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Issue #9, September 2002

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Federal Judge Denies Certification of Class Seeking Medical Monitoring and Restitution

A federal judge denied certification of a proposed class of individuals who seek compensatory and punitive damages as result of their ingestion of Rezulin and a subclass of asymptomatic Rezulin users who seek the establishment of a medical monitoring pro


Judge Denies Class Certification for Plaintiffs Asserting Economic Injury Claims

Plaintiffs involved in six separate PPA products liability cases were denied class certification for the establishment of two nationwide subclasses designed for consumers asserting economic injury claims, a federal judge ruled.


Plaintiffs Claim Manufacturer's Did Not Provide Scientific Evidence to Justify Motion for Reconsideration

Attorneys for the plaintiffs involved in a class action against the manufacturers of Paxil argue that GlaxoSmithKline's motion for reconsideration is not justified because it does not contain any new scientific evidence from the FDA that proves the drug i


Judge Denies Motion to Administratively Close and Stay Individual Baycol Cases

A plaintiffs' motion to administratively close and stay individual federal Baycol cases pending final resolution of consolidated pretrial proceedings was denied by a federal judge who ruled that the plaintiffs failed to prove that the case would be subje


Appeals Court Says Lower Court Abused Discretion in Dismissing Wrongful Death Case

A lower court's decision to grant a defendants' motion to dismiss on grounds of forum non conveniens was overturned when the Pa. Superior Court ruled that the court incorrectly assumed the issues of the plaintiff's wrongful death case.


State Judge Grants Class Certification to Individuals Who Suffered Oxycontin Addiction and Withdrawal

A lawsuit filed on behalf of Ohio residents who suffered from addiction and withdrawal symptoms associated with the prescription painkiller Oxycontin has been granted class certification by a state judge.


Federal Judge Decides Trovan Class Action Would Be Better Litigated in Nigeria

A putative class action filed by the parents and guardians of children who were allegedly injured as the result Pfizer's experimental administration of Trovan is better suited for litigation in Nigeria, a federal judge ruled.


Meridia Manufacturer States Louisiana Clinic is Fraudulently Joined, Files Notice of Removal

The manufacturers of the weight loss drug Meridia filed a notice to remove a products liability case to federal court claiming that a Louisiana health clinic was fraudulently joined to defeat diversity jurisdiction.


Florida Class Action Claims Metabolife Failed to Warn Consumers and Physicians of Health Hazards

Three Florida women filed a statewide class action against Metabolife International, Inc., claiming that the supplement manufacturer failed to adequately warn consumers and physicians regarding the potential health hazards associated with Metabolife 356.


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