2020 Mid Year Update: Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation Outlook

While many courtrooms across the country were closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several mass torts that continued making significant progress despite the legal hiatus. Two of these were cited in our 2020 forecast: JUUL The JUUL MDL (Northern District of California) has continued to move forward since the end of 2019. … Continue reading “2020 Mid Year Update: Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation Outlook”

Litigation Update: J&J to Discontinue Sales of Baby Powder in North America

Even as the company continues to defend the safety of its flagship product, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced on Tuesday that it would discontinue selling its talc-based baby powder product in the U.S.   Facing tens of thousands of lawsuits from women alleging their ovarian cancer was caused by asbestos contamination of J&J baby powder, … Continue reading “Litigation Update: J&J to Discontinue Sales of Baby Powder in North America”

Litigation Update: California Appeals Court Reinstates Thousands of Risperdal Cases Against Johnson & Johnson

On May 8, the California 2nd District Court of Appeals reinstated thousands of cases pending against drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson involving the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.  The March, 2017 lower court ruling in the Risperdal and Invega Products Liability Cases had granted motions for summary judgment in favor of J&J on preemption grounds in five … Continue reading “Litigation Update: California Appeals Court Reinstates Thousands of Risperdal Cases Against Johnson & Johnson”

Litigation Update: Zantac Leadership Is Selected

On Friday, May 8th, District Judge Robin Rosenberg, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, appointed 26 lawyers to a range of leadership positions to the Zantac MDL which was transferred to Florida last February. Initially, the Judge had created an interim team to handle some special tasks given the Covid-19 … Continue reading “Litigation Update: Zantac Leadership Is Selected”

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