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Law360 Highlights the Top 5 Multidistrict Litigation Matters of 2016

Law360 Highlights the Top 5 Multidistrict Litigation Matters of 2016

Law360 reviews a list of “Top 5 Multidistrict Litigation Matters,” covering large-scale cases “sure to make headlines in 2017,” all of which include some involvement by Lieff Cabraser. These highly visible multi-district litigation matters include: General Motors Ignition-Switch defects, DePuy Pinnacle Hip injuries, Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) blood thinner injuries, Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions consumer fraud, and Pelvic Surgical Mesh injuries.

Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” MDL

Law360 reports, “Legendary plaintiffs’ attorney Elizabeth Cabraser told a California federal court in October that this litigation had ‘set the land-speed record’ for turning around the largest automotive settlement in U.S. history in about a year.” Cabraser serves as sole Lead Counsel for plaintiffs and Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the case. More than 500 federal lawsuits were filed against the German automaker and consolidated into one complaint in San Francisco Federal Court on February 22, 2016.

In 2015, Volkswagen publicly admitted that it had rigged emissions production in the diesel engines of approximately 11 million vehicles worldwide. The carmaker programmed software in their diesel emissions vehicles, in order to pass clean air tests. However, these supposed “clean diesel” vehicles were polluting up to 40 times the legal limit on the road. On October 25, 2016, Judge Charles M. Breyer granted final approval to an historic $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-Liter emissions case. Learn more about the VW Diesel Emissions Violations Litigation here.

General Motors Ignition-Switch MDL

Auto manufacturer General Motors (GM) is accused of selling vehicles with ignition switches that share a common, uniform, and defective design: the potential to flip out of position while a vehicle is in motion, disabling the power steering, brakes and, of greatest concern, the air bags.” As a result, these cars are of a lesser quality than GM represented, and class members argue they thus overpaid for the automobiles. Learn more about the GM Ignition Switch Litigation here.

DePuy Pinnacle Hip MDL

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics manufactured and sold metal-on-metal hip implants under the Pinnacle brand name. These metal-on-metal implants have failed in many patients, leading to costly and difficult revision surgeries, and patients claim the companies have denied their due legal and financial responsibilities. Learn more about the DePuy Pinnacle Hip Injury Lawsuits here.

Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) MDL

Patients prescribed Xarelto (sold in the U.S. by Janssen Pharmaceuticals) have charged that Xarelto is a dangerous and defective drug because can trigger uncontrollable bleeding with life-threatening complications for certain patients. Lawsuits allege Janssen failed to adequately warn physicians and patients of the inability to reverse Xarelto’s potentially dangerous thinning of the blood. According to Law360, “the MDL now has almost 14,000 cases pending before U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana,” and numerous suits have also been filed in state court. Learn more about Xarelto Bleeding Injuries and the legal rights of injured patients.

Pelvic Mesh MDL

Millions of women have been implanted with transvaginal mesh implants or bladder slings in surgical procedures to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Between 2005 and 2010, nearly 4,000 injuries were reported to the FDA in connection with these surgical implants. This is a serious women’s health issue – women throughout the country have filed transvaginal or pelvic mesh lawsuits seeking compensation for serious injuries, including erosion and extrusion of mesh, perforation of organs, vaginal bleeding, chronic infection, continued and worsening incontinence, pain and emotional distress. Learn more about Transvaginal Mesh complication injuries here.

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