Nussbaum et al v. Wyeth Inc et al

Filing 16

ORDER denying without prejudice Defendants' Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings. Plaintiffs are permitted to amend their individual complaints within 3 weeks of the date of this Order. Signed by Judge Billy Roy Wilson on 9/11/12. (kpr)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION IN RE: PREMPRO PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION : : : : MDL DOCKET NO. 4:03-CV-1507-BRW ALL CASES ORDER Pending are Defendants’ Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings (Doc. Nos. 3082, 3087). Plaintiffs have responded1 and Defendants have replied.2 The parties presented oral argument at a July 20, 2012 hearing.3 Defendants, manufacturers of generic hormone replacement drugs, assert that PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing,4 preempts any strict liability failure to warn claim against Defendants. Additionally, Defendants contend that the reasoning in Mensing would foreclose any design defect claims. Plaintiffs disagree, and request that, at the very least, they be permitted to amend their complaints. At this point, it seems to me that permitting the plaintiffs leave to amend their complaints is reasonable. Accordingly, the plaintiffs whose cases are listed in Exhibit A must amend their complaints within three weeks of the date of this Order -- this is plenty of time considering that the request to amend complaints should have been made months, if not years, ago. After a cursory review of several of the complaints in these cases, it appears that many make only basic failure to warn claims and are devoid of the claims Plaintiffs’ counsel posited at 1 Doc. Nos. 3094, 3095. 2 Doc. No. 3102. 3 Doc. No. 3106. 4 131 S. Ct. 2567 (2011). 1 the July 20, 2012 hearing. If a plaintiff does not amend her complaint by the deadline, Defendants may refile their motion for judgment on the pleadings in the individual case. Word to the wise: If a plaintiff fails to amend her complaint, and Defendants again seek dismissal, it is unlikely that I will again allow the plaintiff leave to amend her complaint. Additionally, each amended complaint must set out, in plenary detail, the factual basis for the plaintiff’s claims. For example, if the plaintiff is asserting “off-label promotion,” the complaint must set out sufficient facts to support this claim. In other words, the specific who, what, when, and where will be required (considering that Plaintiffs have been accumulating discovery against Defendants for nearly 10 years, this requirement is reasonable). Each plaintiff also will be required to show, with specificity, how she was directly affected by each Defendant’s conduct. Generally claiming that Defendants practiced “off-label promotion” will be considered insufficient, and may result in dismissal of the case. CONCLUSION Based on the findings of fact and conclusions of law above, Defendants’ Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings (Doc. Nos. 3082, 3087) are DENIED without