Multi District Litigation

MDL 3026

In Re: Abbott Laboratories, et al., Preterm Infant Nutrition Products Liability Litigation
- Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer

MDL 3026
In Re: Abbott Laboratories, et al., Preterm Infant Nutrition Products Liability Litigation
- Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer


Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel 
Timothy J. Becker
C. Andrew Childers
Wendy R. Fleishman
José M. Rojas
Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann

Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee
David P. Matthews
James R. Ronca
Matthew J. Sill
Ashlie Case Sletvold
Diane K. Watkins

Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
Russell T. Abney
Annesley DeGaris
Gerald J. Diaz, Jr.
Deborah S. Dixon
James R. Dugan, II
Kelly Hyman
Kristine K. Kraft
Noah C. Lauricella
Christopher T. Nace
Ellen A. Presby
Stephen Reck
Pearl A. Robertson
John F. Romano
James M. Williams
Jeffrey A. Bowersox

Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel
Elizabeth A. Kaveny


Abbott’s Lead Counsel
Stephanie E. Parker

Abbott’s Co-Liaison Counsel
Meir Feder
Bridget K. O’Connor

Mead Johnson’s Lead Counsel
Rachel Cannon

Mead Johnson’s Co-Liaison Counsel
Darlene Alt
William Andrichik


What is multidistrict litigation?

Multidistrict litigation is litigation pending in more than one federal district court involving common questions of fact. When such cases involve civil actions, they may be transferred by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (The Panel) to any federal court for coordinated and consolidated pretrial proceedings.

What is the Panel on multidistrict litigation?

The panel is a group of seven federal judges designated by the Chief Justice of the United States. The Panel has the responsibility for determining which cases qualify for multidistrict litigation treatment, as well as which district court to transfer and consolidate these cases. The transfers are made pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1407, upon the Panel's determination that the transfers will result in the convenience of the parties and witnesses and will promote the just and efficient conduct of the cases.

How are the cases to be transferred brought before the Panel?

Proceedings for transfer may be initiated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation upon its own initiative or a motion filed with the Panel by a party in any action in which transfer for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings may be appropriate. Before cases are designated multidistrict litigation and transferred to one federal court, the Panel convenes a hearing and notifies all parties of the place and time of the hearing. The Panel's order of transfer is based on a record of such hearing at which material evidence may be offered by any party to an action in any federal court that would be affected by the transfer.

If my case is subject to a transfer order, but the case has not yet been transferred to the Northern District of Illinois, where should I file documents?

Transfers under 28 U.S.C. §1407 become effective with the filing of the Panel's transfer order in the clerk's office of the designated transferee court. Thus, if the transfer order to which your case is subject has been filed in the Northern District of Illinois, you must make all future filings in the Northern District of Illinois.

Does the Court permit direct filing of cases in the Northern District of Illinois when venue is in another district?

To be determined.

Do I need to file a motion in the Northern District of Illinois to appear pro hac vice or do I need to associate local counsel?

Pro hac vice requirements (and the payment of associated fees) are waived for any attorney who has filed an appearance in a transferor court. Attorneys admitted to practice and in good standing in any United States District Court may be admitted pro hac vice in this litigation without the payment of the pro hac vice fee and without associating with local counsel. Whether or not they file appearances in this case, all lawyers in this litigation are expected to comply with the Court's Local Rules and to abide by the terms of the case management orders and protective orders.

Are attorneys in this MDL required to be e-filers in the Northern District of Illinois?

Yes. Any attorney who will participate actively in the litigation and wishes to receive copies of court filings must file an appearance in this Court and register as an e-filer, receiving training, if he/she is not registered as an e-filer in this Court or another federal court. See General Order 16-0020.

Are there any special procedures regarding service?

__________________has been authorized to accept service of Summons and Complaint on behalf of any defendants pursuant to Fed R. Civ. P. 4(d). See Case Management Order No. 1 (34)

Is there a form complaint that should be filed?

Do I need to submit courtesy copies of all electronic filings?

According to the Fifth Amended General Order, courtesy copies are no longer required and motions shall not be noticed for presentment. Parties shall propose a briefing schedule on opposed motions by joint submission to the court.

 How can I be kept advised of the developments of this case?

Court orders, developments, and upcoming events will be posted on the Court's website.

