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 #9, August 2017
Judge Richard W. Story has issued an order setting in place the counsel organizational structure of the multidistrict litigation docket that now serves as the epicenter for all federal lawsuits over injuries allegedly caused by Ethicon’s hernia mesh product, Physiomesh.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has chosen a judge in New Jersey to preside over all federal lawsuits alleging kidney-related injury caused by several popular heartburn drugs known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI).
Issue #8, July 2017
The judge overseeing the Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing multidistrict litigation docket has appointed Jasper D. Ward IV of Jones Ward and Genevieve Zimmerman of Meshbesher & Spence as plaintiffs’ lead counsel.
The judge overseeing the Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head multidistrict litigation docket has revised the leadership structure for plaintiffs’ counsel appointing Peter J. Flowers of Meyers & Flowers and Walter Kelley of Kelley Bernheim & Dolinsky as co-lead counsel.
Lawsuits filed by nine New York Counties alleging that drug makers have, for years, misrepresented the dangers of prescription opioids will be transferred to a single state court justice in Suffolk County, according to an order issued July 18.
Issue #7, June 2017
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has granted plaintiffs’ request to create a consolidated docket for federal lawsuits alleging injury caused by the synthetic hernia repair product Physiomesh.
Plaintiffs alleging injuries caused by several popular heartburn drugs have renewed their effort to transfer all similar cases to a single federal judge, arguing that the number of claims has ballooned since a federal judicial panel refused to create a centralized docket for the litigation earlier this year.
Issue #6, May 2017
A Georgia woman alleges in a new federal lawsuit that defective, leaking Mentor saline breast implants caused her to develop bio-toxin disease and mold infection.
In an action brought against a railroad under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, the U.S. Supreme Court held that due process bars a state court from exercising general personal jurisdiction over a defendant that is not “at home” in the forum state.
A Florida woman who claims she developed liver tumors after prolonged use of the Seasonale and Seasonique has sued the manufacturer of the oral contraceptives, claiming the company failed to warn of a significant risk of tumors associated with the drugs.