March 2013 Rulings By New Jersey Judge Martinotti And NuvaRing MDL Judge Sippel On Expert Witness Testimony Issues All Go In Favor Of Plaintiffs
UPDATE: "Merck to pay $100 million in NuvaRing contraceptive settlement" (2/7/14, Reuters)
According to the Merck 2012 Annual Report / Form 10-K, at page 110, there were approximately 1,315 NuvaRing cases filed against Organon, Schering-Plough, and Merck at the start of January 2013, with about 1,105 of those NuvaRing lawsuits being part of the federal court NuvaRing MDL.
As background, about a year ago we posted this article, "950 NuvaRing Lawsuits Pending As Of December 31, 2011 According To Merck Annual Report", which was an update to our earlier article, "730 NuvaRing Lawsuits Filed As Of December 31, 2010 Per Merck Annual Report".
On March 5, 2013 Judge Brian Martinotti moved the first New Jersey state court NuvaRing trial date from May 6, 2013 to June 17, 2013 at the request of the defense attorneys.
It is anticipated that, in turn, Judge Rodney Sippel will move back the start date for the first federal court NuvaRing MDL trial from July 2013 to August 2013. (Note: Back in April 2010 Judge Sippel had scheduled the first NuvaRing MDL to start in June 2011.)
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Also in March 2013, both Judge Martinotti and Judge Sippel issued some significant rulings having to do with expert witnesses and expert testimony at trial. Those NuvaRing experts rulings which were in favor of the plaintiffs should be most helpful with the presentation of evidence against the drug companies at the upcoming NuvaRing trials later this year.
We will continue to report significant developments in the NuvaRing drug injury litigation.