Thursday, August 21, 2014

Small PSA -- These Nine Fosamax® ONJ Plaintiffs Should Call Their Lawyers

It seems that several plaintiffs have "opted in" -- i.e., elected to accept -- the global Fosamax® ONJ settlement, but their paperwork is -- in various ways -- deficient (or, at least Merck so alleges).

So Merck would like the very able Judge John F. Keenan, sitting in the federal trial-level courthouses in Manhattan, to give them a period of time to cure, and then if they do not -- dismiss them without any payments, from the common settlement fund.

That process began in earnest, Tuesday. The affected plaintiffs are: (1) Claudette Williams, (2) Robin Swolley, (3) Susan Sloan, (4) Audrey Minzer, (5) Naheed Khan, (6) Lowell Howell, as Personal Representative for Mildred Robinson, Deceased, (7) Doris Hanke, (8) Susan Doyle, and (9) James Corbett, as Personal Representative for the Estate of Ivy Corbett. Do contact your counsel, one and all.

. . . .ORDER: On August 15, 2014, Merck served a motion for a new Lone Pine order, this one targeted at nine plaintiffs who initially opted into the global settlement but whose paperwork is allegedly deficient.

Counsel for the affected plaintiffs are directed to file a response indicating whether they oppose the motion by August 29, 2014.

Any reply by Merck must be filed by September 5, 2014.This Order should be entered on the docket of 06 MD 1789 as well as on the dockets of the individual cases listed in the attached table. (Responses due by 8/29/2014, Replies due by 9/5/2014.)

(Signed by Judge John F. Keenan on 8/19/2014). . . .

Separately (and perhaps immodestly -- I'll report that) overnight, the National Law Journal has picked up my scoop on the Incretin Mimetic MDL discovery/adverse event source documents spat. Safe travels all day, one and all, as well.

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