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Decision to consolidate Darvocet lawsuits delayed by MDL panel

No decision will be made on whether to consolidate all Darvocet lawsuits filed in federal courts until at least July, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Legislation has decided, believing further arguments must be heard before a final decision is made on the matter. The motion to centralize the lawsuits under one judge as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) was originally filed in December 2010, less than a month after the Food and Drug Administration banned Darvocet, Darvon, and other propoxyphene-based generics. However, after listening to arguments in a March hearing, the judges on the MDL panel pushed back ... Read More

MDL hearings for Darvocet lawsuits start this week in San Diego

Every week, more and more former Darvocet patients discover the heart problems they suffer from resemble those linked to the once-popular painkiller; and every week, the number of lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturers continues to climb. But whether all those and future cases will be tried separately or heard together as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) is what a panel of federal judges will decide today in San Diego. Plaintiffs first requested the consolidation in December, when just four cases were pending in various federal district courts throughout the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a ... Read More

Federal oil spill lawsuits will be consolidated in New Orleans

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) has ordered hundreds of lawsuits filed against BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to be heard in New Orleans federal court. The decision represents a boon to plaintiffs and a drawback to the oil giant, who asked the cases be heard in oil-friendly Texas. In May, BP asked the judicial panel to consolidate the lawsuits, then numbering nearly 100, under U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes of the Southern District of Texas in Houston. The Texas City serves as London-based BP’s North American headquarters, and is also the home ... Read More

Fleet Phospho-soda kidney damage lawsuits consolidated, settled in MDL

Judge Dan Polster of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio recently issued a settlement order consolidating Fleet Phospho-soda laxative litigation. The order is Oral Sodium Phosphate Solution (OSPS) MDL 2066. The settlement will resolve most cases involving injuries caused by Fleet Phospho-soda. The transfer order, filed June 23, 2009, consolidated 38 actions under Section 1407 in the Northern District of Ohio. The MDL was  assigned to the Honorable Ann Aldrich for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings. According to the order, the Panel on Multidistrict Litigation determined all actions included in the suit share factual questions ... Read More