How can I access the docket sheet?

You may access the docket sheet online by purchasing a PACER account through the PACER Service Center's website at .

Does the Court permit telephone participation at status conferences?

Yes, in some instances.


Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, U.S. District Judge

Courthouse Address
219 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois  60604

Judicial Assistant
Susan Kelly Lenburg
(312) 435-5600
Room 2548

Court Reporter
Frances Ward
(312) 435-5561
Room 2524A
Order Transcript:

Please note that Ms. Ward will not respond immediately to orders for transcripts as she is in court most of the day. If you order a transcript, you may assume that she is preparing it and will contact you when your transcript is complete and ready for pick-up.

Case #PlaintiffDefendantOrig. District Case #Originating DistrictDate Closed
1:22-cv-00071HallAbbott Laboratories
1:22-cv-00192RinehartAbbott Laboratories2022L000293Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
1:22-cv-00197GshwendAbbott Laboratories2022L000297Circuit Court of Cook County
1:22-cv-00203TaylorAbbott Laboratories2022L000301Cook County, IL County Department, Law Division
1:22-cv-00204StuperAbbott Laboratories2022L000299Cook County Circuit Court
1:22-cv-00232MarAbbott Laboratories
1:22-cv-00239RhodesAbbott Laboratories
1:22-cv-00363GrosshueschMead Johnson & Company, LLC3:21-cv-01461Illinois Southern
1:22-cv-00561ShindelAbbott Laboratories
1:22-cv-01089De Los SantosAbbott Laboratories
1:22-cv-01197DevineAbbott Laboratories, Inc.
1:22-cv-01439FelicianoAbbott Laboratories, Inc.
1:22-cv-01951CresapAbbott Laboratories
1:22-cv-01987RichardsonAbbott Laboratories, Inc.2:21-cv-09932California Central
1:22-cv-01989DavisAbbott Laboratories, Inc.5:21-cv-00481California Central
1:22-cv-01991KeltonAbbott Laboratories, Inc.5:21-cv-02145California Central
1:22-cv-01994LittlesAbbott Laboratories, Inc.5:21-cv-02146California Central
1:22-cv-01995HunteAbbott Laboratories, Inc.3:20-cv-01626Connecticut
1:22-cv-01996GeorgeAbbott Laboratories, Inc.1:20-cv-02537District of Columbia
1:22-cv-01997Sanchez JuanAbbott Laboratories, Inc.6:21-cv-00502Florida Middle
1:22-cv-01998CrawfordMead Johnson & Company1:21-cv-00201Florida Northern
1:22-cv-02001BrownAbbott Laboratories, Inc.3:21-cv-00687Louisiana Middle
1:22-cv-02002ChildsAbbott Laboratories1:22-cv-00711District of Columbia
1:22-cv-02003PerkinsAbbott Laboratories, Inc.2:22-cv-00658Louisiana Eastern
1:22-cv-02004WalkerAbbott Laboratories, Inc.3:22-cv-00174Louisiana Middle
1:22-cv-02005AdamsAbbott Laboratories2:22-cv-00036Mississippi Southern
1:22-cv-02006ClarkeAbbott Laboratories4:22-cv-00144Missouri Eastern
1:22-cv-02007OsmunAbbott Laboratories3:22-cv-05018Missouri Western
1:22-cv-02008BookhartAbbott Laboratories, Inc.4:22-cv-00032Missouri Western
1:22-cv-02010LincolnAbbott Laboratories, Inc.4:22-cv-00033Missouri Western
1:22-cv-02011R.J.Mead Johnson & Company, LLC4:22-cv-00147Missouri Western
1:22-cv-02013HughesAbbott Laboratories, Inc.4:22-cv-00157Missouri Western
1:22-cv-02014PostonAbbott Laboratories, Inc.4:22-cv-00158Missouri Western
1:22-cv-02015SilversAbbott Laboratories, Inc.4:22-cv-00159Missouri Western
1:22-cv-02016MedleyAbbott Laboratories, Inc.2:22-cv-00273Nevada
1:22-cv-02017KoethMead Johnson & Company, LLC.2:22-cv-00350Nevada
1:22-cv-02018McKinnonMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-00422Nevada
1:22-cv-02019PayneAbbott Laboratories4:22-cv-00230Texas Southern
1:22-cv-02022CervantesMead Johnson & Company LLC
1:22-cv-02081AcostaAbbott Laboratories
1:22-cv-02202WilliamsMead Johnson & Company, LLC
1:22-cv-02203MoiseMead Johnson & Company, LLC
1:22-cv-02206HighsmithMead Johnson & Company, LLC
1:22-cv-02257M. R.Mead Johnson & Company, LLC
1:22-cv-02300DeleonMead Johnson & Company LLC
1:22-cv-02498GoalAbbott Laboratories
1:22-cv-02510Nancy Doty, Inc.Abbott Laboratories3:22-cv-00635Oregon
1:22-cv-02511AbdullahMead Johnson & Company2:22-cv-01684Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02513DraytonMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01687Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02515StillsMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01691Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02516CarterMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01700Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02517TaylorMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01703Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02518WeigerMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01712Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02519WiegerMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01713Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02553Pinckney-WhiteAbbott Laboratories Inc.
