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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 #12, November 2017

N.J. High Court Asked to Classify Abilify Compulsive Behavior Cases as Multi-County Litigation

The parties in 42 pending Abilify compulsive behavior cases have asked a New Jersey state court to classify the actions as a multi-county litigation for centralized management, arguing that the litigation involves common, recurrent issues of law and fact.


"The Reports of the Death of Federal Multi-State Class Actions Have Been Greatly Exaggerated"

Martin P. Schrama and Stefanie Colella-Walsh of Stark & Stark discuss recent decisions involving federal multi-state class actions in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's personal jurisdiction ruling in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court.


Bristol-Myers Squibb Does Not Apply to Class Actions, La. Federal Judge Rules

A Louisiana federal judge has refused to dismiss a Chinese drywall class action, ruling that the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California does not divest the court of personal jurisdiction over the non-resident defendants because the precedent set by the high court does not apply to class actions.


Defendants Seek Consolidated MDL Docket for Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler Device Cases

Companies accused in numerous federal lawsuits of failing to warn that their warming device poses a risk of infection during surgery have asked a federal judicial panel to transfer all of the cases to South Carolina for pre-trial coordination.


Issue #11, October 2017

MDL Petition Filed for Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Onglyza and Kobiglyze

Plaintiffs who allege they suffered heart failure after taking Onglyza and Kombiglyze (Saxagliptin) have filed a motion with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, requesting that a centralized docket be established in California for all federal lawsuits involving the Type 2 diabetes drugs.


Issue #10, September 2017

Plaintiffs Ask Federal Panel to Establish Consolidated Docket for National Opioid Litigation

HarrisMartin is reporting that plaintiffs in a majority of opioid lawsuits filed nationwide have petitioned a federal judicial panel to have the cases consolidated before a single federal judge in either Ohio or Illinois.


Plaintiffs Seek Expedited Hearing in Boston on Request to Consolidate Equifax Data Breach Lawsuits

Plaintiffs in two of the dozens of lawsuits filed recently over a data breach reported by Equifax Inc. have asked a federal judicial panel to have similar cases from around the country transferred to a judge in Georgia.


Issue #9, August 2017

Class Action Blames Oral Surgeon’s Hearing Loss on Noisy Dental Drill

An oral surgeon has filed a class action lawsuit in Florida, alleging that a bone drill used by dental professionals nationwide can cause permanent hearing loss.


Ruptured Breast Implants Led to Missouri Woman’s Connective Tissue Disease, Suit Says

A Missouri woman has sued Allergan and Nusil Technology, claiming that they are to blame for her ruptured breast implants that leaked silicone into surrounding tissue, causing her to experience multiple sclerosis-type symptoms and other complications.


New Class Actions Target Weyerhaeuser Formaldehyde-Coated Lumber

Several class actions have been filed recently in several states by plaintiffs who claim that their residences have been rendered uninhabitable by toxic gases that are being emitted from formaldehyde-coated lumber joists used to build their homes.


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