JPML Hears Physiomesh Centralization Motion

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML” or “The Panel”) is a body of seven federal district judges who manage multidistrict litigation, meeting on a bimonthly basis to consider requests to establish MDLs. The Panel has the authority to determine whether civil actions pending in two or more federal judicial districts should be transferred … Continued

Xarelto Litigation – Bellwether Update

Searcy Denney Mass Tort Unit attorneys Brenda Fulmer and Cal Warriner have filed three more lawsuits on behalf of Florida and North Carolina residents who suffered bleeding in their brains and GI tracts following use of Xarelto. The dozens of individual personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed by Searcy Denney pharmaceutical lawyers over the … Continued

Class I Recall Issued Against Manufacturer of Prelude Short Sheath

The Prelude Short Sheath is a medical device used to guide catheters into the body to treat kidney disease, thrombosis and other conditions that require access to arteries and veins. It has recently been recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said Merit Medical’s Prelude Short Sheath could cause serious injuries or death … Continued

Hundreds of Cialis and Viagra Melanoma Lawsuits Filed

In April of 2016, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation determined that coordination of federal court lawsuits involving men who developed melanoma after taking Viagra was appropriate. MDL No. 2691, styled In Re:  Viagra (Sildenafil Citrate) Products Liability Litigation Viagra, was then established before Judge Seeborg, a federal court judge, in the Northern District of … Continued

Failing Fluoroquinolones – FDA Requires Manufacturers of Potentially Dangerous Antibiotics To Update Drug Labels

First, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication warning consumers about the dangerous side effects of a type of antibiotic known as fluoroquinolones. Aneurysms. Arrhythmia. Inflammation and pain to the joints, muscles and tendons. Permanent damage to the central-nervous system. Type 2 diabetes. All from the little pills intended to clear … Continued

Baby Powder Lawsuits – $200 Million and Counting?

Lawsuit No. 4 in the case against Johnson & Johnson and its ovarian-cancer-linked talc product has headed to the courtroom in Missouri.  It is the fourth in a series of baby powder lawsuits filed nationally. Defense attorneys will watch it closely to see whether monetary damages are awarded for the fourth time. Plaintiff Nora Daniels, a … Continued

Potential Eliquis MDL Discussed at JPML Hearing in Miami Beach

Miami Beach was the place to be for mass tort lawyers last week, with two drug and medical device conferences as well as a critical hearing before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (also known as the “JPML”). The Judicial Panel, a group of federal judges that meets every two months to consider requests to … Continued

FDA Adverse-Event Reports Go Public

Years of adverse-event reports documenting problems associated with compromised food, dangerous drugs and harmful cosmetics are now available to the public. The information can be obtained, free of charge, via a downloadable report to be updated quarterly. The data currently spans twelve years. Advocacy Groups Find Adverse-Event Reports Helpful for Protecting Consumers Business leaders, consumer groups and law firms … Continued

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