Drugs & Medical Devices

Get ready for the next wave of pharmaceutical litigation with HarrisMartin's Drugs & Medical Devices. This reporter will keep you one step ahead of drug and medical device litigation with in-depth investigations, guest commentaries and objective courtroom coverage on today's and tomorrow's hottest drugs and supplements.



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J&J, Ethicon Agree to Pay $117 Million to Resolve States' Transvaginal Mesh Claims

Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon Inc. have agreed to pay nearly $117 million to 41 states and the District of Columbia to settle allegations that they touted the benefits of their transvaginal surgical mesh devices while concealing the risks.

12 BHR Hip MDL Lawsuits Dismissed as Time Barred Under Calif. Law

A Maryland federal judge has dismissed 12 Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing cases as time-barred under California law, finding that each plaintiff was aware of a potential cause of action, thereby triggering the state’s two-year limitations period.

Ill. Federal Judge Strike’s Plaintiff’s Expert Report in Atrium Hernia Mesh Case

An Illinois federal magistrate judge has struck a plaintiff’s expert report in an Atrium Medical polypropylene hernia mesh action, explaining that it failed to contribute any new perspective rebutting the defense expert’s opinions.

9th Cir. Upholds Award of Summary Judgment to Allergan in Silicone Breast Implant Case

A federal appellate panel has upheld an award of summary judgment to Allergan Inc. in a silicone breast implant case, finding the plaintiff failed to show that the company violated federal law in its manufacture of the products.

St. Jude Waived Dismissal Arguments in Spinal Stimulator Case, Del. Federal Judge Rules

A Delaware federal judge has refused to dismiss a negligent manufacturing claim asserted in a second amended complaint in a St. Jude spinal cord stimulator case, ruling that the defendant waived its argument supporting dismissal by failing to raise it in response to the first amended complaint.

Calif. DePuy Pinnacle Hip Case Stayed Pending Possible Transfer to MDL Docket

A California federal judge has stayed a DePuy Pinnacle hip action pending the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation’s determination on whether to transfer the case to the MDL docket, ruling that a stay “would advance judicial economy.”

11th Cir. Upholds $2.4 Million Judgment in Mentor Transvaginal Mesh Action

A federal appellate court has upheld a $2.4 million judgment issued in a case involving Mentor’s ObTape Transobturator polypropylene mesh sling, ruling that the trial court did not err in allowing the presentation of certain expert testimony to the jury.

Trial Begins in Bellwether Rex Option IVC Filter Action in Philadelphia

Opening arguments have begun in the first bellwether trial in the Philadelphia inferior vena cava filter mass tort, with plaintiffs’ counsel contending that defendants Rex Medical and Argon Medical Devices knew or should have known that their device was defective and unreasonably dangerous.

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.

Ohio Federal Judge Dismisses Mentor Saline Breast Implant Case

An Ohio federal judge has dismissed a case involving Mentor’s saline breast implants, ruling that the plaintiff’s failure-to-warn and manufacturing defect claims are preempted because they do not allege that the devices’ labeling deviated from FDA-approved warnings.

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