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.



Issue #32, October 2019

Several School Districts Take Aim at JUUL for ‘Addicting a Generation of Youth to Nicotine’

Several school districts across the country have filed complaints against JUUL Labs Inc., accusing the company of marketing e-cigarettes to minors and causing a “youth vaping epidemic.”

MDL Docket Created for Hard Disk Drive Suspension Assembly Antitrust Cases

A federal panel has created a multidistrict litigation docket for actions accusing certain manufacturers of conspiring to fix, raise, maintain, or stabilize the price of hard disk drive suspension assemblies sold in the United States and abroad.

Philadelphia Jury Awards $8 Billion in Punitive Damages Against Janssen at Conclusion of Risperdal Case

A Philadelphia jury has awarded plaintiffs a total of $8 billion in punitive damages at the conclusion of a Risperdal case against Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., sources confirmed to HarrisMartin Publishing.

JPML Creates Federal Docket for Fairlife Milk Animal Cruelty Actions

A federal panel has transferred all Fairlife milk products actions to an Illinois federal court for coordinated pretrial proceedings, agreeing with the parties that the actions involve common questions of fact arising from allegations of animal cruelty.

JPML Denies Efforts to Reestablish Camp Lejeune Water Contamination MDL Docket

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has denied efforts to create a second Camp Lejeune water contamination multidistrict litigation docket, finding that voluntary coordination amongst the parties and involved courts is preferable to centralization.

National Coordinated MDL Docket Created for Capital One Data Breach Cases

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has created a national coordinated multidistrict litigation docket for claims filed against Capital One in connection with a data breach that affected more than 100 million people.

General Counsel from 45 National Companies Seek Amendments to MDL Procedures, Cite ‘Basic Lack of Fairness’

In a letter recently sent to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, the general counsel for 45 major companies –– including Johnson & Johnson, ExxonMobil, and Microsoft Corp. –– have urged the Civil Rules Advisory Committee to review procedures used in multi-district litigation proceedings, citing a “point of crisis.”

Federal, State Governments Decline to Intervene in Qui Tam Lawsuit Targeting Allergan's Glaucoma Drug

The federal government and state regulators have declined to intervene in a False Claims Act lawsuit accusing Allergan of marketing Lumigan without sufficient warnings that the glaucoma drug can cause sunken eyes.

N.Y. Appellate Court Blocks State’s Enforcement of Ban on Vaping Products

A New York appellate court has granted a national trade association’s request to block state officials from enforcing a ban on flavored vape products one day before it was scheduled to take effect.

Plaintiffs Seek MDL Docket for Allergan Biocell Textured Breast Implant Suits

Plaintiffs in cases targeting Allergan’s Biocell textured breast implants have asked a federal panel to centralize all related actions for pretrial proceedings, arguing that the litigation potentially involves thousands of women who have symptoms of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

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