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 #17, April 2018
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Plaintiffs in one of more than a dozen lawsuits filed nationwide against Facebook for allegedly allowing unauthorized access to users’ personal information prior to the 2016 presidential election have asked a federal panel to transfer the cases to a single federal judge in California.
A motion has been filed seeking multidistrict coordination of several class actions filed against the maker of hair care products that allegedly cause consumers to lose their hair. Plaintiffs in two of the pending actions filed the motion March 22, asking the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a consolidated docket in either Oklahoma or Texas for pre-trial proceedings in all pending and future lawsuits claiming injuries caused by MONAT Hair Care Products.
The leadership structure jointly proposed by plaintiff and defense counsel in dozens of lawsuits filed against California utility PG&E for damage caused by the North Bay wildfires has been adopted by the judge overseeing the litigation.
A motion has been filed seeking MDL coordination of two class actions filed on behalf of broiler chicken farmers who claim that companies such as Perdue and Tyson’s have engaged in a conspiracy to fix grower compensation below competitive levels.
Issue #15, February 2018
Aetna Inc. and its affiliates have been sued in California federal court following recent revelations that the insurer is under investigation for improperly denying claims for treatment that it said were not medically necessary.