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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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Belviq Makers Knew Weight-Loss Drug Carried Cancer Risk, N.Y. Federal Lawsuit Says

A New York woman has filed a putative class action alleging the makers of Belviq and Belviq XR knew from the early stages of research and development that the weight loss drugs pose a significantly elevated risk of cancer yet pushed them to market, selling millions of dollars’ worth.


ABA President Seeks Classification of Legal Services as ‘Essential’ During COVID-19 Crisis

The president of the American Bar Association has asked the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to classify legal services as “essential” during the national COVID-19 crisis, thereby allowing attorneys to provide in-person assistance where needed.


Pa. Supreme Court Cancels Arguments Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has canceled arguments scheduled for April 21 through April 23, citing the state governor’s “increasingly restrictive remedial efforts” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


6th Cir. Says Diversity Jurisdiction Lacking in Spanish Citizens’ DePuy Hip Cases

A federal appeals panel has remanded 12 DePuy ASR hip cases filed by Spanish citizens and directed an Ohio federal judge to consider dismissing them for lack of diversity jurisdiction.


Issue #37, March 2020

1st Bellwether Zofran MDL Trial Indefinitely Postponed Due to COVID-19

The first bellwether trial in the federal multidistrict litigation for actions targeting GlaxoSmithKline’s anti-nausea drug Zofran has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19.


1st Bellwether Zofran MDL Trial Indefinitely Postponed Due to COVID-19

The first bellwether trial in the federal multidistrict litigation for actions targeting GlaxoSmithKline’s anti-nausea drug Zofran has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19.


HHS Extends Broad Immunity for Liability Arising From COVID-19 Countermeasures

The United States Department of Health and Human Services has conferred broad-based tort immunity for drug and medical device makers and others engaging in “activities related to medical countermeasures against COVID-19.”


Class Action Complaint Filed Against China, Says Country’s Slow Response to COVID-19 Caused Worldwide Pandemic

A class action complaint has been filed on behalf of United States business owners against the People’s Republic of China, saying that country’s “slow” response to the rapidly spreading Coronavirus has not only caused personal injuries and deaths, but has caused “business suffering” as well.


Plaintiffs Seek MDL Docket for DevaCurl Hair Products

Plaintiffs in an action accusing Deva Concepts LLC of failing to warn consumers that their hair products can cause hair loss and/or balding have asked the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a federal docket for pending and future cases.


Zantac MDL Judge Appoints Joanna O’Connor to Serve as Defendants’ Liaison Counsel

The Florida federal court chosen to oversee the national multidistrict litigation docket for Zantac personal injury claims has appointed Joanne M. O’Connor to serve as Defendants’ Liaison Counsel, according to a recent pretrial order.


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