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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 #3, February 2017

Judicial Panel Rejects Bid to Create MDL Docket for Popular Heartburn Drugs

Noting that several considerations “fatally undercut the case for centralization,” the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation denied a petition to consolidate federal lawsuits alleging that proton pump inhibitors (PPI) cause kidney disease.


Smith & Nephew Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Cases May be Headed for MDL

Plaintiffs have moved to establish a consolidated docket for more than 30 federal lawsuits alleging injury caused by a metal-on-metal hip implant system manufactured by Smith & Nephew.


Issue #2, January 2017

South Carolina MDL Sought for Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System Infection Cases

A petition has been filed seeking to establish a centralized MDL docket for more than a dozen pending lawsuits by heart surgery patients who claim they developed serious post-surgical infections caused by bacteria dispersed from the Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System.


Plaintiffs File Petition for Creation of LFIT V40 Femoral Head MDL Docket

Plaintiffs have asked the JPML to create a multidistrict litigation docket for claims relating to Stryker’s recalled LFIT V40 femoral head, saying that transfer and consolidation for pre-trial proceedings will “promote the just and efficient conduct of these actions.”


Issue #001, December 2016

Plaintiffs Seek Consolidation of 100-Plus Mirena ‘Pseudotumor Cerebri’ Intracranial Injury Lawsuits

A petition was filed late Thursday urging the Judicial Panel on Mutlidistrict Litigation (JPML) to create a centralized docket for more than 100 lawsuits filed by women who claim they developed intracranial hypertension as a result of their use of Bayer’s Mirena birth control device.


Federal Lawsuit Blames Heartburn Drug Dexilant for Kentucky Woman’s Kidney Disease

A Kentucky woman has sued Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. in Illinois federal court, claiming that the company’s heartburn drug Dexilant is to blame for her development of chronic kidney disease.


C-Qur Hernia Mesh Cases Sent to MDL in New Hampshire

Nearly two dozen federal lawsuits alleging injuries caused by Atrium Medical Corp.’s C-Qur hernia mesh product have been sent to a judge in New Hampshire for coordinated pretrial proceedings.


JPML Establishes Coordinated Docket in New Jersey for Invokana Kidney Damage Claims

More than 50 federal lawsuits alleging kidney damage and other injuries caused by the diabetes drug Invokana have been transferred to a judge in New Jersey for coordinated pretrial proceedings.


Plaintiffs Seek MDL Centralization of Class Actions Over Firmware That Disabled HP Printers

Plaintiffs in one of four pending nationwide class actions accusing HP Inc. of using software updates to disable HP printers that utilized competitors’ ink cartridges have moved to consolidate the cases in California.


Pfizer Opposes Proton Pump Inhibitor MDL, Says 60-Plus Defendants Could be Involved

Pfizer Inc. is the latest defendant in the Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) personal injury litigation to oppose a recent motion by plaintiffs to create a multidistrict litigation docket in Louisiana for all similar cases filed in federal court.


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