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Initial Court Conference Kicks Off Valsartan Litigation in New Jersey

On March 27, 2019, the initial Case Management Conference for the Valsartan MDL was held in the District of New Jersey before the Honorable Robert B. Kugler. At the time that the cases were consolidated before Judge Kugler, for pretrial purposes, in February 2019, there were approximately 40 cases filed, but we expect thousands of cases to be filed over the next couple years.

On July 13, 2018, the FDA alerted health care professionals and the public about the voluntary recall of several drugs that contained valsartan (used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure). The recall was due to the discovery of an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which had been found in the recalled drugs. The allegation is that some of the patients who took these recalled drugs will develop certain types of cancer.

There has been no decision regarding whether irbesartan and losartan, will be included in this MDL.

As of the part of the initial conference, Judge Kugler entered Case Management Order. No. 2, ordering monthly, in-person, status conferences to discuss the progression of the litigation. An additional monthly teleconference will be held. Plaintiffs’ Leadership is expected to be identified by the next conference on April 24, 2019.

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Martin P. Schrama is a Shareholder in Stark & Stark's Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort, Intellectual Property and Green Litigation Groups. Mr. Schrama has extensive experience litigating on both the trial and appellate levels of the federal and state courts of New Jersey and New York, as well as numerous other jurisdictions throughout the nation in a pro hac vice capacity. This experience also extends to regular practice before AAA, JAMS and various other alternate dispute resolution fora.

The primary focus of Mr. Schrama’s practice is complex civil litigation matters, with a concentration in mass tort/class action prosecution and defense, and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Schrama is currently co-lead trial counsel representing numerous plaintiffs in the mass tort environmental contamination case of In Re Bristol-Myers Squibb Environmental Contamination Litigation, Case No. 281. Mr. Schrama is also currently involved in representing numerous plaintiffs in mass tort pharmaceutical cases pending in the New Jersey Superior Court case of In Re Yaz®, Yasmin®, and Ocella® Litigation, Case No. 287; In Re Nuvaring® Litigation, Case No. 284; and In Re Depuy ASR® Hip Implants Litigation, Case No. 293. Mr. Schrama frequently writes about timely legal and legislative developments impacting plaintiffs in mass tort and product liability actions for Stark & Stark's Mass Tort Law Blog.

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