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Hernia Mesh Litigation Moves Forward as MDL Court Establishes Case Selection Timeline and Bellwether Date for Ethicon Physiomesh

Hernia Mesh Litigation Moves Forward as MDL Court Establishes Pretrial Timeline and Bellwether Date for Ethicon Physiomesh. After years of battling transvaginal mesh lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon finds itself at the forefront of the expanding litigation over defective hernia mesh products.

James Humann

COOK IVC FILTER UPDATE: MDL Court Denies Cook’s Motion to Sever and Orders Remand of Blood Clot Filter Cases to State Court Based on the Forum Defendant Rule

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Indiana ordered remand for several Cook IVC filter cases that had been improperly removed to the multidistrict litigation (MDL 2570) from their respective state courts in South Dakota, Texas, and California.

The central question decided by District Judge Richard L. Young was whether medical malpractice claims against in-state implanting physicians should be severed from the product liability claims against the manufacturer.

James Humann

MASS TORT UPDATE: Court Issues Pretrial Order in Bard Blood Clot Filter Litigation

According to the Order issued in Multidistrict Litigation 2641 (MDL 2641) the first BARD IVC Filter bellwether case – Sherr-Una Booker v. C. R. Bard Incorporated and Bard Peripheral Vascular Incorporated (2:16-cv-00474) – is set to begin trial on March 14, 2018.

James Humann

MASS TORT UPDATE: Surgical Infection Injuries and Heater-Cooler Devices Used During Cardiac Surgery

Patients who underwent open-chest surgery and subsequently suffered from serious bacterial infections are filing lawsuits against LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH), the manufacturer responsible for the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System. New studies indicate that the Stockert 3T devices were likely contaminated during the manufacturing process with the rare bacteria called Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera).

James Humann

MDL UPDATE: Xarelto Bellwether Trials Set to Begin This Spring

On January 30, 2017, Judge Eldon E. Fallon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana issued Case Management Order No. 2D which reset the start dates for the first four Bellwether trials. These four cases were […]