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Third Johnson and Johnson Talc Lawsuit Bankruptcy Filing

Third Johnson and Johnson Talc Lawsuit Bankruptcy Filing

Following through on what its worldwide vice president of litigation said during an October 2023 quarterly call (which we covered in an earlier blog post), Johnson & Johnson has announced plans to move one of its subsidiaries to Texas in preparation for a third...

JPML Consolidates 55 Weight Loss Lawsuits

JPML Consolidates 55 Weight Loss Lawsuits

On February 2, 2024, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated 55 pending weight loss lawsuits involving the drugs Ozempic, Wegovy and Rybelsus, manufactured by Novo Nordisk A/S, and Trulicity and Mounjaro, manufactured by Eli Lilly & Co....

Roundup Lawsuit Update on Third Bellwether Trial

Roundup Lawsuit Update on Third Bellwether Trial

Our new Roundup lawsuit update highlights a decision in the third bellwether trial in the Roundup multidistrict litigation. A 12-person jury in Philadelphia unanimously awarded the plaintiff a staggering $2.25 billion, finding that John McKivison’s non-Hodgkin’s...

CA Appeals Court Issues Gilead Lawsuit Decision

CA Appeals Court Issues Gilead Lawsuit Decision

On January 9, 2024, the State of California Court of Appeals ruled in part against Gilead in its motion for summary adjudication by allowing plaintiffs’ claim for ordinary negligence against the drug manufacturer to proceed.  The earlier motion had been denied on all...

Fifth Consecutive Win for Roundup Litigation Plaintiffs

Fifth Consecutive Win for Roundup Litigation Plaintiffs

On December 5, Roundup litigation plaintiffs won their fifth consecutive victory against Monsanto, manufacturer of the weed killer Roundup, and its parent company, Bayer AG. In the second case to go to trial in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, the jury found...

LTL Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Update for Talc Litigation

LTL Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Update for Talc Litigation

On Friday, July 28, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael Kaplan of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed the Chapter 11 case filed by Johnson & Johnson’s talc unit, LTL Management LLC, stating that the debtor did not meet the requirements...

$224M J&J Talc Litigation Verdict Overturned

$224M J&J Talc Litigation Verdict Overturned

On October 4, 2023, the three-judge Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey threw out a $223.8 million talc litigation verdict against Johnson and Johnson (J&J), finding that the science relied on by the plaintiffs was not sound.  The 2020 verdict...

Liability Forecasting: Vital for Mass Tort Settlements

Liability Forecasting: Vital for Mass Tort Settlements

Liability forecasting plays an important role in mass tort settlements. One effect of the four-decades-long asbestos litigation is that defendants in mass tort cases often create large settlement trusts through which they compensate current and future claimants for...

Leveraging Data to Negotiate Stronger Mass Tort Settlements

Leveraging Data to Negotiate Stronger Mass Tort Settlements

As with the other cases they litigate, plaintiffs’ attorneys will negotiate mass tort settlements to secure maximum compensation for their injured clients. But mass tort cases, for a number of reasons, are more complex to litigate and settle than typical personal...