prejudice. Plaintiffs are permitted to amend their individual complaints as set out above. IT IS SO ORDERED this 11th day of September, 2012. /s/ Billy Roy Wilson UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 2 EXHIBIT A Scott, Patsy Lund, Judy Gallegos, Margaret Mesojedec, Ann Marie Brown, Nona 3:07-CV-00147 4:04-CV-00717 4:04-CV-00723 4:04-CV-00809 4:04-CV-00816 Glier, Nancy Watson, Patricia Jenkins, Linda Lopez, Amada Trinnaman, Mary 4:04-CV-00899 4:04-CV-00938 4:04-CV-00996 4:04-CV-01068 4:04-CV-01071 Alexander, Janet Cheltra, Denise M. Anderson, Darlene Kay Barnard, Avis Trommer, Edith 4:04-CV-01223 4:04-CV-01294 4:04-CV-01297 4:04-CV-01308 4:04-CV-01620 Kiss, Marie S. Griggs, Esther R. Tsubota, Elaine Baker, Carol Newman, Beverly 4:04-CV-01863 4:04-CV-01959 4:04-CV-02212 4:04-CV-02256 4:04-CV-02316 Clouser, Mary J. Lawson, Barbara Lee, Darlene Herman, Linda Dye, Susan 4:05-CV-00075 4:05-CV-00077, 4:11-CV-00101 4:05-CV-00146 4:05-CV-00167 4:05-CV-00195 Posey, Janelle Palomo, Olivia Indyk, Rebeca McMurray, Elaine Daly, Eleanor 4:05-CV-00206 4:05-CV-00253 4:05-CV-00380 4:05-CV-00382 4:05-CV-00396 Shareff, Karen Weissmer, Willa Mullikin, Virginia Pannell, Deborah Strickland, Sandra 4:05-CV-00406 4:05-CV-00423 4:05-CV-00427 4:05-CV-00498 4:05-CV-00530 Burbridge, Pat Toomey, Janet Andenoro, Janice Paquin, Ethel Campbell, Delores 4:05-CV-00544 4:05-CV-00549 4:05-CV-00558 4:05-CV-00598; 4:08-CV-01833 4:05-CV-00614 3 Thompson, Gaye Nickle, Lovena Spicer, Barbara A. Cummings, Morene McCormack, Nancy 4:05-CV-00651 4:05-CV-00657 4:05-CV-00697 4:05-CV-00798 4:05-CV-00800 Weaver, Mary Jo Mason, Barbara Amdur, Patricia Wilkerson, Shirley Shea, Kathryn 4:05-CV-00810 4:05-CV-00832 4:05-CV-00841 4:05-CV-00910 4:05-CV-00969 Higginbotham, Carla Douglass, Barbara Louise Nikolchev, Grigorina Anderson, Irene Schoenberg, Carol 4:05-CV-00974 4:05-CV-01133 4:05-CV-01245 4:05-CV-01246 4:05-CV-01248 Cain, Helen Smith, Jo Ann Byrd, Laura Moisi, Rose Anderson, Barbara 4:05-CV-01366 4:05-CV-01378 4:05-CV-01402 4:05-CV-01404 4:05-CV-01408 Bowling, Virginia Roth, Laura Steinert, Minnie Beaver, Eula M. Miller, Doris 4:05-CV-01433 4:05-CV-01446 4:05-CV-01516 4:05-CV-01573 4:05-CV-01575 Blanco, Mercedes G. Perotti, Deborah South, Mary Clark, Sylvia E. Keener, Norma 4:05-CV-01620 4:05-CV-01633 4:05-CV-01680 4:05-CV-01754 4:05-CV-01793 Kamsch, Carole Vernon, Beverly Moore, Barbara J. Johnson, Deborah E. Smith, Helga K. 4:05-CV-01803 4:05-CV-01858 4:05-CV-01866 4:05-CV-01896 4:05-CV-01909 Robertson, Darline J. Quinn, Marjorie A. Hinkle, Joy Gorski, Virginia Cantwell, Lynn 4:06-CV-00001 4:06-CV-00050 4:06-CV-00079 4:06-CV-00110 4:06-CV-00121 4 Giambrone, Patti H. Engle, Connie Merricks, Lillian P. Wilson, Sharon Ridgeway, Ann 4:06-CV-00160 4:06-CV-00228 4:06-CV-00233 4:06-CV-00240 4:06-CV-00294 Ford, Linda Brooks, Marilyn Dudley, Ann Stark, Audrey A. Baker, Jacqueline 4:06-CV-00384 4:06-CV-00403 4:06-CV-00430 4:06-CV-00435 4:06-CV-00441 Trautman, Janet Plowman, Joyce Bolton, Barbara Norwood, Keith