Shoulder Pump Cases Denied MDL Status

Law360, New York (August 14, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has declined to centralize more than a dozen cases accusing pharmaceutical companies of selling shoulder pumps for post-surgical anesthetic use that caused the plaintiffs to suffer irreparable loss of cartilage.

On Monday, the panel decided that the differences in the various cases outweighed their commonality and ordered that the lawsuits proceed individually.

It is difficult to ascertain exactly how many similar lawsuits have been filed across the country, but the number is believed to be anywhere between 18 and...
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