Thursday, May 20, 2010

Zicam MDL Update

As most of our Zicam clients know, the MDL is moving along with the first phase of written discovery through the completion of fact sheets. In November of 2009, the Judicial Panel for Multi-District Litigation assigned all of the Zicam cases to Judge Frederick Martone in Phoenix, who will oversee pre-trial proceedings, discovery and the bellwether trial process for all of the lawsuits pending in the federal court system.

In the coming months, in addition to the production of fact sheets, we will be going through expert designations, establishing procedures for generic depositions, establishing procedures for document production relating to liability and scientific issues, and most likely a hearing to determine the scientific aspects of the case. It is expected that the first trials in the MDL will take place in 2011.