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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 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.


Plaintiffs Seek Expedited Hearing in Boston on Request to Consolidate Equifax Data Breach Lawsuits

Plaintiffs in two of the dozens of lawsuits filed recently over a data breach reported by Equifax Inc. have asked a federal judicial panel to have similar cases from around the country transferred to a judge in Georgia.


Issue #9, August 2017

Class Action Blames Oral Surgeon’s Hearing Loss on Noisy Dental Drill

An oral surgeon has filed a class action lawsuit in Florida, alleging that a bone drill used by dental professionals nationwide can cause permanent hearing loss.


Ruptured Breast Implants Led to Missouri Woman’s Connective Tissue Disease, Suit Says

A Missouri woman has sued Allergan and Nusil Technology, claiming that they are to blame for her ruptured breast implants that leaked silicone into surrounding tissue, causing her to experience multiple sclerosis-type symptoms and other complications.


New Class Actions Target Weyerhaeuser Formaldehyde-Coated Lumber

Several class actions have been filed recently in several states by plaintiffs who claim that their residences have been rendered uninhabitable by toxic gases that are being emitted from formaldehyde-coated lumber joists used to build their homes.


Garrard, Migliori Tapped to Lead Physiomesh MDL Plaintiffs’ Counsel

Judge Richard W. Story has issued an order setting in place the counsel organizational structure of the multidistrict litigation docket that now serves as the epicenter for all federal lawsuits over injuries allegedly caused by Ethicon’s hernia mesh product, Physiomesh.


Nationwide Docket for Heartburn Drug Injury Claims Established in New Jersey

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has chosen a judge in New Jersey to preside over all federal lawsuits alleging kidney-related injury caused by several popular heartburn drugs known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI).


Issue #8, July 2017

Jasper D. Ward IV, Genevieve Zimmerman Appointed Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel in BHR MDL

The judge overseeing the Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing multidistrict litigation docket has appointed Jasper D. Ward IV of Jones Ward and Genevieve Zimmerman of Meshbesher & Spence as plaintiffs’ lead counsel.


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