1:22-cv-02569SmithAbbott Laboratories, Inc.
1:22-cv-02610MeltonAbbott Laboratories Inc.4:22-cv-00109Georgia Southern
1:22-cv-02611Henderson Mead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01721Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02612HInesMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01722Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02613JOHNSONMEAD JOHNSON & COMPANY, LLC2:22-cv-01724Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02614McMillianMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01725Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02615Moment Mead Johnson & Company LLC2:22-cv-01737Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02616Walker-SavageAbbott Laboratories2:22-cv-01740Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02617SandersMead Johnson & Company LLC2:22-cv-01742Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02618ShortMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01745Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02619WhitfieldMead Johnson & Company, LLC et al2:22-cv-01746Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02620THOMASMEAD JOHNSON & COMPANY, LLC2:22-cv-01749Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02621WilliamsMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01750Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02623WitherspoonMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01752Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02712GoodmondMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01782Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02713GoodmondMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01786Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02714GrayMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01806Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02716KajuffaMead Johnson & Company LLC2:22-cv-01809Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02719MaysMead Johnson & Company LLC2:22-cv-01828Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02720PadillaMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01831Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02729HumphreysAbbott Laboratories3:22-cv-00146Tennessee Eastern
1:22-cv-02760ParkerMead Parker Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01840Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02761RossMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01850Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02762WigginsMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-01873Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02763WatsonMead Johnson & Company, LLC et al2:22-cv-01874Pennsylvania Eastern
1:22-cv-02891AndradeAbbott Laboratories, Inc.5:22-cv-02780California Northern
1:22-cv-02893SmithAbbott Laboratories, Inc.5:22-cv-02794California Northern
1:22-cv-02895Chazmine Lindsey and Bernard FoleyAbbott Laboratories1:22-cv-01815Georgia Northern
1:22-cv-02896Lambert-EllisAbbott Laboratories, Inc.0:22-cv-01289Minnesota
1:22-cv-02897BembryAbbott Laboratories Inc5:22-cv-00392Oklahoma Western
1:22-cv-02898LeakAbbott Laboratories Inc2:22-cv-00624Washington Western
1:22-cv-03054ThomasAbbott Laboratories Inc.3:22-cv-02971California Northern
1:22-cv-03055HiattAbbott Laboratories Inc2:22-cv-00915California Eastern
1:22-cv-03056KahanAbbott Laboratories, Inc.1:22-cv-03134New York Eastern
1:22-cv-03057MejiaAbbott Laboratories, Inc.3:22-cv-00159Texas Southern
1:22-cv-03136DensonMead Johnson & Company, LLC2022L005309Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois06/17/2022
1:22-cv-03152LollarMead Johnson & Company, LLC2:22-cv-00165Texas Eastern


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Telephone Hearing Access Information

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MINUTE entry before the Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer: Video Status hearing held on 5/19/2022. The court will rule promptly on competing proposals for designation of Lead and Liaison counsel and expects, as well, to set up a webpage for this MDL on the Court's website. A further status hearing is set for 6/30/22 at 10:00 a.m. to take place in person at the U. S. District Court, 219 South Dearborn, Chicago IL 60604. The parties will submit proposals regarding pretrial procedures, identifying disagreements, if any, no later than 6/17/2022. The court anticipates prompt consideration of pending motions for remand of removed cases.