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MDL & Coordinating Counsel Leadership

King & Spalding serves as lead counsel, national coordinating counsel, trial counsel, resolution counsel, and discovery counsel in the most challenging MDL and state court coordinated proceedings across a variety of industries, including life sciences, automotive, consumer products, technology, and energy. Representations include:

Serving as national coordinating and trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in litigation in state courts across the country involving allegations that plaintiffs’ mesothelioma was caused by use of talcum-based products, and advising on the related bankruptcy proceedings.

Serving as national and trial counsel to Boehringer Ingelheim in the federal MDL in the Southern District of Florida and all state court and governmental litigation involving the heartburn medication Zantac and allegations of various cancers. 

Serving as national coordinating and trial counsel for Janssen Pharmaceuticals in the ELMIRON MDL pending in the District of New Jersey, as well as related state court coordinated proceedings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, in which plaintiffs allege various vision-related injuries.

Serving as co-national counsel for TikTok Inc. and ByteDance Inc. in litigation in which adolescents allege addiction to various online platforms and resulting personal injuries, including in the In re Adolescent Social Media Addiction/Personal Injury Litigation MDL pending in the Northern District of California and related California JCCP proceeding in Los Angeles County.

Serving as national coordinating and trial counsel in connection with Union Carbide Corporation’s asbestos docket, which sees an average of more than 12,000 cases filed and 8 to 10 cases tried to verdict each year in state courts across the country.

Representing Beech-Nut Nutrition Company in more than 49 nationwide class actions, personal injury and Attorneys General lawsuits, and government investigations alleging the presence of toxic metals in baby food. We also represent a major retailer in litigation with the same allegation.

Serving as national counsel for a major retailer in a nation-wide litigation involving allegations that retailers of private-labeled acetaminophens failed to warn pregnant mothers about the potential risks to their children of prenatal exposure to the drug. Cases are consolidated in an MDL in the Southern District of New York.

Serving as strategic resolution counsel for Toyota Motor Corporation in the unintended acceleration litigation MDL in the Central District of California in connection with nearly 200 nationwide economic loss class actions involving millions of class members and hundreds of products liability personal injury matters, as well as national discovery counsel in the civil litigation, regulatory agency actions, and state and federal investigations involving packaging on wet/dry vacuums.

Serving as national coordinating and lead trial counsel for GlaxoSmithKline in litigation involving allegations of discontinuation, suicidality, birth defects and autism arising from the use of the prescription antidepressant Paxil®.

Serving as co-national coordinating counsel and lead trial counsel for Purdue Pharma in the long-running mass-tort litigation involving alleged personal injuries from use of the prescription pain medication OxyContin®, successfully defeating hundreds of putative class, mass, and individual actions filed in state and federal courts around the country, including an attempt by plaintiffs to create a federal MDL.

Serving as lead counsel for Equifax in the MDL involving hundreds of consumer and financial institutions class actions filed in the wake of a high-profile 2017 data breach. After more than a year and a half of contentious litigation, we led the negotiation of a class action settlement to resolve the claims of approximately 147 million U.S. consumers.

Leading the defense of DraftKings in an MDL in the District of Massachusetts in which plaintiffs allege causes of action under the consumer protection and gaming laws of virtually every state.

Representing Vanderbilt University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) Concussion Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”) pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Representing HSBC in multidistrict class action litigation in the Eastern District of New York brought by merchants and trade associations challenging Interchange fees and various network rules and alleging defendants conspired to impose various competitive restraints to fix at artificially high levels the interchange fees paid by merchants in connection with branded credit and debit card transactions, in violation of Federal and state antitrust laws.

Serving as national coordinating and trial counsel for a medical device manufacturer in nationwide product liability litigation relating to injuries allegedly caused by the company’s female pelvic mesh devices.