By Christina Grube Last week, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) released their final rulings relating to cases heard during their March 30th hearing in Tucson, Arizona. The panel created two MDLs and added actions to multiple pre-existing dockets including AFFF MDL 2873, Zantac MDL 2924, and TikTok consumer privacy MDL 2948. Matters for Oral … [Read more...] about JPML creates two new MDLs; breakdown of latest hearing
By Christina Grube (MASS TORT NEWS) Yesterday, California Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo denied a motion to dismiss all plaintiff experts in the California Zantac JCCP (In Re: Ranitidine Product Cases, JCCP No. 5150), allowing the first Zantac bellwether trial to proceed this July. Judge Grillo denied the defendant GSK’s (formerly GlaxoSmithKline) motion to exclude … [Read more...] about California Judge strikes down GSK motion; first Zantac trial to proceed
By Christina Grube (MASS TORT NEWS) More than a month after receiving consolidation by the JPML, many expect presiding Judge William C. Griesbach to announce leadership assignments for MDL 3064, IN RE: Harley-Davidson Aftermarket Parts Marketing, Sales Practices and Antitrust Litigation, in the coming weeks. The JPML transferred plaintiff claims against Harley to the U.S. … [Read more...] about Leadership assignments in Harley Davidson MDL 3064 coming soon?
By Christina Grube (MASS TORT NEWS) Thirty-one corporate defense lawyers wrote to the U.S. Courts MDL Subcommittee on Rules of Practice and Procedure in support of proposed changes in MDL law governing “unexamined claims” by plaintiffs earlier in litigation. The undersigned attorneys represent defendants Bayer, Exxon, General Motors, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, 3M, and … [Read more...] about Corporate Lawyers Endorse Change to MDL Law; Brent Wisner, Ari Kresch Comment
Caroline Lannon, NAAG Program Counsel This February, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a cert petition by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) in its appeal of a California Court of Appeals decision upholding $302 million in civil penalties for their “active, willful measures . . . to suppress information and conceal serious risk and complication information” regarding their … [Read more...] about California Attorney General’s Victory in Mesh Case Becomes Final, says National Association of Attorney Generals
Jayne Conroy talks on PFAS cases involving firefighting gear, not foam By Christina Grube, MTN Correspondent (MASS TORT NEWS) The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) announced their retention of three law firms for litigation regarding the presence of PFAS in firefighter gear, leading many to wonder if another PFAS tort could be on the horizon. General … [Read more...] about Could another PFAS MDL be on the horizon?
"It’s pretty similar to the opioid litigation" - Jayne Conroy, Plaintiff Steering Committee (Feb. 1, 2023) By Christina Grube, MTN Correspondent (MASS TORT NEWS) Plaintiff leaders in MDL 3047 directly accuse social media giants of intentionally targeting children with addictive algorithms to increase profits in the recently released Master Complaint. The 287 page … [Read more...] about Plaintiff Leadership Blames Social Media for “mental health crisis” in Master Complaint
By Christina Grube (MASS TORT NEWS) The JPML held their first 2023 hearing on January 26 at the Southern District of Florida Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Miami, FL. Five of the eight cases with designated oral arguments have received centralization, creating five new MDLs. Full rundown on all JPML decisions below: Decisions with Oral Arguments: MDL No. … [Read more...] about JPML Breakdown: All Rulings Made at First 2023 Hearing
By Christina Grube This morning, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit dismissed a bankruptcy petition by Johnson & Johnson, forcing the company’s subsidiary, LTL Management, to continue litigating lawsuits filed by plaintiffs alleging the company’s talcum powder causes cancer and other serious health issues. The ruling reverses a previous … [Read more...] about Federal Court Dismisses J&J Texas Two-step Bankruptcy Petition; Full Judgment Included
The National Trial Lawyers (NTL) kick off their 12th annual summit this week at the Loews Hotel in Miami from January 23 through 26. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) will also hold their first 2023 hearing this week in Miami, with summit officials describing the shared venue as a coincidence. The 2023 Trial Lawyers summit touts 128 speakers covering a … [Read more...] about Trial Lawyers Summit Shares Miami with JPML