Hunter Abbey, Francine 4:06-CV-00442 4:06-CV-00443 4:06-CV-00493 4:06-CV-00517 4:06-CV-00537 Pick, Roslyn Broussard, Angela Briscoe, Brenda Kaye Guillot, Claudia Barr, Rebecca 4:06-CV-00581 4:06-CV-00636 4:06-CV-00661 4:06-CV-00697 4:06-CV-00704 Mahoney, Julia Moffett, Linda W. Kell, Rayjeana Naquin, Carol Flint, Mary Jo 4:06-CV-00714 4:06-CV-00722 4:06-CV-00772 4:06-CV-00784 4:06-CV-00793 Thomas, Jo Anne Goldberg, Marlene Stepp, Onie Lorene Calhoun, Sharon Russell, Barbara 4:06-CV-00800 4:06-CV-00821 4:06-CV-00873 4:06-CV-00878 4:06-CV-00879 Pinkerton, Bertha L. Lyons, Mary Wright, Bertha Lee Harrison, Carolyn Rosenberry, Mary Verna 4:06-CV-00881 4:06-CV-00916 4:06-CV-00938 4:06-CV-00940 4:06-CV-00959 Durain, Wanda Duncan, Arizona L. Black, Karen A. Goodman, Donna K. Brownewell, Dorothy 4:06-CV-00988 4:06-CV-00993 4:06-CV-01022 4:06-CV-01048 4:06-CV-01049 5 White-Brown, Margaret D. Wojcik, Rosemary S. Cavaliere, Geraldine Burton, Mary Lou Richardson, Lucille 4:06-CV-01120 4:06-CV-01127 4:06-CV-01165 4:06-CV-01186 4:06-CV-01193 Willenbrock, Darylle D. Campbell, Sylvia Cagle, Theda Campbell, Bonnie Bradley, Mary 4:06-CV-01200 4:06-CV-01219 4:06-CV-01220 4:06-CV-01222 4:06-CV-01224 Fortner, Doris Derefield, Pamela S. Mallin, Beverly Hinton, Sarah A. Kinser, Frances 4:06-CV-01252 4:06-CV-01260 4:06-CV-01282 4:06-CV-01324 4:06-CV-01339 Clement, Joyce Martin, Elizabeth A. Bikos, Bonnie Puzzuole, Margaret Sponza, Regina 4:06-CV-01345 4:06-CV-01389 4:06-CV-01392 4:06-CV-01398 4:06-CV-01399 Hunter, Shirley A. Kagay, Joyce Anthony, Sandra Zimmerman, Joyce Johnson, Sherry 4:06-CV-01403 4:06-CV-01431 4:06-CV-01433 4:06-CV-01438 4:06-CV-01443 Neubarth, Marie Frank, Francis, Jr. Roseman, Charlotte Rosenbloom, Susan Balis, Nancy A. 4:06-CV-01455 4:06-CV-01474 4:06-CV-01488 4:06-CV-01502 4:06-CV-01506 Schultz, Marilyn Morgan, Alice Sayers, Marjorie Koch, Dorothy J. Orgel, Lynne 4:06-CV-01516 4:06-CV-01555 4:06-CV-01564 4:06-CV-01617 4:06-CV-01645 Chambers, Zona Rittenberry, Linda Burbach, Julaine Tipton, Janice Hagstrand, Janet L. 4:06-CV-01650 4:06-CV-01679 4:06-CV-01696 4:06-CV-01700 4:06-CV-01712 6 Prickett, Judy C. Strickland, Anne J. Williams, Sharon J. Kidd, Judith R. Simpson, Arleane 4:07-CV-00090 4:07-CV-00093 4:07-CV-00095 4:07-CV-00100 4:07-CV-00126 McKnight, Marilyn Battiste, Thelma Lonsiak, Kathleen Regan, Peggy Spangler, Edith 4:07-CV-00156 4:07-CV-00189 4:07-CV-00211 4:07-CV-00232 4:07-CV-00251 Payne, Patricia Ann Lopez, Melissa Anderson, Carolyn Snyder, Debbie Tangman, Frances 4:07-CV-00321 4:07-CV-00323 4:07-CV-00332 4:07-CV-00340 4:07-CV-00419 Williams, Christine S. McCune, Lavon Kota, Miriam Nussbaum, Gale Harding, Joann D. 4:07-CV-00427 4:07-CV-00430 4:07-CV-00467 4:07-CV-00469 4:07-CV-00478 Dale, Jane R. Kirschstein, Janet McMichael, Linda Irwin, Vivian Stolbun, Judith Greer 4:07-CV-00558 4:07-CV-00653 4:07-CV-00655 4:07-CV-00731 4:07-CV-00816 Mills, Stanley Scott, Toni Turner, Mildred Miller, Joan P. Payne, Patty 4:07-CV-00884 4:07-CV-01078 4:08-CV-00035 4:08-CV-00062 