Attorneys

Douglas R. Plymale, M.B.A., J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Douglas Plymale brings a unique perspective to the practice of law as an accomplished scientist who worked for a major pharmaceutical company and Harvard Medical School.  His background as a scientist has been an invaluable asset in litigating difficult cases that hinge on the science and medical issues.

Dr. Plymale has acquired significant experience in litigating product liability, personal injury, and other fields involving death and serious personal injury. Throughout law school, Dr. Plymale worked for the late Wendell H. Gauthier on various personal injury, class action and mass tort cases. Upon graduation he immediately began representing working persons and their families in catastrophic and serious personal injury cases, working with many of the top plaintiff firms in the country.

A significant part of Dr. Plymale’s practice is representing persons injured by defective drugs and medical devices.  Over the years, he has handled thousands of cases against the manufacturers of defective pharmaceutical products such as Darvon, Avandia,Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex, Rezulin, Baycol, Propulsid, PPA Fen-Phen, Serzone, Meridia, Ephedra, Zyprexa, Levaquin, Digitek, Actimmune, Fosamax, Ortho Evra, Yaz, and Prempro/Premarin; the manufacturers of  defective medical devices including Medtronic pacemakers and defribillators, Guidant pacemakers and defibrillators, Kugel Mesh implants, Zimmer hip and knee implants, Depuy hip implants, and other toxic tort cases such as exposure to welding-rod fumes.

Areas of Practice
Product Liability
Personal Injury
Pharmaceutical Litigation
Medical Device Litigation

Education
J.D.        Tulane Law School
Ph.D.      Tulane University, Interdisciplinary Molecular and Cellular Biology Program
M.B.A.    New Mexico State University
B.S.        Biochemistry New Mexico State UniversityBar Admissions

Bar Admissions
Dr. Plymale is a member of the Louisiana Bar, and has been admitted to all Louisiana Courts and the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He is an active member in a number of respected legal associations, including the American Association for Justice, and the Louisiana State and American Bar Associations.

Cases

Dr. Douglas Plymale has represented Plaintiffs in the following litigations, and served as class counsel and on the MDL committees as listed below:

1. In Re: Diet Drugs Litigation, (MDL 1203), (1997-2004) USDC for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Judge Lewis C. Bechtle.

2. In Re: Propulsid Litigation, (MDL 1355), (2000-Present) USDC, Eastern District of Louisiana, Judge Eldon Fallon.

3. In Re: Rezulin Products Liability Litigation, (MDL 1348), (2000-2009) USDC, Southern District of New York, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan.

4. In Re: Baycol Products Liability Litigation, (MDL 1431), (2001-2004) USDC, District of Minnesota, Judge Michael Davis.  MDL Science Committee

5. In Re: Serzone Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1477), (2002-2008) USDC, Southern District of West Virginia, Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

6. In Re: Meridia Products Liability Litigation, (MDL 1481), (2002-2004) USDC, Northern District of Ohio, Judge James S. Gwin.

7. In Re: Prempro Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1507), (2002-present) USDC Eastern District of Arkansas, Sr. Judge. Billy Ray Wilson, Jr.

8. In Re: Welding Fume Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1535), (2002-2010), USDC Northern District of Ohio, Judge Kathleen McDonald O’Malley.

9. In Re: Zyprexa Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (MDL 1596), (2004-present) USDC for the Eastern District of New York, Judge Weinstein and Magistrate Judge Chrein.

10. In Re: Neurontin Marketing & Sales Practices Litigation (MDL 1629), (2004-Present) USDC, District of Massachusetts, Judge Patti B. Saris.  Kaiser Trial Team.

11. Rose Goudeau, et al v. The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, et al., (2004-Present) Judge Madeleine M. Landrieu, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana. Class Counsel for a certified class of family members whose loved ones donated their bodies to the Tulane Willed Body Program but were sold by Tulane to third parties.

12. Roxy Wright, Rosalie F. Miranda, et al v. Tenet Louisiana, Inc., et al., (2004-2006) Judge Nadine M. Ramsey, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana. Counsel for a class of uninsured patients who were billed excessive hospital charges for care.

13. US Agencies Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., et al. v. Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., (2004-2010) Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th Judicial District Court, Jefferson County, Texas. counsel for a class of property damage insurers to recoup their costs paid out due to Firestone tire rollover property damage cases.

