DES Litigation – Eli Lilly and Company. Since the 1970s, the firm has successfully defended Eli Lilly in litigation arising out of the use of diethylstilbestrol by pregnant women in the 1950s and 1960s. Our lawyers have won individual trials and successfully defended against efforts to certify plaintiff and defendant class actions in DES litigation in New Jersey. The firm has also represented Eli Lilly in New York DES litigation, and defeated multiple efforts by plaintiffs to persuade New Jersey and New York courts to create novel theories of non-identification liability to the detriment of pharmaceutical (and other) manufacturers of consumer goods.
Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) Litigation – Novartis Consumer Health. The firm represents Novartis in these cases in New Jersey's mass tort court, and won the first PPA trial to go to verdict in the nation (Kronfeld v. Novartis, Superior Court of New Jersey, January 2004, selected by the National Law Journal as one of the "top ten" defense verdicts in 2004). Our lawyers also won the first PPA diet aid case to go to verdict in the United States (Adams v. Novartis, Superior Court of New Jersey, May 2005).
Silicone Breast Implant Litigation – Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. For over ten years, the firm was national coordinating counsel in the defense of breast implant litigation. The firm was primary counsel in all phases of the litigation, which involved the defense of more than twenty thousand cases and claims nationwide. McCarter & English also defended class action claims, played a major role in crafting and implementing a global settlement of a very substantial segment of the litigation, and continues as primary defense counsel administering the final phase of the settlement.
"K-Dur" Litigation – Schering-Plough Corporation. The firm represented Schering-Plough Corporation in a class action brought on behalf of all purchasers of the pharmaceutical product "K-Dur." The plaintiffs alleged that an agreement between Schering-Plough and ESI Lederle Incorporated concerning "K-Dur" unlawfully increased the price of that product in violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.
Stadol® Litigation – Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. The firm successfully defended BMS in several attempts to certify nationwide classes of users of the prescription medicine Stadol® for medical monitoring purposes. See Fisher v. Bristol-Myers Squibb, 181 F.R.D. 365 (N.D. Ill. 1998) and Dhamer v. Bristol-Myers Squibb, 183 F.R.D. 520 (N.D. Ill. 1998).
Prozac® Litigation – Eli Lilly and Company. In the early-1990s, Lilly chose McCarter & English to be a national coordinating counsel for litigation and collateral matters involving its antidepressant, Prozac®. As national counsel for one of Lilly's highest profile medicines, the firm represented Lilly in all aspects (including trials and appeals) of this nationwide litigation.
Rezulin Litigation - Pfizer and Warner-Lambert. The firm represented Pfizer in Rezulin litigation in New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania.
Amicus efforts - The firm has represented the PhRMA and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association as amici before New Jersey appellate courts in cases involving direct to consumer advertising of prescription medicines, challenges to protective orders, and efforts to certify classes under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.