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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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9,838 Cases Pending on DePuy Pinnacle Hip MDL Docket, Filing Says

As of Jan. 7, there are 9,838 product liability cases pending on the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation docket pending in Dallas, according to a recent filing.


Trial Begins in Fla. Federal Ethicon Pelvic Mesh Action

Trial has begun in a case in which a Florida woman alleges her implantation of an Ethicon Artisyn pelvic polypropylene mesh device caused her to suffer substantial injuries.


Guardians of Opioid-Addicted Children Ask MDL Judge for Class Certification

Guardians of children diagnosed with opioid withdrawal syndrome have asked the judge overseeing the national opioid multidistrict litigation docket to certify a class in order to provide medical monitoring and surveillance “necessary to address and understand the effects of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).”


Wash. Attorney General Sues J&J, Janssen Over Opioid Crisis

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has sued Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, accusing them of perpetuating the opioid epidemic by touting the potent painkillers as non-addictive and effective for treating chronic pain.


Actavis Inc. Denied Summary Judgment in Bellwether Testosterone Replacement Therapy Case

An Illinois federal judge has refused to dismiss a bellwether testosterone replacement therapy case against Actavis Inc., finding the claims are not preempted because there is no clear evidence that the FDA would have rejected enhanced warnings regarding cardiovascular events.


Hotel Chains Oppose Efforts to Create Sex Trafficking MDL Docket, Say Cases Too ‘Individualized’

A number of hotel chains have filed opposition briefs contesting efforts to create a multidistrict litigation docket for sex trafficking claims, maintaining that the cases are “highly particularized” and “lack sufficient common questions of fact.”


Counsel for Breast Implant Plaintiffs Writes Letter to MDL Judge, Details Initial Efforts on Case Management

Counsel for plaintiffs with breast implant claims pending against Allergan have written a letter to the judge assigned to oversee the newly created multidistrict litigation docket outlining initial efforts on the organization and case management of the class actions and individual cases.


17 Fla. Aesculap Knee Replacement Cases Remanded for Lack of Diversity

A Florida federal judge has remanded 17 knee replacement actions filed against Aesculap Implant Systems LLC, ruling that two non-diverse sales representative defendants were not fraudulently joined because it is possible that they were part of the devices’ distributive chain.


Pelvic Mesh Plaintiffs Barred from Suing Previously Dismissed Defendant

Plaintiffs cannot sue a defendant that had been previously dismissed from the case with prejudice unless the order is changed by the judge or vacated by an appellate court, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled in two Ethicon pelvic mesh cases.


N.J. High Court Centralizes HealthPlus Surgery Center Lawsuits

The New Jersey Supreme Court has created a docket for cases alleging that the HealthPlus Surgery Center’s poor sterilization of instruments exposed nearly 3,800 patients to HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B during medical procedures.


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