Toyota MDL To Be Located In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) announced April 9 that Toyota litigation cases should be sent to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for consolidated pretrial proceedings. The panel selected Judge James V. Selna to preside over...

JPMDL Hearing Set For Arguments On Where To Send Oil Spill Cases

ATLANTA - The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) will hold a hearing July 28 in Boise, Idaho, to hear arguments on where to transfer the more than 140 cases related to the BP Gulf oil spill that have been filed in federal and state courts, a plaintiff attorney said Thursday at HB Litigation...

Panelist: 'Interesting, Creative' Insurance Battles Over Gulf Oil Spill Loom

ATLANTA - The Gulf of Mexico oil spill could result in some "interesting and creative lawyering" in the insurance arena, an attorney on a four-member panel said June 25 on the last day of HB Litigation Conferences ' Oil in the Gulf: Litigation & Insurance Coverage Conference here. ...

JPMDL Asked To Consolidate Oil Spill Lawsuits

BOISE, Idaho — (AP) A federal judicial panel wrestled Thursday with perceptions of bias and conflict among both judges and geography in figuring out where to consolidate more than 300 lawsuits filed against BP PLC and other companies in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Some of the 23 attorneys...

New Orleans Judge To Handle Most Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuits

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) A federal judge in New Orleans was picked Tuesday to preside over more than 300 lawsuits filed against BP PLC and other companies over the Gulf oil spill, in a move that should please many of the plaintiffs' lawyers and their clients. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation's...

Oil Spill Injury, Economic Damages Cases Consolidated In Louisiana Federal Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) decided Aug. 10 to consolidate hundreds of personal injury and economic damages claims related to the BP PLC Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ( In re: Oil...

New Orleans Gets Oil Spill MDL; MDL Panel Transfers 77 Suits To Judge Barbier

Courtesy of HB Litigation Conference's Oil Spill Litigation & Insurance Coverage Report New Orleans as been selected as the site of the oil spill litigation, according to an order issued Aug. 10, 2010, by the Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which transferred 77 lawsuits to the U.S. District...

Parties Debate Consolidation Of ERISA/Securities Actions Against BP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Several plaintiffs in ERISA class actions pending against BP have told the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation that consolidation with securities claims and transfer of their cases to the Southern District of Texas is inappropriate (MDL 2189). In August, the Judicial Panel...

Judge Appoints BP Oil Plaintiffs' Steering, Executive Committees

MIAMI - U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier of the Eastern District of Louisiana on Oct. 8 issued a pretrial order appointing 15 lawyers to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) of the BP oil spill multidistrict litigation. More than 100 trial attorneys from across the United States applied...

Settlement Reached With Supplier Of Tainted Chinese Drywall Products

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) Attorneys involved in MDL 2047 announced April 26 that a settlement agreement has been reached between the plaintiffs and a local supplier of tainted Chinese drywall ( In re: Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation , No. 2:09md02047, E.D. La.). The...

Zoloft Birth Defects MDL Created, Assigned To Eastern District Of Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) More than 92 federal lawsuits alleging birth defects caused by the antidepressant Zoloft and its generic version sertraline were centralized April 17 before Judge Cynthia M. Rufe in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by the Judicial Panel...

Federal Judge Issues Order Approving 5 Defective Drywall Settlements

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over the massive Chinese-manufactured defective drywall litigation issued an order Feb. 7 approving five class action settlements with manufacturers, builders, suppliers and installers of Chinese drywall and their various insurers...

Merck To Settle Suits Alleging Jaw Damage From Osteoporosis Drug

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — (Mealey's) Merck & Co. Inc. has agreed to pay $27.7 million to resolve product liability suits alleging that its osteoporosis drug Fosamax caused osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), or bone death, according to a press release the company issued Dec. 9 ( In Re: Fosamax...

NCAA, Student-Athletes Reach Settlement In Head-Injury Class Action

CHICAGO — (Mealey’s) The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and student-athletes claiming head injuries suffered in intercollegiate play reached a $75 million settlement of their federal class action suit July 29 ( In re National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete...

Entire Nexium MDL Closed After Expert Excluded; Defense Awarded Costs

LOS ANGELES — (Mealey’s) The California federal judge overseeing the Nexium bone injury multidistrict litigation on Oct. 8 entered judgment in favor of manufacturer defendant AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP and related entities and against all plaintiffs and ordered that the defendants “shall...

Jury Awards $26.7 Million To 4 Women In Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh MDL Trial

MIAMI — (Mealey’s) A federal jury in Florida on Nov. 13 awarded four women a total of $26.7 million in a multidistrict litigation trial involving Boston Scientific Corp.’s Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit pelvic mesh repair device ( Amal Eghnayem, et al. v. Boston Scientific Corporation...