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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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Issue #31, September 2019

Fla. Woman Says Contaminated Zantac Caused Breast Cancer

A Florida woman has sued Sanofi-Aventis in federal court, alleging her long-term ingestion of the heartburn drug Zantac (ranitidine) caused her breast cancer because it was contaminated with a probable human carcinogen.


Fla. Man Says Contaminated Zantac Caused Rare Cancer

A Florida man has sued the maker of Zantac in Florida state court, alleging it concealed the fact that its acid reflux drug Zantac (ranitidine) contained “incredibly high levels” of a probable human carcinogen.


OxyCotin Maker Purdue Pharma Petitions for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Purdue Pharma L.P., maker of the addictive painkiller OxyCotin, has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York federal court following its agreement to settle thousands of lawsuits accusing it of perpetuating the opioid epidemic.


N.Y. Woman Says JUUL’s Marketing Efforts Caused ‘Debilitating’ Nicotine Addiction

An 18-year-old woman has sued the makers of JUUL e-cigarettes in New York federal court, alleging she developed a severe and debilitating nicotine addiction due to defendants’ aggressive advertising tactics aimed at a youth-oriented market.


FDA Issues Warning Letter Accusing JUUL of Marketing Products to Students as ‘Safe’

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to JUUL Labs Inc., accusing it of marketing unauthorized modified risk tobacco products to consumers, including youths in schools, touting the products as “much safer than cigarettes.”


FDA Tells Consumers to Avoid Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-Containing Vaping Products

Citing recent reports of respiratory illnesses, including some resulting in deaths, the Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers to avoid buying vaping products on the street, and to refrain from using THC oil or adding any substances to products purchased in stores.


Issue #30, August 2019

Okla. Judge Orders J&J, Janssen to Pay State $572 Million in Landmark Opioid Case

An Oklahoma judge has ordered Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen to pay $572 million to the State of Oklahoma, finding they aggressively marketed opioids to healthcare providers in order to increase sales, causing a statewide addiction epidemic.


MDL Docket Sought for Claims Against Ford, GM for Allegedly Faulty CP4 Fuel Pump

Plaintiffs with claims pending against Ford Motor and General Motors for an allegedly faulty fuel pump that exposes drivers of diesel-engine vehicles to life-threatening safety risks have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a national coordinated multidistrict litigation docket.


Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Will Hear JUUL, Capital One Data Breach Petitions at Sept. Hearing

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will hear several petitions for the establishment of multidistrict litigation dockets at its upcoming September hearing, including ones for coordination of JUUL and Capital One data breach claims.


Plaintiffs Ask JPML to Create MDL Docket for Capital One Data Breach Claims

Plaintiffs with claims pending against Capital One for its recently announced data breach that affected more than 100 million people have asked the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a national coordinated multidistrict litigation docket for the claims.


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