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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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MDL Docket Sought for Claims Against Lenders for Withholding of PPP Agent Fees

Individuals designated as agents under the Paycheck Protection Program are seeking the creation of a multidistrict litigation docket for what they say are the growing number of claims against lenders, which the plaintiffs argue are wrongfully withholding agent fees.


Plaintiffs Seek Creation of MDL Docket for Modular Profemur Femoral Hip Implant Systems

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has been asked to create 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.


MDL Docket Sought for Data Privacy Law Violation Claims Against TikTok

Plaintiffs with data privacy claims pending against TikTok Inc. and ByteDance Technology Inc. for alleged violations of data privacy laws have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create an MDL docket for the claims, noting that 10 complaints are pending in Illinois and California federal courts.


Zantac Federal MDL Judge Appoints Lead Counsel, Steering Committee

The judge overseeing the Zantac multidistrict litigation docket has appointed as lead counsel Tracy Finken of Anapol Weiss, Robert Gilbert of Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert, Michael McGlamry of Pope McGlamry and Adam Pulaski of Pulaski Kherkher.


Calif. Appeals Court Overturns Preemption Ruling in Risperdal Gynecomastia Cases

A California appellate court has reinstated the eligibility of thousands of Risperdal and Invega gynecomastia cases, finding the failure-to-warn claims are not preempted because there is clear evidence that the FDA would have allowed Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. to change the drug’s label via the Changes Being Effected process.


BHR Hip MDL Judge Refuses to Further Limit Scope of Ex Parte Conversations

The judge overseeing the federal BHR Hip MDL docket has denied Smith & Nephew’s request for an amended order further limiting the scope of ex parte conversations between surgeons and plaintiff’s counsel, finding no justification for such an order.


JPML Asked to Create MDL Docket for CARES Act Violation Claims Against JPMorgan Chase

A spa has asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a multidistrict litigation docket for claims against JPMorgan Chase, citing the growing number of class action lawsuits accusing the company of violating state laws by failing to follow the Small Business Association’s rules relating to the Federal Paycheck Protection Program.


Skiers Seek Creation of MDL Docket for Claims Relating to Denial of Refunds for ‘Unlimited’ Passes

A group of skiers has asked the JPML to create an MDL docket for the growing number of claims against two resorts that have refused to issue partial refunds to those that purchased the defendant’s national ski passes for the 2019-2020 ski season, which was cut short as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Ohio Opioid MDL Judge Selects Two Pharmacy Cases for 2021 Bellwether Trial

The Ohio federal judge overseeing the national opioid multidistrict litigation docket has chosen two pharmacy public nuisance cases for a May 2021 bellwether trial.


JPML Moves May Hearing to Virtual Format; Will Hear Arguments Related to EvenFlo Product Liability MDL Petition

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has shifted its May hearing to a virtual platform in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, effectively cancelling the live hearing that had been scheduled for San Francisco on May 28.


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