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First Steps Commence in Invokana Litigation

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In mid-January, the first steps in the Invokana multidistrict litigation (MDL) began. U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti, who is presiding over the MDL in the District of New Jersey, announced 1) the pending appointment of a special mediator to deal with discovery issues and settlement possibilities and 2) a “science... Read more »

Filing Streamlined in Abilify Gambling Addiction Claims

The U.S. District Judge in charge of the pretrial proceedings for the gambling addiction claims against the drug Abilify has issued procedures aimed at streamlining the process. Under these procedures, new cases will enter the multidistrict litigation (MDL) if plaintiffs file a Short Form Complaint. The Short Form Complaint incorporates... Read more »

Studies Cast Doubt on Testosterone Therapy Benefits

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Testosterone supplementation for older men has become big business for companies like Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie as they have marketed their testosterone products to the general population. Unfortunately, the benefits touted by these manufacturers may be overstated, new studies are finding. In fact, the risks associated with testosterone therapy might... Read more »

Taxotere Lawsuits Centralized under Multidistrict Litigation

Earlier in October, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued a consolidation order for Taxotere lawsuits filed in federal courts around the country. The claims will now proceed in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) against defendant Sanofi-Aventis. The ruling affects at least 33 cases that had been pending in 16 different U.S.... Read more »

Claimant Seeks Class Action Status for Talc Lawsuit

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A plaintiff who recently filed a talcum powder lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson involving their talc-based products has also laid grounds for the possibility of a class action to be formed. The plaintiff in this case states that the hundreds and possibly thousands of women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer as... Read more »

Early Trials Selected for Growing Androgel Lawsuits

Eight Androgel lawsuits have been selected out of around 5,500 cases currently pending to serve as bellwether trials in the coordinated litigation. The bellwether trials are carefully selected to provide insight into how juries might respond to evidence and testimony in future trials. These early trials also can serve as... Read more »