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James Humann

IVC FILTER UPDATE: Second Bard IVC Bellwether Case Moves Forward as MDL Judge Narrows the Issues for Trial

Currently, there are thousands of personal injury cases pending against Bard in the MDL and the first bellwether trial, Sherr-Una Booker v. C.R. Bard, Inc., et al., will soon be in the hands of an Arizona jury. Recently, District Judge David G. Campbell issued a ruling on Bard’s summary judgment motion that will define the issues for the second bellwether trial which is currently scheduled to begin on May 15, 2018.

James Humann

Complications Associated with Bard’s Recovery IVC Filter May be Introduced in Upcoming Trial Concerning Bard’s G2 IVC Filter

On March 1, 2018, the Court ruled that evidence of the Bard Recovery IVC filter problems may be introduced during the first bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation 2641 (MDL 2641). The Court stated that it would be difficult to try the Booker case without evidence of the Recovery filter and the problems it encountered. Accordingly, Bard’s motion to exclude the evidence was denied and reported problems with the Bard Recovery filter will be fair play in the Booker trial next week.

James Humann

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

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

COOK IVC FILTER UPDATE: Court Issues Third Amended Bellwether Trial Plan

With the recent $417 million dollar jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson in the California suit alleging the company’s talc-based baby powder causes ovarian cancer, many in the legal community will be closely watching the Cook IVC bellwether trials which […]

James Humann

MASS TORT UPDATE: $300 MILLION BENICAR SETTLEMENT

On August 1, 2017, the Daiichi Sankyo Company announced it has agreed to a $300 Million settlement related to its olmesartan product, Benicar. The manufacturer/defendant, Daiichi Sankyo, is a global pharmaceutical company with origins in Japan.  While agreeing to a […]