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Digitek MDL judges deny request to transfer cases to Texas judge
8/20/2009 8:58 AM By Steve Korris -From LegalNewsline.com
AUSTIN, Texas -- Manufacturers and distributors of heart medicine Digitek succeeded in consolidating 19 personal injury suits from 12 counties, but were taught a lesson in judge shopping.
On Aug. 5, multi district judges in Austin transferred suits against drug maker Actavis Totowa and distributor Mylan Pharmaceuticals to a pretrial judge, but denied a motion to put Jefferson County District Judge Milton Shuffield in charge of the cases.
Presiding Judge David Peeples wrote that "we consider it improper for a motion to seek transfer to a certain court or county."
Plaintiffs' lawyers suing Actavis Totowa and Mylan objected to Shuffield, claiming he was a former partner of two defense lawyers in the litigation.