Mass Tort Litigation

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Knee Implant MDL Judge Enters Aggressive Lone Pine Order

We love Lone Pine orders. First of all, we love the name. Makes us think of a cowboy eating beans under a scraggly tree. On the prairie. Listening to Dolly Parton. We also love Dolly Parton, whom we saw in concert last week...more

D. Mass. (!) Refuses to Certify Celexa/Lexapro RICO Class Action

Is there a more misused statute than RICO? Or one that more convincingly shows the weakness of the textualist position, which wads up any evidence of legislative intent and tosses it into the trash bin? RICO was clearly...more

Frivolous Retaliatory Lawsuit Could Set Ominous Precedent in Mass Torts

In the world of mass torts, there is no shortage of scheme or artifice plaintiffs’ counsel will use to try to avoid the removal of lawsuits to federal court. However, it would be unreasonable and unjustified for a defendant,...more

Gutsy Gatekeeping: Plaintiffs’ Experts Excluded in Lipitor MDL

This week, as Drug and Device Law Jews, we are preparing for Passover, which, like most Jewish holidays, begins with a multi-generational dinner at the home of the Drug and Device Law Bubbie (our mother). Although we of the...more

Breaking News – No General Jurisdiction by Consent in Delaware

From our prior personal jurisdiction posts concerning Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), and the plaintiff-side dodge of “general jurisdiction by consent,” regular blog readers were aware that one of the few...more

Investing in Law Suits – Just Another Offering Fraud Says SEC

The lure of big profits from the settlement of large personal injury law suits was the hook used by a lawyer and his partner to attract investors to Prometheus Law. The thought of all those dollars — virtually riskless...more

Pinnacle Bellwether Trial Verdict

There have been a number of noteworthy developments in the national litigation efforts against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson over its failed Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants. There are currently more than 8,000 individual...more

New Jersey Mesh Summary Judgment Hat Trick

We’re pleased to report that good things continue to happen in Atlantic County product liability proceedings following recent judicial turnover. On February 19, 2016, the Reed Smith Bard/Davol defense team scored a hat trick...more

Drug and Medical Device Product Liability + Globalization = Potential Costly International Mass Tort Litigation

Q: How can a drug and medical device company recognize when it may face a global issue? David Ferrera: Not every litigation presents the potential for an international mass tort. A drug or medical device company may have a...more

Good Things Sometimes Come in Big Packages: Mirena Daubert Rulings Favor the Defense -- Big Time

We spend a large portion of our professional life preparing motions to exclude the testimony of plaintiffs’ experts in mass tort litigation. Our pleasure in reading today’s decision is no doubt a function of the frequent...more

Court Decision Makes it Easier for Plaintiffs to Pursue Claims Against Companies in Indiana

On March 2, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court struck down Section 2 of the Indiana Product Liability Act and held that its statute of repose “does not apply to cases involving protracted exposure to an inherently dangerous...more

Mass Torts Made Perfectly Convivial - the Sequel

A little over four years ago we reported on our visit to the Mass Torts Made Perfect conference in Philadelphia. MTMP is a plaintiff lawyer organization. Every year it conducts a conference in Las Vegas, where plaintiff...more

Lead in Drinking Water: Insurance Coverage Issues

The tragic water crisis in Flint, Michigan raises grave concerns as to the lurking hazards posed by our nation’s aging infrastructure. There are an estimated six million lead service lines in operation in the United States. ...more

Breaking News - Bauman Trumps Jurisdiction By Consent in Second Circuit – and New Post-Bauman Cheat Sheet on General Personal...

It has been a little over two years since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Bauman v. AG Daimler, and, from our perspective, its impact has been significant, even earth shaking (no pun intended, and we have a San...more

New Jersey Federal Judge Says It’s Not So Easy to Preserve Confidentiality of Discovery Documents

Today’s case is about a second chance. We are talking about the dismal topic of document confidentiality. Many -- definitely too many -- documents are produced in mass tort litigations. Almost all those documents are...more

Breaking News – Learned Intermediary Mandates Dismissal of 31 of 32 New Jersey Accutane Plaintiffs

The demise of the New Jersey Accutane litigation under the new mass tort judge continues apace. Today 31 more Accutane cases were dismissed for failure to establish warning causation under the learned intermediary rule. ...more

Attorneys Must Become Scientists to Defend Against Bad Science

It’s true that science and law are systems intended to discover truth, the two don’t always work well together. Too often, in fact, subpar science can corrupt the judicial system, where it’s a lot easier to posit shaky...more

"Mass Tort and Consumer Class Action Outlook: Opportunities and Challenges"

In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down several decisions addressing overbroad or “no-injury” class actions, and a number of important issues are percolating in the lower courts as well. Below are some issues...more

Wright Medical 2015 Wrap Up

At this time, pending in the federal court MDL proceedings in Georgia and 700 cases pending in the California state court consolidated proceedings. There are also more than 800 individual cases pending on a tolling agreement...more

Whose Choice Is It Anyway? Split Decisions Over Choice of Law and The Impact On Your Defense Strategy

Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a unit of Johnson & Johnson, has been embroiled in a mass tort MDL in Philadelphia for its anti-psychotic drug, Risperdal, for almost a year now. So far in 2015, the juries have split – two in...more

The Risks of Plaintiff Lawyer DTC Advertising

We have been riding the Philly subway for years, but only recently realized how much the ads on the car walls have changed. Not so long ago there were lots of ads for vocational schools, inducing today's un- or underemployed...more

Never Say Never to Lone Pine Orders

After our last two posts, we received emails blasting us for being insensitive to the plight of injured plaintiffs. That struck us as unfair, given that the posts pertained to the technical issues of choice of law and choice...more

Pinnacle Hip Implant Lawsuit Update – September 2015

Brenda Fulmer and Cal Warriner, the partners who lead Searcy Denney’s Mass Tort Unit, recently filed four additional individual lawsuits on behalf of patients who were injured by Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants....more

Judge Presiding over Risperdal Litigation Issues Decision on Choice of Law

Last week, the coordinating judge for the Risperdal mass tort litigation released an opinion explaining why punitive damages claims are barred in the nearly 1,500 cases consolidated in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. ...more

Philly Court Applies Michigan Law to Dismiss Risperdal Cases

Delve into the crime stories of Elmore Leonard, whether in the form of the books, movies, or television shows, and you are likely to spend considerable time in Michigan and Florida. True, Justified was set in Kentucky. But...more

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