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.



Current Issue

Plaintiffs Seek Transfer of MONAT Hair Care Products Litigation to MDL in Oklahoma

A motion has been filed seeking multidistrict coordination of several class actions filed against the maker of hair care products that allegedly cause consumers to lose their hair. Plaintiffs in two of the pending actions filed the motion March 22, asking the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a consolidated docket in either Oklahoma or Texas for pre-trial proceedings in all pending and future lawsuits claiming injuries caused by MONAT Hair Care Products.

Lead Counsel Named in Consolidated California North Bay Fire Litigation Docket

The leadership structure jointly proposed by plaintiff and defense counsel in dozens of lawsuits filed against California utility PG&E for damage caused by the North Bay wildfires has been adopted by the judge overseeing the litigation.

Chicken Farmers Seek MDL for Antitrust Conspiracy Claims Against Tyson, Perdue, Others

A motion has been filed seeking MDL coordination of two class actions filed on behalf of broiler chicken farmers who claim that companies such as Perdue and Tyson’s have engaged in a conspiracy to fix grower compensation below competitive levels.

Issue #15, February 2018

Aetna Hit With Class Action for Denying Claims Without Physician Review

Aetna Inc. and its affiliates have been sued in California federal court following recent revelations that the insurer is under investigation for improperly denying claims for treatment that it said were not medically necessary.

Issue #14, January 2018

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.

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