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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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JPML Consolidates Profemur Hip Cases, Taps Ark. Federal Judge to Oversee Docket

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation created 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.


JPML Refuses to Create 5th MDL Proceeding for Covidien Hernia Mesh Products

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has refused to consolidate actions alleging injuries caused by Covidien hernia mesh products, explaining there are alternatives to centralization available for management of the small number of pending federal cases.


JPML Creates MDL Docket for COVID-19-Related Ticket Refund Suits Against StubHub

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has created a multidistrict litigation docket for ticket refund lawsuits pending against StubHub, but denied efforts to include actions against Vivid Seats and SeatGeek in the coordination efforts, concluding that it had not been persuaded that a “industry-wide MDL is necessary.”


The Gap Inc. Seeks Creation of MDL Docket for Rent Nonpayment Lawsuits

The Gap Inc. has filed a petition for the creation of a coordinated multidistrict litigation docket for claims relating to its nonpayment of rent on stores that were forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Efforts to Create MDL Docket for Bank of America PPP Loan Cases Rejected by JPML

Efforts to create a national multidistrict litigation docket for claims pending against Bank of America for alleged PPP loan violations have been denied by a national panel, which conclude that “voluntary coordination among the parties and the involved judges is preferable to centralization.”


JPML Rejects Efforts to Create MDL Docket for JPMorgan PPP Loan Litigation

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has denied efforts to create a multidistrict litigation docket for claims against JPMorgan for the bank’s alleged failure to properly process application for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, citing “individualized factual issues concerning the circumstances of each loan application.”


JPML Refuses to Create MDL Docket for Wells Fargo PPP Loan Cases, Cites ‘Individualized Factual Issues’

Citing “individualized factual issues,” the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has denied a petition to create a multidistrict litigation docket or claims pending against Wells Fargo Bank for unfair and deceptive business practices relating to the Paycheck Protection Program.


Remote Depositions Warranted During COVID-19 Pandemic, Minn. Federal Judge Rules

A Minnesota federal judge has upheld a magistrate judge’s ruling that depositions in a patent infringement case should be conducted remotely, rather than in-person, given “the indisputable health risks connected with travel and in-person gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.”


PPP Agent Fees MDL Petition Denied After JPML Finds ‘No Common or Predominant Defendant Across All Actions’

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has denied a petition to create a multidistrict litigation docket for cases filed by agents against lenders for alleged violations of the Paycheck Protection Program, concluding that “common factual questions are lacking.”


MDL Docket Created for Data Privacy Law Violation Claims Against TikTok

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has created a MDL docket for data privacy law violation claims against TikTok Inc., concluding that the actions involved “common questions of fact” and that “centralization will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of this litigation.”


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