Posts Tagged 'mdl'

First Trial Scheduled in Opioid MDL

Judge Polster schedules opioid MDL for March 2019 startThe judge overseeing the MDL that seeks to hold drug manufacturers and distributors responsible for their roles in the nation’s ongoing opioid abuse epidemic has scheduled the first cases in the litigation for trial. If all goes to plan, some very serious questions might start seeing answers beginning in March of next year.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Polster had, to this point, sought to get ...

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Opioid MDL Judge’s Hopes for Expediency Face Tough Challenges

opioid mdl case may not be as fast as judge had hoped“My objective is to do something meaningful to abate this crisis and to do it in 2018.” These are the words that US District Judge Dan Polster used to open a multi-district litigation brought by municipalities from around the country against the Big Pharma companies they believe have exacerbated the nation’s opioid overdose and addiction crisis.

His goal has been for the parties to reach what ...

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Judge in Opioid MDL Aims for Action

opioid mdl judge Daniel polster wants to take action“About 150 Americans are going to die today, just today, while we’re meeting. And in my humble opinion, everyone shares some of the responsibility, and no one has done enough to abate it.”

These are the words that U.S. District Judge Dan Polster of Cleveland, Ohio used to greet the lawyers representing the two sides of the opioid epidemic earlier this year. “People aren’t interested in ...

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Judge with No MDL Experience Deemed Unqualified to Preside over Opioid MDL

A former judge and now private practice attorney was openly laughed at during an MDL panel in Illinois when she suggested they should give a nation’s worth of opioid cases to a judge who had never presided over a national litigation.

Ann Callis, formerly a chief judge in Madison County, Illinois and now practicing law privately as an attorney addressed the panel in late November and requested that every opioid-related lawsuit be transferred under U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle. The exchange ...

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Consolidation Sought in State and Local Opioid Cases

consolidation sought in state and local opioid casesWe’ve made mention of terms like consolidation and MDL here on the blog a few times. They’re important terms to know, as they can have drastic impacts on the outcomes of very important pieces of litigation. Today’s post is no different. In fact, the use of consolidation in today’s post may set the stage for a large portion of the remainder of the nation’s response to the opioid epidemic.

As a ...

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Trouble for Diabetes Drug Makers?

invokana and farxiga mdls to move forwardKnown as SGLT2 inhibitors for short, sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors are a class of drugs intended for certain individuals with Type II diabetes. The drugs prevent glucose from being absorbed in the kidneys and reduce glucose in the blood by causing it to be expelled in the urine.

Unfortunately, this relatively new class of drugs has already allegedly caused enough harm to warrant FDA action ...

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