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Eric T. Chaffin

FDA Announces Zoll LifeVest Recall After One Reported Death

On January 14, 2018, the FDA alerted the public and healthcare professionals to a Class 2 recall of the Zoll LifeVest Sure-T Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator (Model 4000).  A Class 2 recall indicates a situation in which the use of the […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Mississippi Man Claims Bard Ventralex Incompatible with Human Tissue

On January 2, 2018, a Mississippi man filed a Bard hernia mesh lawsuit in the Southern District of Mississippi. The plaintiff claims that after he was implanted with a Bard Ventralex mesh, he suffered from serious injuries. Plaintiff Claims that […]

Roopal Luhana

JPML Soon to Hear Arguments on Potential Heater-Cooler Consolidation

Nearly 50 lawsuits have been filed against LivaNova Deutschland GmbH (LivaNova) the manufacturers of the 3T Heater-Cooler device, which is used to keep patients warm during open-heart surgery. These units have been linked with certain bacteria that can contaminate the […]

Roopal Luhana

First Two Bair Hugger Bellwether Trials Scheduled to be Ready to Go by April 2018

In December 2015, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated all federally-filed Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuits into one court in the District of Minnesota for pre-trial proceedings. Since then, the litigation has grown, with over 1,000 cases […]

Roopal Luhana

Some Plaintiffs Oppose Centralization for Heater-Cooler Lawsuits

On November 6, 2017, LivaNova Deutschland GmbH and Sorin Group USA, Inc. filed a motion with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to request the consolidation of all federally-filed personal injury lawsuits involving the 3T Stockert Heater-Cooler in […]

Roopal Luhana

Massachusetts District Court Outlines Process for Stryker LFIT Bellwether Trials

In April 2017, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated all federally-filed Stryker LFIT hip implant lawsuits into one court in the District of Massachusetts. Since then, the parties have been working toward preparing a select group of […]

Roopal Luhana

Iowa Man Endures Vision Loss & Years of Treatments Due to Heater-Cooler Infection

On October 17, 2017, an Iowa family filed a new Stockert 3T heater-cooler infection lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. The plaintiff claims that he was exposed to Mycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera) bacteria and […]

Roopal Luhana

Defendants Seek Consolidation in 3T Heater-Cooler Litigation

The makers of the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Systems (“3T System”) have filed a motion with the U.S. Judicial Panel of Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML” to “Panel”) asking the Panel to transfer and consolidate all pending and forthcoming 3T System lawsuits filed […]

Roopal Luhana

Judge Sets Schedule for First Bair Hugger Bellwether Trials

In December 2015, all federally-filed Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuits were consolidated into one court in the District of Minnesota. At the time there were about 50 cases pending in various districts, but now, that number has increased to more […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Texas Woman Says Physiomesh Design Increases Risk of Inflammation

On October 9, 2017, a Texas woman filed a new Physiomesh lawsuit against manufacturer Ethicon and parent company Johnson & Johnson (J&J). She filed the case in the Eastern District of Texas, but it has since been transferred to the […]