4:08-CV-00185 Johnson, Eloise Kielty, Cheryl Smylie, Carol Okon, Marilyn Jewell, Paula 4:08-CV-00290 4:08-CV-00402 4:08-CV-00443 4:08-CV-00462 4:08-CV-00617 Draper, Helen Amador, Silvia Barnes, Marita A. Chen, Margaret L. Archbold, Sharon 4:08-CV-00699 4:08-CV-00779 4:08-CV-00864 4:08-CV-01268 4:08-CV-01288 7 Fisher, Terri L. Peterson, Sandra Shanle, Sheila Reddy, Jeanne Marie Redman, Virginia 4:08-CV-01393 4:08-CV-01687 4:08-CV-01793 4:08-CV-01811 4:08-CV-01816 Weaver, Brenda Nichols, Linda Costa, Frances Shuckhart, Mary Weaver, Rise L. 4:08-CV-01848 4:08-CV-01856 4:08-CV-01860 4:08-CV-01876 4:08-CV-01999 Blaisdell, Norman Marshall, Valerie A. Weaver, Rita Kropf, Karen Leanne McCarthy, Cynthia 4:08-CV-02116 4:08-CV-02188 4:08-CV-02313 4:08-CV-02314 4:08-CV-02388 Cook, Carol L. Jenkins, Gwendolyn Barnett, Jacklynn Sands, Joyce Geiser, Dorothy 4:08-CV-02413 4:08-CV-02514 4:08-CV-02695 4:08-CV-02745 4:08-CV-02787 Schlenk, Lois Estell, Shirley Reed, Mae Frances Bumpas, Vickie E. Johann, Apollonia 4:08-CV-02796 4:08-CV-03119 4:08-CV-03121; 4:09-cv-00132 4:08-CV-03167 4:08-CV-03178 Beaver, Donna McLain, Judy Haupert, Karen Weinfurtner, Carol Kaiser, Barbara J. 4:08-CV-03204 4:08-CV-03207 4:08-CV-03211 4:08-CV-03213 4:08-CV-03237 Crestelle, Carole Jones, Sharon Lee Hill, Jeanne Kurinko, Ann Marie Blattl, Kurt 4:08-CV-03333 4:08-CV-03338 4:08-CV-03339 4:08-CV-03340 4:08-CV-03358 Hicks, Mary E. Woods, Dorothy Finn, Kathleen Morgan, Nancy Alvarran, Bonnie 4:08-CV-03523 4:08-CV-03548 4:08-CV-03560 4:08-CV-03572 4:08-CV-03631 8 Sanford, Glenda Burton, Sharon Carter, Linda Hennin, Pat Cornell, Nancy 4:08-CV-03671 4:08-CV-03677 4:08-CV-03690 4:08-CV-03699 4:08-CV-03723 Goodman, Lorraine Humphreys, Nancy Mayo, Mary Roy, Thelma Saunders, Doris 4:08-CV-03777 4:08-CV-03833 4:08-CV-03905 4:08-CV-03913 4:08-CV-03923 Scarbro, Frances Scott, Minnie Mitchell, Iva Utt, Brenda Poe, Sharon 4:08-CV-03927 4:08-CV-03932 4:08-CV-03985 4:08-CV-04017 4:08-CV-04087 Midili, Denise Huff, Beverly C. Frambs, Geraldyne Mackiewicz, Kerma Whatley, Ernest Joe 4:09-CV-00059 4:09-CV-00103 4:09-CV-00741 4:09-CV-00748 4:10-CV-00128 Cox, Marsha Turk, Jean Banks, Linda Steele, Carolyn Bledsoe, Shirley 4:10-CV-00285 4:10-CV-00291 4:10-CV-00350 4:10-CV-00370 4:10-CV-00421 Plain, Diane Langren, Roberta Knutson, Linda Slaton, Mary Baker, Mary 4:10-CV-00435 4:10-CV-00438 4:10-CV-00457 4:10-CV-00461 4:10-CV-00464 Green, Kenneth Hart, Marlene Evosevich, Felecisima Walton, Doris Geneve, Barbara 4:10-CV-00465 4:10-CV-00475 4:10-CV-00478 4:10-CV-00505 4:10-CV-00542 Williams, Lucille Hansmann, Kathleen Lopez, Delfina Kerns, Margie Krcmarik, Janet 4:10-CV-00569 4:10-CV-00578 4:10-CV-00587 4:10-CV-00600 4:10-CV-00601 9 Oberg, Jeanne Sargent, Patricia Walther, Rose Sundall, Kathleen Ely, Carol 4:10-CV-00602 4:10-CV-00605 4:10-CV-00609 4:10-CV-00611 4:10-CV-00619 Vincent, Sandra Lindsay, Helen Winfield, Cynthia Mehr, Jeanette Erickson, Roberta 4:10-CV-00620 4:10-CV-00626 4:10-CV-00629 4:10-CV-00632 4:10-CV-00649 Wilson, Evie Foster, Thressa