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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Here's a look at eight judges who are handling their first multidistrict litigation assignments and why they're likely to be tapped again.
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.
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.
In a case closely watched by institutional investors, CalPERS is hoping to reverse the Second Circuit and extend the window for opt-out suits.
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