Multidistrict Litigation

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Taxotere Multidistrict Litigation Transferred

In 1996, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved Taxotere “for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer after failure of prior chemotherapy.” However, women claim that Sanofi-...more

Pharmaceutical Product Liability Class Action Filed Relating to Olmetec Drug

Earlier this month a proposed class action was filed in Montreal by the Consumer Law Group alleging that Merck, Shering-Plough and Daiichi Sankyo (the Defendants) provided inadequate warnings about the drugs Olmetec and...more

Plaintiffs Withdraw Motion to Centralize Essure Birth Control Litigation

Essure birth control is a medical device designed to provide permanent sterilization. Since 2002, about 750,000 women worldwide have undergone Essure sterilization procedures. Although the device has been marketed as a...more

4 Steps to Setting Up Bellwether Trial Victories: Stock, Screen, Steer and Substitute

Upon creation of multidistrict litigation involving a drug or medical device, companies may contemplate the dreaded “S-Word” —“settlement.” While an early settlement program can sometimes serve as in-house counsel’s best...more

Another Modest Proposal (This Time, About Discovery)

Bexis recently attended the “Emerging Issues in Mass-Tort MDLs Conference” sponsored by Duke Law School (those of us from Philly remember Duke as part of “Black Saturday” back in 1979). Several panels discussed various...more

Misjoinder and Forum Shopping by the Government

We sometimes start our posts with disclaimers about how we do not know all the details of a case, perhaps supplemented by a little digging on the internet, or that we are not experts in some substantive area. We start this...more

Gone For Good: Federal Court Denies Arbitration Opportunity

A recent decision from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida is a reminder that if a litigant intends to enforce its contractual arbitration provision, the issue must be raised at an early...more

Your Stipulated Protective Order May Not Provide As Much Protection As You Expect

In a growing number of courts, a negotiated protective order entered for discovery purposes will not protect litigants’ confidential information from public disclosure. Stipulated protective orders are commonly used...more

An Emerging Structure of ADR in Mass Torts and MDLs

The official statistics provided by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in recent years count Products Liability as nearly one quarter of all pending multidistrict litigations (MDLs), making it the largest category...more

Another Champion for Proportionality in Discovery

For the second time within a month, an MDL court has rejected wide-ranging and potentially abusive discovery on the basis that the requests were out of proportion to the needs of the case. This is a welcome development. We...more

District Court Adopts “Weak” Test of Ascertainability, Certifies Class of Corn Producers in Suit Against Syngenta over...

A District Court in Kansas added to an increasing debate in the federal courts over class ascertainability when it certified a class of 440,000 U.S. corn producers in a suit against Swiss global agribusiness Syngenta AG...more

Viagra — Developments in Litigation

There have been some very recent developments in the national litigation regarding the erectile dysfunction (ED) drug Viagra and the allegation that its use increases a patient’s risk of developing melanoma. Judge Seeborg,...more

Rules Amendments Mean That Proportionality Limits Even MDL Discovery

We’ve blogged several times over the past couple years about the 2015 amendments to the federal rules as they pertain to discovery, including electronic discovery. Earlier this year, after the amendments had been in effect...more

Guest Post – With No General Causation Experts, Denture Cream Plaintiffs Drop Like Leaves In Autumn

Today we have a guest post from Reed Smith‘s Jaclyn Setili, about one of our pet peeves – MDL plaintiffs (and their counsel) who think they don’t have to do any work at all on their cases, and simply show up come settlement...more

GM Settles Pair of Ignition-Switch Cases, Faces Thousands More in Massive MDL

Plaintiffs in two separate federal bellwether cases against General Motors (GM) have won their claims against the automobile manufacturer and its faulty ignition switches. The settlements involve two women who were seriously...more

Put Up or Pay Up: Mentor Obtape MDL Judge Promises Sanctions to Plaintiff Attorneys Filing Meritless Cases

We spend the vast bulk of our professional life working in the context of MDLs. We know the drill: plaintiff lawyers file hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of cases. At some point, the cream rises to the top in...more

MDL Judges: Information-Forcing or Settlement Forcing?

An article forthcoming in the California Law Review has been posted on SSRN and is worth reading: Bradt & Rave, “The Information-Forcing Role of the Judge in Multidistrict Litigation.” The authors describe how MDL...more

New Jersey Judge Tosses Ovarian Cancer Talc Cases Based on “Narrow and Shallow” Testimony of Plaintiffs’ Experts

A New Jersey judge has dismissed two lawsuits where plaintiffs alleged that talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer. The cases were consolidated in Atlantic County before Judge Nelson C. Johnson as part of New Jersey’s...more

MDL Court Says “You Don’t Belong Here” to Plaintiff “Added by Amendment”

This weekend, the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber hosted a sleepover to say goodbye to her friends as she headed back to college. Somehow, between our last survey of heads on pillows and the convergence on the breakfast...more

California Supreme Court Invites Suits against Defendants Doing Any Business in California

In a hotly contested 4-3 decision, the California Supreme Court in Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. The Superior Court of San Francisco County, 2016 WL 4506107 greatly expanded the concept of specific jurisdiction to allow a...more

Should MDL Judges Act More Like Class Action Judges?

Class actions are not the only form of aggregate litigation. Multi-district litigation (“MDL”), the process by which large numbers of smaller lawsuits are consolidated before a single judge for pretrial purposes, without...more

[Webinar] Developments in the LIBOR antitrust MDL case - August 23rd, 12:30pm CST

You’re invited to join Stacey Slaughter (Partner) and Geoffrey Kozen (Associate), members of the Robins Kaplan LLP Business and Litigation group for a live webinar. Stacey and Geoffrey will provide and track basic information...more

Guest Post – Benicar MDL Court: An Unconventional, but Relatively Simple, Remand Decision

This is a guest post, by Jaimee Farrer, an associate at Reed Smith. We’re always looking for new twists that can help in efforts to remove cases to federal court, and the case Jaimee describes does that, relying on an MDL...more

Summary Judgment for All Pending Cases in The Mirena MDL

We often lament, in our curmudgeonly way, that plaintiffs in obviously lacking cases get chance after chance to keep going, all the while imposing costs and risks on the defendants and a burdens on court dockets. Plaintiffs...more

Ruling Highlights Importance of Attacking Punitive Damages When Seeking Summary Judgment

Earlier this month, a federal judge denied two multidistrict litigation (MDL) defendants’ bid to dismiss punitive damages in a pelvic mesh suit because they did “not present any arguments” specific to punitive damages,...more

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