Aredia, Zometa MDL Judge Moves To Speed Up Cases

Law360, New York (August 3, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT) -- A Tennessee magistrate judge kicked off a discovery overhaul Friday in multidistrict litigation against Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. over injuries allegedly caused by bone drugs Aredia and Zometa, days after the court revamped a bellwether system to speed up the litigation.

U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell had ruled Wednesday that cases in the MDL should be remanded to their home districts prior to the filing of summary judgment motions or challenges to the admissibility of expert witnesses' testimony, granting a motion from the plaintiffs. Judge Campbell also...
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