14. In Re: Vioxx Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1657), (2005-present) USDC of Louisiana, Judge Eldon Fallon, Magistrate Judge Knowles.  MDL Third-Party Payor Committee, Government Actions Committee, Louisiana Attorney General Trial Team

15. In Re: Bextra and Celebrex Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1699), (2005-present) USDC, Northern District of California, Judge Charles R. Breyer.  MDL Discovery Committee, MDL Third-Party Payor Committee

16. In Re: Tricor Indirect Purchase Antitrust Litigation, (2005-present) USDC, District of Delaware, Judge Sue L. Robinson.

17. In Re: Guidant Corp. Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1708), (2006-present) USDC District of Minnesota, Judge Donovan W. Frank.

18. In Re: Ortho Evra Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1742), (2006-2010), USDC Northern District of Ohio, Sr. Judge David A. Katz

19. In Re: Bausch & Lomb Inc. Contact Lens Solution Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1785), (2007-2010), USDC District of South Carolina, Chief Judge David C. Norton.

20. In Re: Fosamax Product Liability Litigation (MDL 1789), (2006-present) USDC Southern District of New York, Judge John F. Keenan.

21. In Re: Oxycontin Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, (2007-present) USDC for the Southern District of New York., Judge John G. Koetl.

22. In Re: Ketek Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, (2008-Present) USDC Eastern District of New York, Judge Sandra L.Townes.

23. In Re: Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1842), (2007-present), USDC District of Rhode Island, Chief Judge Mary M Lisi.

24. In Re: Avandia Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1871), (2007 to present) USDC Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Judge Cynthia M. Rufe.

25. In Re: Medtronic, Inc., Sprint Fidelis Leads Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1905), (2008-present) USDC District of Minnesota, Sr. Judge Richard H. Kyle.

26. In Re: Vytorin Marketing, Sales Practice, and Products Liability (MDL 1938), (2008-Present) USDC District of New Jersey, Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh.

27. In Re Levaquin Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1943), (2008-present) USDC District of Minnesota, Judge John R. Tunheim.

28. In Re: Digitek Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1968), (2008-present), USDC Southern District of West Virginia, Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

29. In Re: Actimmune Product Liability Litigation, (2009-Present) 08-CV-3797-MHP USDC for the Northern District of California, Judge Marilyn H. Patel.

30. In Re: Celexa/Lexapro Product Liability Litigation (MDL 2067), (2009) 09-CV-1033 USDC  for the Eastern District of New York,  Judge Rodney W. Sippel.

31. In re: Light Cigarettes Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (MDL 2068), (2009-Present) 09-md-02068, USDC for the District of Maine, Judge John Woodcock Jr.

32. International Brotherhood Of Teamsters Local 456 Health And Welfare Trust Fund And UFCW Local 1776 And Participating Employers Health And Welfare Fund vs. Quest Diagnostics Incorporated And Nichols Institute Diagnostics, (2010-present), 10-CV-1692 USDC EDNY Judge Raymond J. Dearie.

33. In Re: Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2100), (2010-present) USDC Southern District of Illinois, Judge David R. Henderson.

34. In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010 (MDL 2179), (2010-present) USDC Eastern District of Louisiana. Judge Carl J. Barbier.

35. In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2197), (2010-present) USDC Northern District of Ohio, Sr. Judge David A. Katz.

36. In Re: Abbott Labs., Inc., Similac Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2211), (2011-2012) Consolidation denied. USDC Eastern District of Louisiana, Judge Sarah Vance.

37. In Re: Darvocet, Darvon And Propoxyphene Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2226), (2011-present) USDC Eastern District of Kentucky, Judge Danny C. Reeves.

38. In Re: Prograf Antitrust Litigation (MDL 2242), (2011-present) USDC District of Massachussetts. Judge Rya W. Zobel.

39. In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2244), (2011-present) USDC Northern District of Texas, Judge James E. Kinkeade.

40. In Re: Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation (No. II) (MDL 2243), (2011-present) USDC District of New Jersey. Judge Garrett E. Brown, Jr.

41. In Re: Zimmer Nexgen Knee Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2272), (2011-present) USDC Northern District of Illinois. Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer.

42. In Re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2299), (2011-present) USDC Western District of Louisiana. Judge Rebecca Doherty.

43. In Re: National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation (MDL 2323), (2012-present) USDC Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Anita B. Brody.