Garcia, Gloria Genco, Lucille Ferguson, Sandra 4:10-CV-00656 4:10-CV-00669 4:10-CV-00681 4:10-CV-00682 4:10-CV-00683 Bell, Greg Clausen, Lois McGilvray, Anne King, Marilyn Grossman, Herbert 4:10-CV-00685 4:10-CV-00687 4:10-CV-00782 4:10-CV-00792 4:10-CV-00797 Cox, Carolyn Hagle, Irene Swanson, Mary Johnson, Barbara Fornberg, Loretta 4:10-CV-00798 4:10-CV-00805 4:10-CV-00813 4:10-CV-00817 4:10-CV-00818 Kirchhoff, Rose Holden, Kathleen Cassidy, Theresa Sivils, Sharon Tallent, Patricia 4:10-CV-00823 4:10-CV-00827 4:10-CV-00828 4:10-CV-00830 4:10-CV-00839 Beedle, Joyce Bolster, Sharon Allgood, Tanya Sedwick, Mary Wille, Lois 4:10-CV-00842 4:10-CV-00846 4:10-CV-00848 4:10-CV-00871 4:10-CV-00886 Brandt, Judith Gouge, Delores Jacquemart, Sharron Bussart, Norma Moore, John 4:10-CV-00890 4:10-CV-00891 4:10-CV-00912 4:10-CV-00921 4:10-CV-00922 10 Meranto, Oneida Fields, Dorothy Gordon, Sharon Wood, Ann M. Mangan, Beverly 4:10-CV-00923 4:10-CV-00926 4:10-CV-00933 4:10-CV-00935 4:10-CV-00941 Provasnik, Judith Anglin, Linda Dahlman, Emma Louise Weddle, Georganne Raatz, Dixie 4:10-CV-00955 4:10-CV-00988 4:10-CV-00989 4:10-CV-00992 4:10-CV-01018 Marcus, Sandra Beylen, Joan Contreras, Sandra Howard, Carolyn Stanionis, Lee 4:10-CV-01021 4:10-CV-01029 4:10-CV-01030 4:10-CV-01034 4:10-CV-01035 Gilmore, Sheila Crane, Livia Salazar Sherril, Janie Grossman, Shirley Meiller, Jean 4:10-CV-01039 4:10-CV-01040 4:10-CV-01041 4:10-CV-01042 4:10-CV-01046 Sain, Sudarshain Struckmann, Jean A. Knobel-Besa, Penny Dasen, Paula Denney, Marge 4:10-CV-01060 4:10-CV-01061 4:10-CV-01063 4:10-CV-01080 4:10-CV-01212 Guerra, Rosemary Owen, Joyce Wynkoop, Joanne Martin, Rose Owens, Evelyn 4:10-CV-01214 4:10-CV-01236 4:10-CV-01239 4:10-CV-01241 4:10-CV-01267 Mosely, Patty Ann Thomas, Sharon Trout, Geraldine Onody, Marilyn Krueger, Ruth 4:10-CV-01272 4:10-CV-01286 4:10-CV-01289 4:10-CV-01298 4:10-CV-01306 Friedberg, Carolyn DeBell, Alma Miner, Nola Jean Facer, Kelleen Funk, Judith 4:10-CV-01313 4:10-CV-01317 4:10-CV-01324 4:10-CV-01347 4:10-CV-01351 11 Zand, Tabandeh Peterson, Darlene Unlandt, Leena Hudman, Dorothy M. Williams, Mary Ann 4:10-CV-01360 4:10-CV-01363 4:10-CV-01428 4:10-CV-01576 4:10-CV-01583 Lininger, Linda Polk, Geneva Nichols, Ginger G. Ryan, Faye Rackle, Karen 4:10-CV-01617 4:10-CV-01618 4:10-CV-01620 4:10-CV-01625 4:10-CV-01627 Robbins, Ruby Pitsinger, Muriel Gattis, Melissa Weber, Jane S. Belnap, Gary 4:10-CV-01676 4:10-CV-01701 4:10-CV-02020 4:10-CV-02049 4:10-CV-02074 Westerfield, Arlene Boles, Dorothy Eden, Barbara Grobstein, Elaine Hruska, Judith 4:10-CV-02081 4:11-CV-00096 4:11-CV-00097 4:11-CV-00098 4:11-CV-00100 Clark, Charlotte A. Johnson, Carole Weiford, Marjorie Fields, Jo Ann Monroe, Rosie 4:11-CV-00109 4:11-CV-00110 4:11-CV-00111 4:11-CV-00113 4:11-CV-00131 Terry, Carol Jane Whatley, Dolores Weymouth, Genevieve Mari, Linda Riegle, Virginia A. 4:11-CV-00132 4:11-CV-00203 4:11-CV-00293 4:11-CV-00322 4:11-CV-00787 Cline, Carolyn 4:12-CV-00340 12

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