Whitt et al v. Wyeth et al
ORDER pursuant to Rule 21 of FRcvP; every plaintiff other than the first named plaintiff is DROPPED from this civil action; dropped plaintiffs have 30 days from the date of this Order to file new individual complaints in a proper venue; within 40 day s fo the date of this Order, the remaining plaintiffs (Alice Whitt and David Whitt) must cure their complaint; the Clerk is directed to send a contemporaneous copy of this Order to the MDL panel to allow, to the extent possible, fast-tracking of 1407 transfers of these cases back to MDL-1507 for coordinated and consolidated pretrial proceedings. Signed by Judge William R. Wilson, Jr on 9/25/08. (mkf)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION In re: PREMPRO PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION ALICE WHITT, et al. v. WYETH, INC., et al. : : : : : : : : : : : MDL Docket No. 4:03CV1507-WRW 4:08CV03218
ORDER After reviewing this case, I believe that the Complaint violates my numerous orders on multi-plaintiff complaints as well as the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Under Rule 21 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, every plaintiff1 other than the first named plaintiff,2 is DROPPED from this civil action as follows: (1) Dropped plaintiffs have 30 days from the date of this Order to file new, individual3 complaints in a proper venue. The complaints should be served in accordance with the Rules of Civil Procedure. (2) It seems to me that it would be meet and proper if counsel for the respective parties would meet and confer4 regarding the court in which these cases might be refiled. This observation is, of course, hortatory vice mandatory.
The Clerk of the Court need not list the names of the extraneous plaintiffs in the docket sheet for this case. Alice Whitt, and her husband David Whitt, will remain in the original lawsuit, but the complaint must be amended in accordance with this Order.
An exception to this Order is that a plaintiff and her spouse and children (or any other associated derivative claimant) need not be severed from each other.
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(3) Without further order of the Court, claims of dropped plaintiffs who do not file new civil actions within the 30 day period will be considered dismissed without prejudice. (4) Dropped plaintiffs are deemed to have ongoing MDL No. 1507 actions in this Court for all purposes during the time period between the date of this Order and the filing of their new complaint in the appropriate venue, or after the passage of the 30 day period -- whichever is first. (5) For the application of statutes of limitations, laches, or other time-bar laws, the filing date of a newly filed action pursuant to this Order will be deemed to relate back to the date that the dropped plaintiff originally filed her complaint -- insofar as the new complaint alleges only the claims alleged in the original complaint and joins only the defendants named (or fewer) in the original complaint, or the successors of such original defendants. (6) The current Complaint is an excellent example of the generic, omnidirectional complaints of which I have repeatedly expressed disfavor. The complaint lacks any specificity regarding Plaintiffs' use of hormone therapy and fails to directly link any Plaintiff with any of the defendants, other than broad boilerplate language. As an example, the complaint states that "Plaintiffs formerly took one or more hormone therapy products manufactured by one or more of the Defendant manufacturers."5 Simply claiming that you took hormone therapy and suing every hormone therapy manufacturer is not enough. Within 40 days of the date of this Order, the remaining plaintiffs (Alice Whitt and David Whitt) must cure their Complaint. The Amended Complaint must contain allegations specifying which drugs plaintiff took and, specifically, against which of the defendants she is alleging a cause of action. Furthermore, since it is likely that the dropped plaintiffs will be returning to MDL-1507, it seems to me that, in the interest of judicial economy, it would benefit everyone involved if
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Plaintiffs' lawyers went ahead and complied with these suggestions before filing new complaints for the dropped plaintiffs. (7) Counsel is reminded of their obligations under MDL Panel Rule 7.5(e) and directed to promptly notify the MDL Panel of the new case number designated to the case in the receiving district. The Clerk of the Court is directed to send a contemporaneous copy of this order to the MDL panel to allow, to the extent possible, fast-tracking of § 1407 transfers of these cases back to MDL-1507 for coordinated and consolidated pretrial proceedings. IT IS SO ORDERED this 26th day of September, 2008. /s/ Wm. R.Wilson, Jr. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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