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Hernia Mesh Defendant C.R. Bard Indicates Support for MDL if Certain Conditions Are Met

On April 10, fifty-five of the nearly 100 plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against medical device manufacturers C.R. Bard, Davol Inc., and BD Medical Technology filed a petition asking the court to centralize all cases into multidistrict litigation (MDL). In the filing, they specifically requested that the cases be heard before a U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri or Ohio's Southern District.

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Addressing Health Impacts in Climate Litigation Could Drive Better Climate Policy, Study Says

A recently published study from George Washington University looks at how the nation's courts address the issue of public health in lawsuits related to climate change and coal-fired power plants. Because the courts play a pivotal role in the creation and crafting of public policy, the researchers conclude that greater consideration of health impacts could have a positive effect on such policy in the future. Unfortunately, health concerns are not raised in most climate-related cases.

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As Industries Become Automated and Robots Become Increasingly Sophisticated, the Law Struggles to Keep Pace

Since Mary Shelly penned the novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus some two centuries ago (a story about a scientist named Victor Frankenstein), one of humanity's greatest fears has been that we will wind up creating our own successors – and that those successors will eventually cause our demise. Two recent incidents highlight the dangers of that scenario coming to pass.

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Jury Finds Johnson & Johnson, Imerys Liable in Lawsuit Claiming Talcum Powder Caused Mesothelioma Cancer

In a stunning verdict handed down in a federal court in New Jersey, a jury has ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys, to pay $37 million to a 46-year-old man who alleged that his mesothelioma was caused by his regular use of the defendant's talc-containing products over the course of his lifetime. The trial, which ended yesterday, is the most recent bellwether case over allegations that Johnson & Johnson's flagship products, Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, are carcinogenic.

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The Tsunami of Litigation Races Toward Facebook's Shores: Are the Social Media Giant's Days Numbered?

The last few weeks have not been good ones for billionaire entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg. In the wake of revelations over its handling of user data, its business practices and how its platform was used to manipulate the 2016 elections, Facebook's stock value has plummeted as investors exit their positions in the company – and so far, there have been four lawsuits filed over its gathering and use of personal information.

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