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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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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.


Peter Flowers, Walter Kelley Appointed Co-Lead Counsel in Stryker LFIT V40 MDL

The judge overseeing the Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head multidistrict litigation docket has revised the leadership structure for plaintiffs’ counsel appointing Peter J. Flowers of Meyers & Flowers and Walter Kelley of Kelley Bernheim & Dolinsky as co-lead counsel.


Opioid Lawsuits Filed by 9 N.Y. Counties Transferred, Assigned to Single Judge in Suffolk County

Lawsuits filed by nine New York Counties alleging that drug makers have, for years, misrepresented the dangers of prescription opioids will be transferred to a single state court justice in Suffolk County, according to an order issued July 18.


Issue #7, June 2017

JPML Creates Docket for Federal Physiomesh Hernia Repair Cases in Northern District of Georgia

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has granted plaintiffs’ request to create a consolidated docket for federal lawsuits alleging injury caused by the synthetic hernia repair product Physiomesh.


Plaintiffs Make 2nd Attempt to Consolidate Federal Heartburn Drug Injury Lawsuits

Plaintiffs alleging injuries caused by several popular heartburn drugs have renewed their effort to transfer all similar cases to a single federal judge, arguing that the number of claims has ballooned since a federal judicial panel refused to create a centralized docket for the litigation earlier this year.


Issue #6, May 2017

Ga. Woman Says Mentor Breast Implants Caused Her Bio-Toxin Disease in New Lawsuit

A Georgia woman alleges in a new federal lawsuit that defective, leaking Mentor saline breast implants caused her to develop bio-toxin disease and mold infection.


Daimler Due Process Constraint Applies to FELA Action Against Railroad, High Court Rules

In an action brought against a railroad under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, the U.S. Supreme Court held that due process bars a state court from exercising general personal jurisdiction over a defendant that is not “at home” in the forum state.


Florida Woman’s Lawsuit Ties Liver Tumors to Long-Term Oral Contraceptive Use

A Florida woman who claims she developed liver tumors after prolonged use of the Seasonale and Seasonique has sued the manufacturer of the oral contraceptives, claiming the company failed to warn of a significant risk of tumors associated with the drugs.


Issue #5, April 2017

Plaintiffs Seek Consolidated Docket for Federal EpiPen Pricing Lawsuits

Plaintiffs suing companies involved in the production, supply and marketing of EpiPens have filed a motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to coordinate all federal actions alleging that the defendants conspired to eliminate competition and raise the cost of the devices.


Judicial Panel OKs Mirena Pseudotumor Cerebri MDL on Second Attempt

In their second attempt in two years, plaintiffs have persuaded the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a centralized MDL docket for claims alleging intracranial hypertension caused by Bayer’s Mirena IUD contraceptive system.


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