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MDL 1871 In Re: Avandia Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation


This Multidistrict Litigation ("MDL") was created by Order of the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ("MDL Panel") on October 16, 2007. The typical case involves claims by a plaintiff from anywhere in the United States against defendant SmithKlineBeecham Corp., doing business as GlaxoSmithKline ("GSK").

In its October 16, 2007 Order, the MDL Panel found that the actions in this MDL "involve common questions of fact, and that centralization . . . in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation."

The MDL Panel noted that the actions "arise from allegations that certain diabetes drugs manufactured by GSK -- Avandia and/or two sister drugs containing Avandia (Avandamet and Avandaryl) -- cause an increased risk of heart attack and other physical injury, and that GSK failed to provide adequate warnings concerning that risk." GSK denies these allegations. The Panel further found that "centralization . . . will eliminate duplicative discovery, avoid inconsistent rulings, and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel and the judiciary."


Presiding Judge: The Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe


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Secretary/Civil Deputy: Velma T. White
Courtroom Deputy: Erica Pratt


United States District Court
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Courtroom 12A
James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse
601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Telephone: (267) 299-7490
Fax: (267) 299-5077

Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel: Stephen A. Corr, Esq.


Begley, Carlin & Mandio, L.L.P.
Langhorne, PA 19047
Telephone: (215) 750-0110
Fax: (215) 750-0954

Chair, Plaintiffs' Steering Committee: Vance R. Andrus, Esq.


1775 Sherman Street
Suite 3100
Denver, CO 80203
Telephone: (303) 376-6360
Fax: (303) 376-6361

Defendant's Liaison Counsel: Nina Gussack, Esq.


Pepper Hamilton, LLP
3000 Two Logan Square
18th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: (215) 981-4000
Fax: (215) 981-4750

State Liaison Counsel: Dianne M. Nast, Esq.


NastLaw LLC
1101 Market Street
Suite 2801
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: (215) 923-9300
Fax: (215) 923-9302

Transcripts and Audio

Hearing Transcripts

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Title or Topic Date Held Docket Entry No.
Transcript of Initial Pretrial Conference 04/08/2008 113
Transcript of First Status Conference 05/09/2008 123
Transcript of Second Status Conference 06/20/2008 168
Transcript of Third Status Conference and First Motions Hearing 09/26/2008 248
Transcript of Fourth Status Conference 11/10/2008 285
Transcript of Fifth Status Conference 02/27/2009 372
Transcript of Sixth Status Conference and Second Motions Hearing 04/17/2009 441
Transcript of Seventh Status Conference and Third Motions Hearing 06/19/2009 454
Transcript of Eighth Status Conference 09/09/2009 517
Transcript of Ninth Status Conference 04/01/2010 635
Transcript of Daubert Hearing, Day 1 09/20/2010 -
Transcript of Daubert Hearing, Day 2 09/21/2010 -
Transcript of Daubert Hearing, Day 3 09/22/2010 -
Transcript of Tenth Status Conference 09/22/2010 -