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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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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.


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.


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