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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

Xarelto’s Approval by the FDA

The controversy over Xarelto’s approval by the FDA and alleged irregularities in the conduct of the ROCKET-AF clinical trial continue to hang over the heads of Bayer and Janssen (a division of Johnson & Johnson), the...more

So Long Zoloft MDL

The Zoloft MDL has finally collapsed. We started to see the writing on the wall in June 2014, when the MDL judge ruled that none of the plaintiffs’ experts could testify that taking Zoloft while pregnant could cause birth...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

Amended Rule 26: Protecting Against Competitively Sensitive Disclosures

Hundreds of billions of business e-mails are sent per day. That number may not come as a shock to many, but once a company is involved in litigation, e-discovery can be quite burdensome. Even the mention of the phrase...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

MDL Decision Debunking the Pendent Jurisdiction Fallacy Post-Bauman

Spring seems to be finally here in the mid-Atlantic region and we could think of nothing better to usher in spring than some personal jurisdiction and procedural wrangling. Every year, we see new cases with multiple...more

Third Circuit Shuts Down “No Injury” Pharma Class Action

Two of our favorite themes in the drug and device world intersected a few weeks ago in the Third Circuit—class actions and “no injury” lawsuits. We don’t see many drug and device class actions these days, which we view as...more

Power Morcellator Cases Transferred to Kansas

Power morcellators are electric surgical devices used to cut tissue has been used in recent years as an alternative to traditional, abdominal surgical hysterectomies, laparotomies and myomectomies. In April 2014, the...more

The Problem with Backup Tapes: District Court Orders Retention of Old Backup Tapes for Ongoing Litigation

In this patent infringement action pending in a multi-district litigation, one of the defendants moved the district court for an order allowing the defendant to destroy old backup tapes. Defendant ICM, Inc. ("ICM") moved for...more

Mentor Case Time Barred

In 2004, North Carolina resident Melanie Cole was implanted with Mentor’s OB Tape, which is a sling device that is used to treat urinary incontinence. Three weeks after the surgery, Ms. Cole visited her surgeon and...more

Sweet Victory: Whole Foods Uses FDA Regulations to Dismiss Complaint in Greek Yogurt MDL

This month, United States District Judge Sam Sparks of the Western District of Texas dismissed a Second Amended Consolidated Complaint in an MDL styled In re: Whole Foods Market, Inc., Greek Yogurt Marketing and Sales...more

Xarelto Litigation — An Update

On February 23, 2016, Judge Fallon held another status conference in the national litigation over Xarelto. There are now over 5,600 individual lawsuits pending in MDL No. 2952, the coordinated federal court proceedings...more

Boston Scientific Prevails in North Carolina Mesh Case

The Uphold Vaginal Support System is a transvaginal mesh product used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (“POP”). Marta Carlson sued Boston Scientific Corporation (“Boston Scientific”), the maker of the Uphold Vaginal Support...more

Lessons from GM Bellwether Selection: Fairness Over Farce

By advancing their argument, plaintiffs exposed what parties have long known — that the ‘bellwether’ process has lost its meaning…. This process results either in resolutions dictated by aberrant cases or, more likely, a...more

Viagra — Melanoma Lawsuits Mounting

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will hold a hearing to consider a request to establish coordinated national litigation against the manufacturers of Viagra. The Judicial Panel is a group of federal judges who...more

SuperValu Latest in Debate over Standing

Last month, a Minnesota federal judge tossed out extensive multidistrict legislation concerning a proposed class action of SuperValu shoppers. Shoppers from Illinois, Minnesota, and Idaho had alleged that the supermarket...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

Disproportionate Discovery, Even in an MDL

Here’s a significant post-rules-amendments discovery decision out of the Xarelto MDL. In In re Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) Products Liability Litigation, 2016 WL 311762 (E.D. La. Jan. 26, 2016), the court (Fallon, J.) cited both...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

Lipitor MDL Judge Dissects Plaintiff’s Expert

Have you ever seen a superbly qualified expert give an opinion that is utterly unsupported? That is what happened last week in In re Lipitor (Hempstead v. Pfizer), No. 2:14-cv-1879, 2015 WL 9165589 (D.S.C. Dec. 11, 2015), and...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2015

This is the 10th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings issued...more

Bookends – Prof. Jewell’s Opinions Also Excluded in Lipitor MDL, and More

April might be the cruelest month according to T.S. Eliot, but the last month hasn’t been very kind to plaintiffs’ expert Nicholas Jewell, Ph.D. As we posted recently, at the beginning of December, Prof. Jewell was booted...more

Another Zoloft Daubert Win: How Many Strikes Before The Plaintiffs Are Out?

Everybody knows that it is three strikes and you are out in baseball. (Bexis and Ken Burns could discuss the history of baseball’s rules on balls and strikes in the nineteenth century, but we will stick with the public...more

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