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 #21, September 2018
Tyco Fire Products and Chemguard have moved for transfer and consolidation of all federal lawsuits alleging injury and environmental contamination caused by PFOS- and PFOA-containing foams.
Counsel representing the families of infants born addicted to opioids have asked the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a separate coordinated docket for pending and future class actions brought against makers of the drugs.
Issue #20, August 2018
A federal panel has established a coordinated docket for 53 lawsuits involving polypropylene hernia mesh products manufactured by C.R. Bard Inc. and subsidiary Davol Inc., finding the cases involve common questions of fact.
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has granted Merck & Co. Inc.’s request to create a federal docket for lawsuits accusing it of failing to warn that its Zostavax vaccine, marketed for the prevention of shingles, caused the same condition in some who received the shot.
Plaintiffs asserting claims relating to the retention of toxic gadolinium in their organs, bones, and tissues have filed a petition seeking the creation of a multidistrict litigation docket, arguing that the number of Linear Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent cases “will likely be in the hundreds or more due to the widespread use of Linear GBCAs in MRI and MRA procedures.”
Issue #19, June 2018
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.
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.
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.