A federal jury in Georgia awarded $11 million to plaintiff Robyn Christiansen in the first Wright Conserve metal-on-metal hip implant bellwether trial. After a two-week trial and three days of deliberations, the jury ruled that the Conserve hip implant was defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous, and that manufacturer Wright Medical had mislead the plaintiff as to the product’s safety.… Read More

Posted by Marilyn T. McGoldrick on Jan 14, 2015 12:29:03 PM The federal judge overseeing all transvaginal mesh litigation has denied C.R. Bard’s motion to delay bellwether trials, also known as test trials, scheduled for next month. C.R. Bard, a defendant in more than 12,000 cases brought by women who received defective Avaulta pelvic mesh… Read More

Posted by Marilyn McGoldrick on Apr 11, 2014 10:49:00 AM NOTE: The trial judge on this case later reduced the award to $36.8 million, by lowering the plaintiffs’ $6 billion award for punitive damages against Takeda to roughly $27.7 million and the $3 billion dollar punitive damage award against Eli Lilly to $9.2 million. Total… Read More

The first federal MDL Bellwether trial in the Actos litigation (MDL 2299) began yesterday in Lafayette, Louisiana before the Honorable Rebecca Doherty. The plaintiff is Terrance Allen, a New York man who was prescribed the diabetes drug Actos from 2004 until 2011 when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Allen’s opening statement asserts that the evidence will show that Takeda had information about Actos causing bladder cancer for over 10 years and withheld this information from doctors and patients. Actos also raises the risk of heart disease, although that is not at issue in this trial.… Read More