Amy Alderfer, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Products Liability practice, discusses if morcellator manufacturers will settle lawsuits related to devices after the recent Johnson & Johnson case in MDDI Online. J&J, which manufactured about 75 percent of the morcellators on the market, has settled approximately 70 cases and is working on reaching settlements in more. This development came just a few months after the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated several morcellator cases against J&J’s Ethicon unit in U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. Amy states that having one defendant settle does not necessarily create a domino effect, in her experience. “It really probably comes down to a business decision and just looking at your own portfolio and the documents you have,” Amy said. “When you have someone who has a major component of the industry settling, that is something that they’ll have to take notice and think about and decide if for them if it makes wise sense from a business point of view as well.”
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