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2nd Circuit Speaks: LIBOR Plaintiffs May Pursue Claims

On May 23, 2016, the Second Circuit issued a long-awaited decision in the In re: LIBOR-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation, vacating the District Court’s (Buchwald, J.) prior decision dismissing one case in this...more

Trimming Some Fat From Statin Litigation With Daubert and Preemption

In the mythical days of product liability yore, a big drug litigation was spurred by a notable event—like a study describing a new risk appearing in a major journal, a significant labeling change because of new or greater...more

Surviving Settlement Provisions in Joint Defense Agreements

Anyone who watches Survivor or Game of Thrones knows that alliances are critical. And while they may be necessary to endure from one day to the next, alliances are inevitably broken. Co-defendants in antitrust cases...more

Zofran MDL Jurisdictional Analysis Bounces Non-Missouri Plaintiffs

Over the years we have completed many written evaluations of young associates, and the first category on the form has almost always been "Legal Analysis." That primacy makes sense. If a lawyer does not understand the legal...more

Lawsuits over Viagra Melanoma Risk Mounting

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heard arguments at a hearing on March 31, 2016, about the need for national coordination of Viagra claims. Pfizer, the manufacturer of Viagra, did not oppose this request by the...more

Defendants Secure Rare Summary Judgment in Zoloft MDL

In an unusual turn of events, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe recently granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to over 300 cases in the Zoloft MDL. These cases were consolidated in 2012 and involved allegations...more

Bellwether Trials: What Manufacturers Can Learn from the GM Ignition Claim MDL

As product liability multidistrict litigation becomes more prevalent, it is important for manufacturers to understand how the bellwether trial process works and how to use it to their advantage. The ongoing bellwether trials...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

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

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