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Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Master Settlement Reached In Tylenol Liver Injury Cases; Terms Are Undisclosed

PHILADELPHIA - The McNeil Consumer Healthcare division of Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay a confidential amount to settle more than 200 Tylenol liver injury lawsuits, according to two documents filed Feb. 10 in the Tylenol multidistrict litigation court (In Re: Tylenol [Acetaminophen] Marketing...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - 4th Circuit Asked To Rehear Whether 510(k) Evidence Belongs In Pelvic Mesh Trial

RICHMOND, Va. - Ethicon Inc. and parent company Johnson & Johnson on Feb. 9 petitioned the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to grant an en banc rehearing on the issue whether any evidence about Food and Drug Administration dealings with 510(k)-cleared medical devices is admissible in a product...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Theranos Dismissal Motion Mooted By Filing Of Amended Class Action Complaint

PHOENIX - An Arizona federal judge on Feb. 10 dismissed as moot a motion to dismiss a RICO class action complaint against Theranos Inc. after the parties agreed to the filing of an amended, consolidated class complaint (In Re: Arizona Theranos, Inc., Litigation, No. 16-2138, D. Ariz.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - 10th Circuit Rejects Claim That Excessive Force In Search Caused Man's Suicide

DENVER - The federal government's use of at least 22 armed agents wearing bullet-proof vests to search for illegally taken Native American artifacts at the house of a Utah doctor who killed himself the day after the search does not constitute excessive force, the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Texas Appeals Panel Reverses Summary Judgment In Wrongful Death Suit

HOUSTON - A Texas appellate panel on Feb. 14 found that a trial court erred by denying summary judgment to a hospital accused of failing prevent a patient, who was later killed by a train, from escaping because under Texas law, the hospital was immune from the suit and not subject to a waiver of immunity...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Illinois Federal Judge Won't Exclude Expert In Case About Bone-Lengthening Device

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Feb. 15 denied a motion by an orthopedic device manufacturer to exclude the testimony of a plaintiff expert about an alleged flaw in the device (Timothy Bellas v. Orthofix, Inc., No. 14-9623, N.D. Ill., Eastern Div., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21166).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - West Virginia Court Rules Zoloft Heart Defect Cases Need Labeling Expert

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A West Virginia state judicial panel on Feb. 15 granted summary judgment to Pfizer Inc. in two Zoloft heart defect cases, ruling that the plaintiffs require expert testimony to establish failure to warn and that they cannot rely on record evidence or even the defendants' own witnesses...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Motion For LFIT Hip MDL To Be Heard March 30; Defendant Opposes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) on Feb. 14 scheduled arguments about whether federal lawsuits involving the Stryker Orthopaedics LFIT V40 femoral head hip device should be centralized (In Re: Stryker Orthopaedics LFIT V40 Femoral Head Products Liability Litigation...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - California Appeals Panel Reverses Summary Judgment In Premises Liability Suit

LOS ANGELES - A California appellate panel on Feb. 14 found that there are triable issues of material fact in a case in which a woman who was injured falling down the stairs of her apartment building alleged that the steps were made in a dangerous condition, reversing summary judgment that was granted...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - New Jersey Appeals Panel Says Plaintiff Can Sue For Most Recent Recall Of Wipes

TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey appeals court on Feb. 16 said a plaintiff who claims that he was infected by recalled medical wipes missed the state statute of limitations for one lot but not the second (Kenneth Nicolosi, et al. v. Smith and Nephew, Inc., et al., No. 1-1108-15T2, N.J. Super., App. Div....

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Jury Awards $3.95 Million To Survivors Of Fatal Truck Crash

OCALA, Fla. - A Florida jury on Feb. 17 awarded a man and his daughter a total of $3.95 million in compensatory damages for the loss of two family members who were killed when a truck driver collided with their car, which had been disabled after being hit by a drunken driver; however, the jury found...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Appeals Court Orders New Trial After Judge Overseeing Defects Case Retires

PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania appeals panel on Feb. 17 ordered a new trial on liability and damages in a construction defects case after learning that the judge who presided over the suit had retired and that no other judge could prepare a supplemental opinion explaining his rulings (Leo J. Dolan v....

