwide.”


MDL Court Overseeing 3M Combat Earplugs Coordinated Docket, Schedules ‘Science Day’ for August

The Florida court overseeing the 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products multidistrict litigation docket has scheduled the “Science Day” proceeding for Aug. 26, according to a recent order.


Plaintiffs Seek Creation of MDL Docket for Claims Relating to Quest Diagnostics Data Breach

Plaintiffs with claims pending against American Medical Collection Agency Inc. for the company’s alleged failure to protect confidential information of “millions of patients,” have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a coordinated docket for the claims, saying the common questions of fact support the creation of a multidistrict litigation docket.


Fisher-Price, Mattel Seek MDL Docket for Growing Number of Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Lawsuits

Named in several class action lawsuits for its allegedly defective Rock ‘N Play Sleeper, Fisher-Price Inc. and Mattel Inc. have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a coordinated docket for the pending claims.


Issue #27, May 2019

3M Combat Earplugs MDL Court Announces Plaintiff Leadership Appointments

The federal court overseeing the national multidistrict litigation docket for 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation has announced the plaintiffs’ leadership team, appointing Bryan F. Aylstock of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC, as lead counsel.


Issue #26, April 2019

Plaintiffs Seek Creation of MDL Docket for Sensipar Antitrust Cases

A petition filed with the JPML seeks the creation of a multidistrict litigation docket for antitrust lawsuits relating to Sensipar, in which the plaintiffs have argued that Amgen entered a confidential agreement with defendant Teva Pharmaceuticals under which the company said it would stop selling its generic version of the drug.


HarrisMartin: JPML Sends 3M Combat Earplugs Litigation to Northern District of Florida

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has created a multidistrict litigation docket for claims relating to 3M Combat Arms Earplugs, sending the claims to the Northern District of Florida before the Honorable M. Casey Rodgers.


Issue #25, January 2019

Joint Federal MDL Docket Sought for 3M Combat Earplugs Lawsuits

Counsel representing a military veteran who sued 3M Company for manufacturing and selling allegedly defective earplugs that caused his hearing loss has moved to create a centralized docket for all similar lawsuits filed in federal courts nationwide.


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