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Therapeutic MONITORING: Class Action Issues Sean P. Wajert Dechert, LLP Philadelphia, PA www.masstortdefense.com Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING CLASS ACTIONS Medical checking is frequently introduced as a class activity assert: Expanding universe of potential offended parties from harmed offended parties to so-far sound offended parties offended parties who have been uncovered offended parties at expanded danger of future malady various components of medicinal observing appear to be more amiable to "normal" evidence Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS Facing the class claim: Is therapeutic checking perceived in the pertinent locale? Assuming this is the case, Is it a reason for activity or cure? Is it fair help or a harms activity? Substance Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS Lowe v. Philip Morris USA, Inc. , 344 Ore. 403; 183 P.3d 181 (2008) Threat of future damage is deficient to express a claim The need to experience occasional therapeutic checking is lacking "mischief." Donovan v. Philip Morris USA, Inc, 455 Mass. 215 (2009). Perceived when respondent\'s carelessness causes offended party to end up distinctly presented to an unsafe substance that produces sub-cell changes that generously expanded the danger of genuine ailment Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: Class Actions Is it a cure or a reason for activity? Class confirmation suggestions If perceived as a cure, need to likewise look at hidden tort/reason for activity components If free reason for activity, extra concentration might be on therapeutic observing components Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS Do offended parties look for injunctive/fair or harms/legitimate alleviation? Manual for Complex Litigation: courts are isolated about whether 23(b)(2) or 23(b)(3) is the suitable vehicle for guaranteeing a class for medicinal checking Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS Do offended parties look for injunctive or lawful alleviation? Doors v. Rohm and Haas Co.,  2010 WL 774327 (E.D. Pa. 3/5/10) Doctors\' Hospital L.P. v. Webb, 704 S.E.2d 185 (Ga. Application. 2010) Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS Increasingly, offended parties look for asserted injunctive alleviation… Why? Protection for effect of Rule 23(b)(3): prevalence of regular issues Plaintiffs surmise that affirmation under (b)(2) permits them to push restorative checking components into "program" Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS Rule 23(b)(2) unique in relation to (b)(3) No transcendence prerequisite But courts contrast cohesiveness more stringent than power Barnes v. American Tob. Co., 161 F.3d 127 (3d Cir. 1998) Kelecseny v. Chevron, U.S.A., Inc., 262 F.R.D. 660, 681 (S.D. Fla. 2009) no cohesiveness prerequisite by any means? Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes,79 USLW 3128 (U.S. Dec. 6, 2010) Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS Several cases on injunctive alleviation with dicta, little examination Gates v. Rohm & Haas Co ., 265 F.R.D. 208, 230 (E.D. Dad. 2010) ("ask for a court-requested, court-regulated restorative checking system can be viewed as a demand for injunctive help" however denying class accreditation on different grounds); Rowe v. E.I. Dupont De Nemours , 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103528, at *30 (D.N.J. Dec. 23, 2008) ("demands for therapeutic observing for this situation can be considered solicitations for injunctive relief."); Rhodes v. E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Co ., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46159, at *13 (S.D. W. Va. June 11, 2008) ("offended parties are looking for principally injunctive or explanatory help as a court-directed restorative observing program."); In re Welding Fume Prods. Liab. Litig ., 245 F.R.D. 279, 290 (N.D. Ohio 2007) (Rule 23(b)(2) applies to restorative observing cases since "offended parties approach just for injunctive help, as a court-managed medicinal checking program" and not "cash harms" but rather denying class affirmation on different grounds). Synthetic Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS How to battle portrayal as injunctive alleviation? How is the cure characterized under state law? Does this class truly fit the trial of (b)(2)? Nonappearance of cohesiveness-where accessible Especially if ward does not perceive requirement for cohesiveness: ascertainability sensibility Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS How to battle charged injunctive alleviation How is the cure characterized under appropriate law? Potter v. Firestone Tire & Rubber, 863 P.2d 795 (1993)("it is just a compensable thing of harms") if harms, it\'s