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GM Settles Third Ignition Switch Bellwether Case Ahead of Trial

General Motors (GM) has settled the third of six lawsuits picked to be tried as bellwether cases for deaths and injuries stemming from its defective ignition switches, which put millions of its vehicles at risk of suddenly losing power and crashing without airbag protection. GM’s lawyers filed a letter in federal court in Manhattan Thursday saying it had entered into a confidential settlement with plaintiff Nadia Yingling, who sued the automaker in 2013 after her husband James was killed when his 2006 Saturn Ion lost power and crashed on a Pennsylvania highway. Ms. Yingling’s case had been set to go ... Read More

Some DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits heading to trial this year

The first lawsuits filed against health care giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics by plaintiffs alleging injuries caused by DePuy’s metal-on-metal ASR hip devices will go to court this year. About 4,200 lawsuits have been filed against the companies in federal court, with another 2,000 filed in state courts. The first state lawsuits are slated to go to trial in Las Vegas, Nevada, in mid-December 2012, with another trial scheduled for January 2012 in a Maryland state court. Federal lawsuits, which will be tried in U.S. District Court in West Virginia, will probably be heard in March ... Read More

hernia patch trial scheduled for march in federal MDL

The first in a series of four bellwether trials involving Kugel hernia patch lawsuits will begin on March 25 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi will preside over the cases in the federal multi-district litigation (MDL). More than a thousand lawsuits have been filed against Davol, Inc., manufacturer of the Composix Kugel Mesh Patches in federal courts. Most of the cases allege injury due to a defect in the patch, which surgeons implant at the site of a hernia. The patches consist of two layers of synthetic mesh bound by ... Read More

ATV deaths prompt Mississippi to consider better ATV legislation

In December we reported how one Mississippi coroner became an advocate of stricter laws governing the use of all-terrain vehicles in her state after witnessing the injury and death the vehicles can cause. Now, other people in that state are echoing the call for more ATV legislation, including the Sheriff of Warren County, Mississippi and two state lawmakers. Mississippi remains one of the few states with almost no laws restricting the use of ATVs. As a result, the number of ATV-related injuries and deaths in Mississippi is three times higher than in most other parts of the country. Tragically, in ... Read More

Federal Yamaha Rhino cases set for multidistrict litigation next year

All of the lawsuits involving the Yamaha Rhino that were filed in federal court have been brought together for pretrial litigation under U.S. District Judge Jennifer B. Coffman in the Western District of Kentucky. Judge Coffman will preside over five trials scheduled to open between October 2010 and January 2011. Because more than 500 lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S., a “bellwether” approach is being taken to manage the caseload. A group of plaintiffs will be selected to represent all of the other plaintiffs in the case. Bellwether trials are occasionally formed when large numbers of plaintiffs ... Read More