Last week, Judge Brian R. Martinotti of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey appointed four outstanding women to the 14-member plaintiffs’ steering committee (PSC) in MDL 2750 for Invokana (Canagliflozin) Products Liability Litigation. Judge Martinotti’s appointment makes the PSC 28.5 percent female.
Congratulations to Ellen Relkin of Weitz & Luxenberg, appointed to serve on the Executive Committee, as well as Danielle Mason of Beasley Allen, Ashley Brittain-Landers of Schlichter Bogard & Denton, and Holly Dolejsi of Robins Kaplan for their appointment to the PSC.
The MDL alleges the drug Invokana may cause diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney damage, and other injuries, and that manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to adequately test the drug and warn of its risks.
The gender gap in the field of law is closing, thanks to the tireless efforts of highly qualified and hardworking female attorneys all over the county. Earlier this month, an order in the MDL titled In Re: Abilify (Aripiprazole) Products Liability Litigation appointed several female lawyers to prestigious positions in the litigation. Also in January, attorney Fidelma Fitzpatrick was named Lead Counsel in the California litigation over Bayer Corporation’s Essure birth control device. Furthermore, two women are leading the federal MDL against Johnson & Johnson over its talcum powder products.
“We’re seeing a new trend toward women looking for leadership positions and women being selected for leadership positions by courts,” Fitzpatrick told Inside Counsel.
Congratulations to these and other exceptional female lawyers who are paving the way for gender equality in law.
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A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).