44. In Re: Nuvaring Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1964), (2012-present) USDC Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division. Judge Rodney W. Sippel.

45. In Re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2187), (2012-present) USDC Southern District of West Virginia. Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

46. In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2325), (2012-present) USDC Southern District of West Virginia. Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

47. In Re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2326), (2012-present) USDC Southern District of West Virginia. Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

48. In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2327), (2012-present) USDC Southern District of West Virginia. Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

49. In Re: Coloplast, Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2387), (2012-present) USDC Southern District of West Virginia. Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

50. In Re: Mentor Corp. ObTape Transobturator Sling Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2004), (2008-present) USDC Middle District of Georgia. Judge Clay D. Land.

51. In Re: Zicam Cold Remedy Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2096), (2012-present) USDC District of Arizona. Judge Frederick J. Martone.

52. In Re: Propecia (Finasteride) Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2331), (2012-present) USDC Eastern District of New York. Judge Victor Pohorelsky.

53. In Re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2385), (2012-present) USDC Southern District of Illinois. Chief Judge David R. Herndon.

54. In Re: Effexor XR Antitrust Litigation, (2012-present) USDC District of New Jersey Case No. 11-cv-5590-JAP. Judge Joel A. Pisano.

55. In Re: Pool Products Distribution Market Antitrust Litigation (MDL 2328), (2012-present) USDC Eastern District of Louisiana. Judge Sara Vance.

56. In Re: Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2329), (2012-present) USDC Northern District of Georgia. Judge William S. Duffey, Jr.

57. In Re: Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2342), (2012-present) USDC Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Cynthia M. Rufe.

58. In Re: Skelaxin (Metaxalone) Antitrust Litigation (MDL 2343), (2012-present) USDC Eastern District of Tennessee. Judge Curtis L. Collier.

59. In Re: Lipitor Antitrust Litigation (MDL 2389), (2012-present) USDC District of New Jersey. Judge Peter G. Sheridan.

60. In Re: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2391), (2012-present) USDC Northern District of Indiana. Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr.

61. In Re: Nexium (Esomeprazole Magnesium) Antitrust Litigation (MDL 2409), (2012-present) USDC District of Massachussetts. Judge William G. Young.

62. Arkansas Marlboro Lights Cigarettes Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, (2012-present) Case No. 60CV03-4661, Sixth Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Arkansas, Sixth Division, Judge Tim Fox.

63. Wisconsin Marlboro Lights Cigarettes Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, (2012-present) Case No. 09-cv-0597-LA, USDC Eastern District of Wisconsin, Judge Lynn Adelman.

64. Hawaii Marlboro Lights Cigarettes Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, (2012-present) Case No. 10-cv-0162-DAE-KSC, USDC District of Hawaii, Judge David A. Ezra.

65. Merck Pharmaceutical Co-Pay Litigation, (2012-present) Case No. 12-cv-3652-PGS-LHG, USDC District of New Jersey, Judge Michael A. Shipp.

66. Novartis Pharmaceutical Co-Pay Litigation, (2012-present) Case No. 12-cv-1403-ES-CLW, USDC District of New Jersey, Judge Esther Salas.

67. Pfizer Pharmaceutical Co-Pay Litigation, (2012-present) Case No. 12-cv-0764-DRH-PMF, USDC Southern District of Illinois, Chief Judge David R. Herndon.

68. In Re: Plavix Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation (No. II) (MDL 2418), (2013-present) USDC District of New Jersey, Trenton Division. Judge Freda L. Wolfson.

69. In Re: New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2419), (2012-present) USDC District of Massachusetts. Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV.

70. In Re: Fresenius GranuFlo/NaturaLyte Dialysate Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2428), (2012-present) USDC District of Massachussetts. Judge Douglas P. Woodlock.

71. International Paper – Bastrop, Louisiana Plant Emissions Litigation, (2013-present) Case No. 13-cv-0368-RGJ-MLH, USDC Western District of Louisiana, Judge Robert G. James.

72. In Re: Mirena IUD Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2434), (2013-present) USDC Southern District of New York. Judge Cathy Seibel.

73. In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2441), (2013-present) pending before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

74. In Re: Suboxone (Buprenorphine Hydrochloride And Naloxone) Antitrust Litigation (MDL 2445), (2013-present) pending before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

75. In Re: Effexor Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2458), (2013-present) pending before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.