MDL 1148 In Re: Latex Gloves Products Liability Litigation
|Case Management Orders|
|Master Notices of Deposition|
This multidistrict litigation consists of over 250 pending cases. The plaintiffs largely are healthcare workers alleging that they have a Type I latex hypersensitivity allergy as a result of exposure to defendants' natural rubber latex gloves used in their profession. More specifically, the plaintiffs allege that they have been sensitized to and developed Type I latex hypersensitivity from exposure to certain proteins in latex gloves which act as allergens. This type of latex allergy is to be distinguished from contact dermatitis and Type IV latex hypersensitivity, which results from exposure to chemicals.
This multidistrict proceeding has been established in order to have one federal court coordinate discovery and other pretrial matters in the pending cases. Subsequent natural rubber latex allergy cases filed in a federal court will ordinarily be transferred as "Tag Along" cases to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and become part of MDL 1148. Once discovery and the other pretrial matters are completed, in MDL 1148 the transferred cases will be transferred back to the federal district court where they originated for further proceedings, including trials.
- Plaintiffs' Lead Counsel: David S. Shrager, Esq.
David S. Shrager, of the law firm Shrager, McDaid, Loftus, Flum & Spivey in Philadelphia, serves as the plaintiffs' Lead Counsel. In this position, Mr. Shrager presents plaintiffs' position to the Court and opposing counsel on all pretrial matters, coordinates all discovery on behalf of the plaintiffs, prepares and distributes periodic status reports to plaintiffs, and delegates necessary tasks to the plaintiffs. Mr. Shrager can be contacted at:
Shrager, McDaid, Loftus, Flum & Spivey
Two Commerce Square
2001 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: (215) 568-7771
- Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel: Dianne M. Nast, Esq.
Dianne M. Nast of the law firm of Roda & Nast, P.C. serves as Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel. In this position, Ms. Nast shall maintain and distribute to co-counsel and to other Liaison Counsel an up-to-date service list; receive and distribute to co-counsel orders from the Court and documents from opposing parties and counsel as appropriate; establish and maintain a document depository; and maintain and make available to co-counsel at reasonable hours a complete file of all documents served by or upon each party, except such documents as may be available at the document depository. Ms. Nast can be contacted at:
Roda & Nast, P.C.
801 Estelle Drive
Lancaster, PA 17601
Telephone: (717) 892-3000
- Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel-Steering Committee
- Plaintiffs have formed a Steering Committee, approved by the Court in Case Management Order No. 6, which currently includes the following members: (To be provided.)
- Defendants' Liaison Counsel-Spokesperson: Alan L. Unikel, Esq.
Alan L. Unikel, of the Chicago office of Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson, serves as Defendants' Liaison Counsel-Spokesperson. In this position, Mr. Unikel coordinates the presentation to the Court and opposing counsel of defendants' positions on all matters arising during pretrial proceedings, prepares and distributes periodic status reports to the defendants, delegates necessary tasks to other defendants to ensure efficient trial proceedings, and conducts meetings of the defendants to coordinate discovery and other pretrial matters. Mr. Unikel can be contacted at:
Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson
55 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603-5803
Telephone: (312) 346-8000
- Defendants' Liaison Counsel-Service: Larry L. Turner, Esq. and and James A. Willhite, Jr., Esq.
Larry L. Turner and James A. Willhite, Jr. of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads serve as Defendants' Liaison Counsel. In this position, Messrs. Turner and Willhite are responsible for maintaining and distributing to defendants' counsel and to Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel an up-to-date service list; receiving and distributing to defendants' counsel court orders and documents from opposing parties and counsel; and maintaining and making available to defendants' counsel a complete file of all documents served by or upon each party, other than documents that are available at the document depository. Messrs. Turner and Willhite can be contacted at:
Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads
123 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19109
Telephone: (215) 772-1500
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