Amanda Bronstad

MDL Critic Pushes Plan to Break Up Cases

Amanda Bronstad

It's time to give judges clear rules for managing MDLs, says John Rabiej, director of Duke Law School's Center for Judicial Studies. For starters, he'd spread the biggest cases across more judges.

Lawyers Take Aim at Texas Law Capping Punitive Damages

Amanda Bronstad

Five plaintiffs who saw a $502 million jury verdict cut to $150 million last year say the state law unconstitutionally discriminates against the old and the poor.

J&J Takes $110M Hit in Talc Trial, Adding to String of Losses

Amanda Bronstad

In five trials over the safety of its talcum powder, Johnson & Johnson has racked up four losses. Thursday's verdict from a Missouri jury was the biggest blow so far.

Elite Plaintiffs Lawyer Accused of Concealing Payments to Expert Witnesses

Amanda Bronstad

Hoping to reverse a $502 million loss, lawyers for Johnson & Johnson are attacking Houston attorney W. Mark Lanier. But he says the campaign "fails to tell the whole story."

J&J Fends Off Xarelto Claims in First Bellwether Trial

Amanda Bronstad

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Bayer brought in powerhouse litigator Beth Wilkinson of Washington, D.C.'s Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz to lead the defense team in the first of four bellwether trials.

Meet the Next Generation of MDL Judges

Amanda Bronstad

Here's a look at eight judges who are handling their first multidistrict litigation assignments and why they're likely to be tapped again.

Rookie Judges Start to Wrangle MDL Dockets

Amanda Bronstad

The panel that assigns sprawling litigation to individual judges to manage is looking beyond repeat players and bringing more women and minority judges into the mix.

New Group of US Judges, Including Two From NY, Start to Wrangle MDL Dockets

Amanda Bronstad

The Southern District has the most MDLs of any district in the country, three of which are now being handled by Judges Lorna Schofield and Paul Engelmayer.

SCOTUS Takes Up Key Timing Question in Securities Suits

Amanda Bronstad

In a case closely watched by institutional investors, CalPERS is hoping to reverse the Second Circuit and extend the window for opt-out suits.

J&J, Backed by Battalion of Lawyers, Opens 5th Talcum Powder Trial

Amanda Bronstad

With eight figures potentially on the line, Johnson & Johnson isn't skimping on its defense. Covington & Burling products liability partners Phyllis Jones and Paul Schmidt were on hand in the St. Louis courtroom Tuesday, backing up national coordinating counsel from Butler Snow and Shook, Hardy & Ba

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