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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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Nev. Man to Appeal Award of Summary Judgment to DePuy in Synthes Locking System Case

A Nevada man is appealing a federal court’s award of summary judgment to DePuy Synthes Sales Inc. in a lawsuit targeting its Synthes Locking System.


Fla. Woman Says Contaminated Zantac Caused Breast Cancer

A Florida woman has sued Sanofi-Aventis in federal court, alleging her long-term ingestion of the heartburn drug Zantac (ranitidine) caused her breast cancer because it was contaminated with a probable human carcinogen.


Strict Products Liability Claim Proceeds in Ill. Federal Hip Case

An Illinois federal judge has refused to dismiss a strict products liability claim asserted in a Smith & Nephew hip case, ruling that the plaintiff adequately alleged the faulty condition of her device caused her injuries.


New Lawsuit Says Contaminated Zantac Caused Rare Cancer

A Florida man has sued the maker of Zantac in Florida state court, alleging it concealed the fact that its acid reflux drug Zantac (ranitidine) contained “incredibly high levels” of a probable human carcinogen.


Issue #142, September 2019

FDA Says Zantac, Other Ranitidine Drugs, Contain Probable Carcinogen

The Food and Drug Administration says it has learned that some ranitidine drugs, including Zantac, contain low levels of a probable human carcinogen, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA)


Personal Injury, Product Liability Claims to Proceed in Ethicon Hernia Patch Case

A New Jersey federal judge has allowed personal injury and product liability claims to proceed against Ethicon in a hernia repair patch case, ruling that it is not clear at this stage in the litigation whether they are time-barred.


Conn. Judge Upholds Compensatory Damages Award in Pradaxa Bleeding Action

A Connecticut state court judge has upheld a jury award of $542,645.45 in compensatory damages to a New York man who suffered gastrointestinal bleeding after taking Boehringer Ingelheim’s blood-thinning drug Pradaxa to treat his atrial fibrillation.


Statute of Repose Bars Biomet M2A-38 Hip Lawsuit, Ind. Federal Judge Rules

The statute of repose bars a lawsuit targeting Biomet’s M2A-38 hip replacement device because the plaintiff failed to present evidence that the statute was tolled by the company’s fraudulent concealment, an Indiana federal judge has ruled.


Calif. Federal Mentor MemoryGel Lawsuit Dismissed on Preemption Grounds

Claims filed against Mentor Worldwide LLC in connection with its silicone breast implants are preempted because the plaintiffs failed to specify what federal regulation the company violated in its development of the implant, a California federal judge has ruled.


Ky. Federal Judge Remands DePuy Knee Replacement Action on Basis of Non-Diversity

A Kentucky federal judge has remanded a DePuy knee replacement action, ruling that a nondiverse hospital defendant was not improperly joined because the causation and apportionment of fault for the alleged injuries implicate common questions of fact and law as to all defendants.


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