not injunctive help Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS How to battle charged injunctive alleviation? Courts perspective of appropriateness to medicinal checking for the most part. Zinser v. Accufix Res. Inst., Inc ., 253 F.3d 1180, 1195 (ninth Cir.), revised, 273 F.3d 1266 (ninth Cir. 2001) (restorative checking not "injunctive" on the grounds that it "is fitting just as a component of harms after autonomous verification of risk"). Accreditation under Rule 23(b)(2) is wrong if the order is a "disguised ask for compensatory damages." Barnes, 161 F.3d at 131 (3d Cir. 1998); see likewise Day v. NLO, Inc., 144 F.R.D. 330, 335-36 (S.D. Ohio 1992), rev\'d on different grounds, 5 F.3d 154 (sixth Cir. 1993). Cook v. Rockwell Int\'l Corp. , 181 F.R.D. at 479-80 (therapeutic checking help was principally a suit for harms); Thomas v. FAG Bearings Corp. , 846 F. Supp. 1400, 1404 (W.D. Mo. 1994) (declining to ensure class since expenses were just remuneration for fundamental restorative costs sensibly expected to be brought about later on). Substance Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS How to battle affirmed injunctive help? Would you be able to utilize the trial of (b)(2) (1) that offended party has endured a hopeless harm; (2) that cures accessible at law, for example, money related harms, are deficient to make up for that damage; (3) that, considering the adjust of hardships between the offended party and litigant, a cure in value is justified; and (4) that general society premium would not be disserved by a perpetual order. Substance Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS How to battle claimed injunctive help? Have offended parties acquired such filtering? Assuming no, may undermining any claim of unsalvageable mischief. under the rubric of "self-perpetrated hurt," which blocks a claim for injunctive help when the asserted unsalvageable damage for which the offended party looks for alleviation is self-dispensed. It couldn\'t be any more obvious, e.g., FIBA Leasing Co., Inc. v. Airdyne Indus., Inc. , 826 F. Supp. 38, 39 (D. Mass. 1993) ("order movant does not fulfill the hopeless damage model when the affirmed mischief is self delivered.") Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS How to battle claimed injunctive alleviation? On the off chance that cash harms will enough review hurt, damage is not viewed as unsalvageable. Offended parties may contend that financial harms are not sufficient: protection scope is not accessible. charged absence of accessible testing machines. harms not precisely quantifiable because of vulnerability with regards to the expenses of checking. require a court-administered "program" require record keeping. affirmed object is studies. Are these real? only accidental? Compound Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS How to battle claimed injunctive alleviation? Prerequisite of cohesiveness in many courts Perez v. Metabolife Int\'l., Inc. , 218 F.R.D. 262 (S.D. Fla. 2003) (courts "ought to be reluctant to concede affirmation" of therapeutic observing cases where "the numerous individual issues required in figuring out if a checking system is" required for class "block a finding of cohesiveness under Rule 23(b)(2).") Zehel-Miller v. AstraZenaca Pharms., LP , 223 F.R.D. 659, 664 (M.D. Fla. 2004) (precluding class accreditation from claiming medicinal checking class under Rule 23(b)(2) on the grounds that "the greater part of the individual issues distinguished in [the 23(b)(3) analysis] obliterate any similarity of attachment"). Sweet v. Pfizer , 232 F.R.D. 360, 374 (C.D. Cal. 2005)(court declined to affirm a class of buyers of the physician endorsed sedate Mirapex looking for injunctive alleviation under 23(b)(2)). Lewallen v. Medtronic USA, Inc. , 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20153, at *10-11 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 28, 2002)(court connected the cohesiveness standard to a proposed therapeutic checking class under Rule 23(b)(2), taking note of that "despite the fact that the lead does not contain a power and prevalence necessity, the essential cohesiveness is inadequate with regards to where singular issues prevail.") Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS Individual issues influencing cohesiveness (and transcendence) Underlying tort components Medical observing components Affirmative barriers Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS Individual issue obstacles Medical observing components, e.g., Exposure levels Risk Levels Causation Over or more Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation

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MEDICAL MONITORING: CLASS ACTIONS Exposure Levels Leib v. Re

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