State Superior Court Judge Nelson Johnson Now Presiding Over About 2880 Cases, According to Merck SEC Report Filed In August 2014
UPDATE: The New Jersey multi-county litigation (MCL) for the Fosamax cases has been reassigned to Judge Jessica Mayer in Middlesex County according to an article in the New Jersey Law Journal.
There is some news but not much to report about the New Jersey Multicounty Litigation where the Fosamax femur fracture lawsuits are centralized.
Judge Carol Higbee, who was moved to a New Jersey appellate court position in the spring of 2014, has been replaced by the Honorable Nelson C. Johnson, of the New Jersey Superior Court in Atlantic County.
According to the New Jersey Courts web site page for this Fosamax lawsuits consolidation, there were 3071 Fosamax cases filed as of August 23, 2014 (accessed 8/29/14).
From that document alone one cannot determine how many of those lawsuits may be for cases alleging oseteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) as the Fosamax drug injury as opposed to atypical femur fracture events.
However, we get an idea of the current number of Fosamax - femur fracture lawsuits filed in the New Jersey Multicounty Litigation from the Merck SEC Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2014 (filed on or about 8/7/14) at pages 19-20 of this PDF document, in particular: "As of June 30, 2014, approximately 2,880 cases alleging Femur Fractures have been filed in New Jersey state court...."
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At this time it is still unknown when the Unanski v. Merck femur fracture case -- which had been scheduled for trial back in March 2014, but was postponed when Judge Higbee was elevated to the appellate court position on short notice -- will be rescheduled for trial.
However, as this Unanski case is still expected to be the next Fosamax - femur fracture lawsuit in New Jersey to go before a jury, we hope that the new date for the Unanski trial will be announced by Judge Nelson Johnson later this year.
And that is about all there is to report on this Friday afternoon before the Labor Day weekend, marking an end to the summer season for 2014.
We will continue to monitor this New Jersey state court Fosamax consolidation for significant developments and report those here, as usual.