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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

Cymbalta MDL Rejected Yet Again

A couple of weeks ago we discussed the latest entry in the "the saga of Cymbalta plaintiff lawyers who keep pushing the litigation up a hill in an effort to create a class action, mass action, MDL, or whatever will allow them...more

Lack of Warning Causation Dooms Aredia-Zometa Case

Warning: You have heard all this before. Still reading? Okay. But please don't tell us later that our warning was inadequate and that you would have clicked over to Scotus or Grantland or TMZ if we had been more...more

Three Strikes and Out of Court for Breast Implant Opt-Out

Over the weekend, we watched one of our favorite “chick flicks,” a holiday-themed montage entitled “Love, Actually.” One of our favorite characters, played by the ever-brilliant Bill Nighy, is an over-the-hill former pop...more

September 2015: Product Liability Litigation Update

Ninth Circuit Restricts Scope of CAFA’s “Local Single Event” Exception. In Allen v. Boeing Co., 784 F.3d 625 (9th Cir. 2015), the Ninth Circuit recently held that a case did not fall within the Class Action Fairness Act’s...more

New Urgent Question: Does Your Website Accommodate Disabled Users?

Your business, school or enterprise has an obligation under the law to accommodate handicapped people in accessing your facilities. As more business moves to the Web, the U.S. Justice Department is increasingly finding that...more

Corporate Insurance Trends 2015

Over the last 12 months, the insurance industry has seen speculation with respect to litigation funding regulation, resolutions of large class actions and consolidation in the form of acquisitions in the industry. There has...more

Legal Precedent May Come From Ashley Madison Breach

The Ashley Madison saga has captured the attention of the public and legal profession like few prior data security breaches. The reasons are obvious: A website devoted to promoting infidelity is called out for “fraud, deceit,...more

More CAFA “Mass Action” Gamesmanship In The Ninth Circuit

Permitted gamesmanship versus prohibited conduct. That is the dichotomy that one district judge adopted to describe the transparent forum manipulation that some plaintiffs undertake under CAFA. To be honest, neither...more

West Virginia Federal Court Finds Personal Jurisdiction Over Out-of-State Parent Company in Elk River Spill

In a ruling that could broaden parent company exposure to suit in West Virginia, the Southern District of West Virginia found that it had personal jurisdiction over the out-of-state parent company of an in-state water company...more

GlaxoSmithKline Files Motion To Consolidate Zofran Litigation In Philadelphia

Zofran was developed to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy. However, doctors prescribed it for the treatment of morning sickness in pregnant women. GlaxoSmithKline is the world’s seventh largest...more

Check-Out Time at the Hotel California?

We love our home state of California, but we have long bemoaned the widespread practice of what we call litigation tourism. That is where unrelated plaintiffs, sometimes thousands of them, from all corners of the U.S. join...more

Breaking News – Post-2002 NJ Accutane Labels Adequate As A Matter Of Law

This just in – after many years of litigation, the post April 10, 2002 warnings on Accutane were determined to be adequate as a matter of law by the New Jersey judge tasked with overseeing this mass tort....more

Insurance Review (Australia) - February 2015

In This Issue: - REGULATORY: - The Financial System Inquiry - Insurance Reform In The UK - CYBER: - Top Five Privacy And Cyber Predictions, Trends And Issues Impacting Insurers In 2015 And...more

2014 SCOTUS Term: Important Developments in the Class-Action Arena

In This Issue: - Those Who Provide Investment Advice on Unsecured Securities Are Subject to Class Actions - A “Mass Action” Under the Class Action Fairness Act Requires at Least 100 Individual...more

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