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Covid Pandemic Requires Remote Depositions For Zantac Cancer Cases In Multidistrict Litigation

Valisure is the subject of remote discovery hearings into the reasons for finding NDMA in Zantac ranitidine

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - Zantac cancer lawsuits are moving forward in discovery even though lawyers, plaintiffs, and judges reside in different parts of the country. Zantac ranitidine cancer discovery is happening via remote teleconferencing and not face to face as has been the practice for hundreds of years. Because of the novelty of interviewing plaintiffs and witnesses using computer teleconferencing program Zoom, most people may not be familiar with the guidelines for the procedure. A judge presiding over a mass tort MDL like this one where thousands of depositions must take place pretty much make up common sense rules for the procedures and hope not to make a critical mistake that could jeopardize the litigation. Pre-Trial Order # 48 written by Judge Robin L. Rosenberg presiding over the Zantac Cancer MDL in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, explains the duties and responsibilities of all parties to the heartburn medicine lawsuits. The Judge begins by explaining the obvious in this novel application of the legal process. "Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(4), this Court hereby issues the following protocol to govern any depositions taken in In re: Zantac (Ranitidine) Products Liability Litigation were all, or most, of the primary participants, including the court reporter and videographer, are attending remotely ("Remote Deposition"). The judge confirms the rules of the procedures and that they may have to be altered in the future based on unforeseen circumstances. A remote stenographer will make an official transcript of the depositions and both sides agree that it will be the official record even though the person is not a notary public in the state where the deposition is taking place. A videographer will video record the entire process and no other video of the proceedings is allowed. The court reporter is to be given a copy of the proceedings at the end to verify the accuracy of the transcript. The court reporter will act as an officer of the court and administer the oath to the witness over the teleconference. Another noteworthy deviation from taking in-person depositions is that the judge acknowledges that more time may be needed during teleconferencing sessions and that all parties must be lenient and willing to make adjustments in good faith to facilitate the proceedings as smoothly as possible.

That said, the most notorious of all depositions in the Zantac ranitidine cancer litigations going forth is about to take place when online prescription drug testing pharmacy Valisure's CEO David Light and other company scientists will be called upon to give their account of who, what, when, where, and how they managed to find exponentially elevated levels of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in the Zantac ranitidine tablets they tested. The Valisure scientific discovery will form the centerpiece of potentially thousands of trials going forward or give Sanofi and Galaxy Smith Kline ammunition to defend the safety of what was once the world's best-selling heartburn and acid reflux medicine.

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