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.



Issue #19, June 2018

Texas High Court Appoints Judge Peeples to Oversee MDL Docket for Opioid Lawsuits

The Texas Supreme Court has appointed Judge David Peeples of the Bexar County District Court to oversee a multidistrict litigation docket for lawsuits filed by 18 Texas counties alleging they were damaged by the improper marketing and distribution of prescription opioids.

Plaintiffs Seek MDL Docket for Cases Involving Zimmer M/L Taper and Kinectiv Stems with VerSys Heads

Three plaintiffs are seeking creation of a federal MDL docket for all cases arising out of the Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis and Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis with Kinectiv Technology when paired with the Zimmer VerSys Hip System Femoral Head, arguing that the 22 existing cases involve the same defendants based upon the same legal theories and facts.

Facebook Personal Data Class Actions Sent to California for Pre-trial MDL Proceedings

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has agreed to transfer to a single judge in California more than two dozen lawsuits filed against Facebook for its alleged failure to adequately safeguard the personal information of those who use the social media platform.

JPML Taps Southern District of Florida for MONAT Hair Care Products MDL

A judge in the U.S. District of Southern Florida has been assigned to preside over all pending and future lawsuits filed against the maker of hair care products that were advertised as promoting stability and growth, but instead allegedly caused consumers to lose their hair.

Judges Reject Bid to Consolidate Coverage Suits Filed in Wake of Hurricanes Irma, Matthew and Hermine

A federal judicial panel rejected an attempt by plaintiffs to create a centralized docket for disputes over insurance-related hurricane filed in the two years since several catastrophic storms struck Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Issue #17, April 2018

Merck Asks Federal Panel to Transfer, Consolidate Zostavax Shingles Vaccine Lawsuits

Merck & Co. Inc. is seeking consolidation of nearly five dozen pending suits accusing the drug maker of failing to warn that its vaccine, marketed for the prevention of shingles, ended up causing the condition in some who received the shot.

Coordinated Docket Sought for Federal C.R. Bard, Davol Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Plaintiffs in more than 50 federal lawsuits alleging injuries caused by hernia mesh products manufactured by C.R. Bard Inc. and subsidiary Davol Inc. have petitioned a federal judicial panel seeking creation of a nationwide coordinated docket for the cases.

MDL for Apple iPhone Performance Class Actions Established in California

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has established a centralized docket in California for all federal lawsuits accusing Apple Inc. of releasing an iPhone update in early 2017 that reduced the performance and battery life of older devices.

Hurricane Flood Plaintiffs in Florida, U.S. Islands Seek Coordinated MDL for Coverage Lawsuits

Plaintiffs who have brought federal lawsuits as a result of damage caused by the 2016 and 2017 hurricane seasons have filed a petition seeking consolidation of all similar claims pending in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Issue #16, March 2018

California Lawsuit Says Colorado Woman’s Silicone Breast Implants Caused Rare Lymphoma

A Colorado woman has sued the manufacturer of her allegedly defective breast implants after she was diagnosed with a rare type of lymphoma she says is linked to the silicone-based products.

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