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Litigation Update: $1.6B Opioid Global Settlement Reached with Drug Manufacturer

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A proposed settlement has been reached with generic drug manufacturer Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, by which the company will pay $1.6 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits it faces in the Cleveland MDL as well as 47 state and U.S. territory attorneys general as part of their role in the rampant opioid crisis. The settlement will put … Continue reading “Litigation Update: $1.6B Opioid Global Settlement Reached with Drug Manufacturer”

Bayer Strives to Settle Lawsuits While Roundup Still on the Market

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Article in the Wall Street Journal — Bayer Strives to End Lawsuits Over Roundup—While Still Selling It, by Laura Kusisto, Ruth Bender, and Jacob Bunge. https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/mass_tort_litigation/2020/02/bayer-strives-to-settle-lawsuits-while-roundup-still-on-the-market.html

Litigation Update: New Jersey Jury Delivers a $186 MM Punitive Damages Verdict Against J&J

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On February 6, Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a New Jersey jury to pay $750 MM in punitive damages to four plaintiffs suffering from mesothelioma as a result of their use of J&J’s asbestos-contaminated baby powder; the parties had previously been awarded $37.3 MM in compensatory damages after a two-month long trial before a … Continue reading “Litigation Update: New Jersey Jury Delivers a $186 MM Punitive Damages Verdict Against J&J”

Litigation Update: Opioid MDL “Negotiation Class”

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On Friday, February 7, arguments were underway in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals as drug distributors and municipalities sought to overturn a federal district judge’s certification of a ”negotiation class” tasked with achieving a global settlement between the pharmaceutical companies and the 30,000 cities and counties in the United States affected by the widespread … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Opioid MDL “Negotiation Class””

FDA Public Hearings Held on Asbestos Testing for Talc Products and Cosmetics

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On February 4, for the first time in almost fifty years, the FDA held a hearing examining the standards used for testing talc-containing products for asbestos and other potentially harmful contaminants. In response to recent reports that asbestos had been found in several talc-containing products, including a bottle of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, the … Continue reading “FDA Public Hearings Held on Asbestos Testing for Talc Products and Cosmetics”

Litigation Upate: Zantac Lawsuits Head to Southern Florida

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On February 6th, the JPML released an order that will send over 140 lawsuits involving injuries caused by the heartburn medication Zantac to the Southern District of Florida. The judge assigned to preside over the consolidated cases, The Honorable Robin L. Rosenberg, will have the opportunity to oversee her first MDL. Although other districts such … Continue reading “Litigation Upate: Zantac Lawsuits Head to Southern Florida”

The Potential Hazard of “Forever Chemicals”

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A recent study done by The Environmental Working Group (EWG) on the drinking water supplies of dozens of U.S. cities reveals that PFAS (as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances are more commonly known) are far more prevalent than previously believed. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” because of the way they can accumulate and remain inside … Continue reading “The Potential Hazard of “Forever Chemicals””

Litigation Update: Roundup Trials Postponed

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Settlement talks between the parties are ongoing as a judge in California excused 16 jurors on Friday, January 31. In an effort to avoid derailing ongoing discussions, the parties agreed to the last minute continuance in the hopes an agreement could be reached to resolve the over 42,000 pending claims that allege Monsanto’s popular weed … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Roundup Trials Postponed”

Bard Hernia Mesh Cases Leading the Charge to Settlements in Hernia Mesh Litigations

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The primary Bard Hernia Mesh state litigation, pending in Rhode Island state court under Judge Gibney, is now set to begin its first bellwether trials that will focus on claims involving the Ventralex patch product, and proceed to trials involving the Composix E/X product. Not to be outdone, and though only designated in August 2018, … Continue reading “Bard Hernia Mesh Cases Leading the Charge to Settlements in Hernia Mesh Litigations”

Litigation Update: Roundup Settlement Talks

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Settlement talks in the Roundup litigation have not yet yielded a resolution, prompting the judges in lawsuits pending in California and Missouri to forge ahead. In St. Louis last week, before opening statements were set to begin, jurors were told that the case involving four plaintiffs had been postponed indefinitely as Bayer AG and the … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Roundup Settlement Talks”

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