Archives for February 2013
by: Edward B. Mulligan V, Attorney
On February 12, 2013, the federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) transferred some 134 cases filed against New England Compounding Center, the now-notorious seller of contaminated steroid injections, to the District of Massachusetts for consolidated pretrial proceedings. While a group of plaintiffs argued for consolidation in Minnesota, the JPML opted to send the cases to the District of Massachusetts, where NECC is headquartered. The consolidation of the civil cases in the District of Massachusetts is designed to eliminate duplicative discovery and prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings. It will also help to conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel, and the judiciary, particularly in light of the fact that that the NECC bankruptcy case is also pending in the District of Massachusetts. The litigation is captioned In Re New England Compounding Pharmacy Inc. Products Liability Litigation and will be run by Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV, who already issued a broad evidentiary preservation order in December and ruled that the plaintiffs could inspect NECC’s premises.
Pharmaceutical and medical device makers invest millions of dollars in the research and development of innovative treatments and cures to help improve the quality of life for people all over the world. Such large investments can create a lot of pressure for these products to succeed in the marketplace. To drive sales, drug and device makers send representatives to hospitals and local doctors’ offices to educate healthcare professionals on the benefits that their products can offer patients. Part of this sales process may sometimes involve financial support of the doctor’s practice via payment for conference attendance, consulting fees, or charitable contributions.
by: Kelley Johnson, Attorney
I am privileged and honored to be the 2013 Indianapolis Bar Foundation President. The Indianapolis Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Indianapolis Bar Association. We are a fundraising organization. Our mission is to advance justice and lead positive change in Indianapolis through philanthropy, education and service. We accomplish this mission by having impact through service to our legal profession, through service to our Indianapolis community, and through education of our legal community.
by: Melissa L. Stuart, Attorney
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces the Americans with Disability Act discrimination laws in the workplace. My most recent article for the Friendship Circle blog discusses employment rights of parents with special needs children.
I recently shared with you a few of my thoughts about how to navigate a career while also being a wife and mother. The advice I shared has a lot to do with my own experience but was also gleaned from others who have walked the same path. Whether you are married, have children, or other commitments, finding a balance between doing good work and having a fulfilling personal life can certainly be challenging at times. Here are some additional thoughts to help you strike the balance between the life you want to lead and the work you want to produce.