Wednesday, October 25, 2006

NJ Mass Tort Designation for Ortho Evra

On October 10, New Jersey centralized its state court litigation over Johnson & Johnson's Ortho Evra birth control patch.  Plaintiffs allege that the contraceptive increases the risk of blood clots.  Here's the Notice to the Bar and the accompanying announcement:

On October 11, 2006, the Supreme Court designated all litigation, pending and future, involving the Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch as a mass tort and assigned it for coordinated, statewide handling in Middlesex County by the Honorable Bryan D. Garruto. This litigation involves claims against the manufacturer and others of this pharmaceutical for damages allegedly caused by its use.

This statewide centralization comes well after the federal MDL transfer.  On March 1, 2006, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transferred all federal court Ortho-Evra cases to Judge David Katz in N.D. Ohio.


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