Drugs & Medical Devices

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Issue #5, May 2002

Not All of Plaintiffs' Ephedra Claims 'Subsumed' Within Liability Doctrine, U.S. District Court Rules

A federal court in Alabama has found that not all of the plaintiffs' claims in a case stemming from the consumption of Metabolife 356 may be subsumed under the Alabama Extended Manufacturer's Liability Doctrine (AEMLD).

Pharmacy That Sold OxyContin Was Fraudulently Joined, Federal Judge Rules

A federal judge in West Virginia has refused to remand an OxyContin class action based on his finding that a pharmacy was fraudulently joined to the complaint after being added two weeks after the original was filed.

District Judge Denies Plaintiffs' Motion to Remand OxyContin Case to State Court

A federal judge has found that the possibility of attorney's fees and punitive damages coupled with the plaintiffs' claims for damages in an OxyContin case exceeded the statutory minimum necessary to remand the case to state court...

Alaska Judge Grants Remittitur of $13 Million Ephedra Award

A state court judge in Alaska has reduced the first-ever verdict awarded to a plaintiff allegedly injured by an ephedra-containing product

New Jersey Court Rejects Propulsid Plaintiffs' Nationwide Class Action Bid

A state judge in New Jersey has turned back a bid to certify a class of plaintiffs in the state's Propulsid litigation saying the putative members lack the predominance and demonstrated loss necessary to proceed as a group

Lawsuit Against Drug Co., Brake Shop Alleges Asbestos and SV40 Virus-laced Vaccine Caused Tumor

A California man has sued a vaccine manufacturer and two auto shops that sold him asbestos-laden brake parts claiming both are to blame for causing his almost-always-fatal form of cancer

Widow Sues Pharmacy, Drug Manufacturers for Husband's Fatal PPA-Induced Stroke

The widow of a man who died in May 2000 after taking the weight loss product Dexatrim filed suit April 25 against the manufacturers of the product and the pharmacy where it was purchased

Redhibition Claims Against Pharmacy Enough to Defeat Diversity Jurisdiction in PPA Cases, Judges Rules

Federal judges in Louisiana have agreed to remand lawsuits filed by two plaintiffs after finding that a defendant pharmacy named in the complaints was a good faith seller of the product that allegedly caused the plaintiffs' PPA-related injuries

Actos, Avandia Labels To Warn of Congestive Heart Failure

Manufacturers of the diabetes drugs Actos and Avandia have changed warnings that accompany prescriptions in order to indicate that taking the drugs may lead to congestive heart failure

Northwestern Names Supplement Maker in Third-Party Complaint over Football Star's Death

Attorneys for Northwestern University filed a third-party complaint against the manufacturers of three dietary supplement products claiming they caused football player Rashidi Wheeler to suffer a fatal asthma attack during conditioning drills late last su

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