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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 #40, June 2020

Federal MDL Docket Created for Evenflo ‘Big Kid’ Booster Car Seat Actions

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has transferred all Evenflo “Big Kid” booster car seat actions to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings.


Personal Jurisdiction Lacking in Out-Of-State Essure Claims, Ill. High Court Rules

Illinois courts may not exercise specific personal jurisdiction over Bayer Essure personal injury claims filed by out-of-state plaintiffs who did not undergo implantation of the birth control device in Illinois, the state high court has ruled.


Covidien Defendants Seek Creation of MDL Docket for Hernia Mesh Actions

Defendants in actions alleging injuries caused by Covidien hernia mesh products have asked the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation to create a coordinated federal docket for the cases, noting the panel has already established four MDLs for hernia mesh litigation.


Class Action Says Travel Insurer Wrongly Denied Claim for COVID-19 Cancellation

A California man has filed a class action complaint against a travel insurance provider, accusing it of wrongly denying his $7,681 claim after his trip to Deer Valley, Utah, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Carnival, Princess Hit with COVID-19 Class Action in Calif. Federal Court

Sixty-three passengers have filed a class action complaint against Carnival Corp., Carnival plc and Princess Cruise Lines, accusing them of failing to properly disinfect the Grand Princess ship in between voyages during the COVID-19 pandemic and did not screen new passengers for the virus.


Taxotere MDL Judge Slashes Certain Plaintiffs’ Permanent Hair Loss Claims

The judge overseeing the Taxotere multidistrict litigation docket has dismissed the claims of certain plaintiffs who took the drug before Dec. 15, 2006, finding that under Louisiana law, defendants did not have a duty to warn of the risk of alopecia before that date.


Plaintiffs Seek Federal Docket for Bank of America PPP Loan Actions

Small businesses accusing Bank of America of failing to process applications for Paycheck Protection Program loans on a “first come, first serve” basis seek creation of a federal docket for the cases, arguing that the actions all involve common questions of fact.


MDL Docket Sought for COVID-19 Refund Actions Against Ticket Resale Giants

Plaintiffs accusing StubHub, Vivid Seats, and SeatGeek of refusing to issue refunds for events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic have asked the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to create a federal docket for the actions.


Issue #39, May 2020

MDL Docket Sought for Claims Against Lenders for Withholding of PPP Agent Fees

Individuals designated as agents under the Paycheck Protection Program are seeking the creation of a multidistrict litigation docket for what they say are the growing number of claims against lenders, which the plaintiffs argue are wrongfully withholding agent fees.


Plaintiffs Seek Creation of MDL Docket for Modular Profemur Femoral Hip Implant Systems

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has been asked to create a federal docket for cases involving hip devices consisting of a Profemur total hip implant modular femoral neck coupled with a modular titanium Profemur femoral stem.


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