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Alabama Supreme Court Reverses Summary Judgment In Medical Malpractice Suit

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Supreme Court on Feb. 17 reversed summary judgment in favor of a chiropractor and the clinic he owns after finding that a woman who claimed that she got blisters after being treated did not need to present an expert witness to determine whether the chiropractor breached...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Sorin Opposes MDL For Cases For Blood Temperature Device; Hearing March 30

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The manufacturer of a surgical blood temperature device on Feb. 17 opposed centralization of 15 federal lawsuits alleging intraoperative infections because there are too few cases and too few common issues of fact (In Re: Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System Products Liability Litigation...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - 6th Circuit Backs Trial Court Preemption Ruling In Depakote Birth Defect Case

CINCINNATI - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 21 affirmed a preemption ruling in a Depakote birth defect case and said the trial judge did not err in limiting plaintiff experts' testimony or failing to give the jury her proposed instructions about warnings (Pamela Rheinfrank, et al...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Couple Cannot Pursue Personal Injury Claims From Spray Foam Fumes, Judge Rules

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A federal judge in Connecticut on Feb. 17 held that a couple could pursue claims that allegedly improper installation of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation in their home resulted in property damage requiring remediation but that they failed to provide causation evidence to show...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Boston Scientific Settles With 1 Plaintiff In $26.74M Pelvic Mesh Bellwether Trial

ATLANTA - One of four plaintiffs who won a $26.74 million pelvic mesh verdict against Boston Scientific Corp. has settled with the defendant, defense counsel told the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 21 (Amal Eghnayem, et al. v. Boston Scientific Corporation, No. 16-11818-H, 11th Cir.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - New York Appellate Panel Upholds Order Denying Judgment To Doctor, Hospital

NEW YORK - In a divided opinion, a New York appellate panel on Feb. 21 affirmed a trial court order denying motions for summary judgment filed by a doctor and a hospital in a medical malpractice suit because summary judgment is not proper when two sets of experts have differing opinions (Marino Servino...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - U.S. Supreme Court Won't Hear Avandia Common Benefit Fee Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 21 denied review of a circuit court ruling that a plaintiffs law firm is obligated to pay a 7 percent common benefit fee from the settlement of its state court multiplaintiff lawsuit to attorneys who ran a federal multidistrict litigation (Law Offices...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - 9th Circuit Stays Cymbalta Class Withdrawal Appeal Pending Supreme Court Case

SAN FRANCISCO - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 21 stayed an appeal in a Cymbalta withdrawal class action pending a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case with a similar issue (Melissa Strafford, et al. v. Eli Lilly and Company, No. 15-56808, 9th Cir.).

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Judge Dismisses Proposed Class Action Suit Over Faulty Air Conditioning Coils

AUGUSTA, Ga. - A federal judge in Georgia on Feb. 22 dismissed without prejudice a proposed class action suit accusing Daikin Industries Ltd. (DIL), Daikin Applied Americas Inc. (DAA) and Daikin North Americas LLC (DNA) of making and selling air conditioning units with faulty evaporator coils, ruling...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - 6 Claims Survive In Whole Or In Part In 5 Federal Cases Involving Essure Device

PHILADELPHIA - All or parts of six claims involving the Essure birth control device on Feb. 21 survived dismissal the second time around while defendant Bayer Corp. picked up dismissals of other counts or parts of them (Helen McLaughlin v. Bayer Corporation, et al., No. 14-7315, Ruth Ruble v. Bayer Corporation...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Federal Murder Trial In NECC Fungal Meningitis Trial Passes 1-Month Mark

BOSTON - The federal murder trial of the former president and chief pharmacist of the New England Compounding Center (NECC) on Feb. 21 passed its 30th day of testimony on Nov. 21 with the government presenting its 33rd witness (United States of America v. Barry J. Cadden, et al., No. 14-10363, D. Mass...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Louisiana Appeals Court: Family's Claims Perempted By New Home Warranty Act

BATON ROUGE, La. - A Louisiana appeals panel on Feb. 17 affirmed rulings awarding summary judgment to a home builder and its insurer, finding that a family's allegations that defective workmanship caused a fire that destroyed the home were perempted by the New Home Warranty Act (NHWA) (James E. Shields...

Mealey's PI/Product Liability - Georgia Jury Awards $45.8 Million To Plaintiff In Medical Malpractice Suit

ATLANTA - A Georgia jury on Feb. 22 awarded $45.8 million to a woman and her family after finding that two doctors and the hospital where she gave birth were responsible for her brain damage, which left her completely disabled (Keith Traube v. Atlanta Women's Specialist, et al., No. 14-EV-001821...