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Multidistrict Litigation

This Time, It’s Personal: TCPA Personal Jurisdiction Ruling Severely Limits Nationwide Class Actions

by Benesch on

It is no secret that there are certain jurisdictions that plaintiffs’ class action attorneys prefer to file suit, most notably, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and New York, to name a few. While plaintiffs’ lawyers may have...more

California Court Tosses New York Claims

New York’s consumer protection law does not protect out-of-state consumers, a California judge has ruled when dismissing claims from the Empire State in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Lenovo Inc....more

Judge Overseeing Opioid Lawsuits Takes Unorthodox Approach

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Ohio Judge Dan A. Polster, who is handling the multi-district opioid litigation proceedings, is taking a very active hand in the management of the proceedings before him, the New York Times reports. His methods are...more

Sorin Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler Bacteria Lawsuits Coordinated in Pennsylvania

On February 1, 2018, lawsuits filed in federal district courts around the country against Sorin Group USA, Inc., Sorin Deutschland GmbH, and LivaNova PLC began the process of being transferred to Harrisbug, Pennsylvania for...more

The Supreme Court’s Current Cases On Jurisdictional Rules, Consolidation, And Plain Error

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

In a term chock-full of blockbuster cases, the three cases featured here won’t make many top 10 lists. But for appellate litigators, these cases are likely to figure much more prominently in their daily practice than cases...more

Off-Label Marketing MDL Winds Down With Some Summary Judgment

by Reed Smith on

We have written extensively on the travesty of the Neurontin trilogy and noted how the plaintiffs’ efforts to fit cases based on alleged off-label promotion of the prescription SSRIs Celexa and Lexapro into the same rubric...more

Only You Can Prevent….

by Reed Smith on

We’ve seen the latest affirmance of largely identical verdicts in a consolidated MDL trial in Campbell v. Boston Scientific Corp., ___ F.3d ___, 2018 WL 732371 (4th Cir. Feb. 6, 2018). We’re not discussing Campbell’s merits...more

Scope of Brain Imaging Patent Dispute Comes into Focus

Judge Stearns recently clarified the scope of an almost five-year-old multi-district patent dispute in the District of Massachusetts. Since early 2013, Judge Stearns has presided over NeuroGrafix’ allegations of patent...more

Supreme Court Ruling Signals Limits on Class Action Forum Shopping

The Supreme Court’s decision last summer in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017), is my pick for “2017 Class Action Practitioners’ Case of the Year”––and it’s not even a class...more

The Lawyer Full Employment Action of 2018

by Reed Smith on

On January 30, 2018, Judge Goodwin entered four case management orders in the Ethicon, Boston Scientific, Bard, and American Medical Systems mesh MDLS. These CMOs establish discovery and briefing deadlines for 13200, 6174,...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 3 - January 2018: Takata's Japanese Bankruptcy Case Survives Public Policy Objection

by Dechert LLP on

As has been widely reported, over the last several years Takata Corporation and its various worldwide subsidiaries (together “Takata”) have been involved in a multitude of governmental investigations, class actions and...more

Breaking News – MDL vs. MDL, FDA §510k Clearance Admissible in IVC Filter MDL

by Reed Smith on

As we demonstrated in a post back in 2013, FDA compliance evidence generally - and the fact of a medical device’s clearance as “substantially equivalent” in safety and effectiveness to a predicate device under §510k of the...more

Judge Dismisses Facebook Web-Tracking MDL

In November 2017, Judge Edward J. Davila dismissed a major multidistrict litigation accusing Facebook of unlawfully tracking users’ browsing activity across websites while they were signed out of their accounts. The...more

Has the Ninth Circuit Overhauled Nationwide Settlement Classes?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this week, in In re Hyundai & Kia Fuel Efficiency Litig., the Ninth Circuit vacated a nationwide class action settlement, ruling that the lower court had abused its discretion by not considering whether the variations...more

High Court Grants Certiorari in Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Friday, January 12, 2018, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of two Vitamin C purchasers in what has become known as In re: Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation. Appellants are seeking to overturn a 2016...more

MDL Litigation: Class and Complex Cases to Watch in 2018

by Carlton Fields on

The Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL Panel” or “Panel”) has transferred 97 putative class actions relating to the Equifax data breach to the Northern District of Georgia, where Equifax is headquartered. Judge...more

The Lows - Mourning the Worst Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2017

by Reed Smith on

The second most successful college basketball coach of all time (in terms of NCAA Division 1 national championships) has said “All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.” ...more

Plaintiff Awarded $27.8 Million in First Xarelto Pennsylvania State Trial

On Tuesday, a jury entered a verdict of $27.8 million against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Bayer AG’s Bayer Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the first state court trial out of the Philadelphia County Court of...more

Still No “Newly Acquired Information,” Eliquis Claims Still Preempted

by Reed Smith on

The defendants in the Eliquis MDL have turned somewhat of a preemption hat trick. The latest order is In re Eliquis (Apixaban) Prods. Liab. Litig., No 17-md-2754 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 29, 2017), where the district court dismissed...more

United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation: November Meeting Overview

The next hearing session of the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is scheduled for November 30, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. Eight matters are set for oral argument to consider motions to transfer each...more

Fall Data Breach Roundup And 2018 Preview: Supreme Court, OPM, Equifax And More!

by Carlton Fields on

As 2017 draws to a close, data breach class actions abound, while questions regarding what suffices for Article III standing in these cases remain—with litigants hoping the Supreme Court will soon weigh in....more

Eleventh Circuit Restores Auto Body Shop Antitrust Case

by Baker Donelson on

On September 7, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed a big victory to a class of auto body shops in Quality Auto Painting v. State Farm, et. al, reversing a lower court decision that had dismissed the auto body shops'...more

Second Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Plaintiffs’ Experts – and Summary Judgment for Defendant – in Mirena MDL

by Reed Smith on

As we write this, our fair city remains in a blissful haze following our Eagles’ 33-10 rout of the 49’ers to go 7-1 in the NFC East, so it might be appropriate to call today’s opinion a “touchdown.” On the other hand, the...more

Emphatic Win for Pre-Service Removal in Eliquis MDL

by Reed Smith on

Recently, in downsizing our elderly father to a smaller residence and cleaning out his house, we came upon a cassette recording of our too-many-decades-ago Bat Mitzvah. We dug an old boom box out of the basement, listened to...more

Product Liability Update: October 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Massachusetts Federal Court In Multi-District Litigation Holds Under Six States’ Laws That Manufacturer Of Brand-Name Pharmaceutical Is Not Liable For Injuries Caused By Generic Equivalents Whose Manufacturers Were Required...more

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