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Mass Tort Designation -- Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch Litigation

A previous notice advised of the application made to the Supreme Court for designation of all New Jersey state court litigation involving the Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch as a mass tort and assignment of that litigation for coordinated and centralized management purposes to the Middlesex Vicinage. That application was submitted pursuant to Rule 4:38A and the Mass Tort Guidelines as promulgated by Directive #11-03. The Court received no comments regarding the application. This notice is to advise that the Supreme Court, after considering the application, has designated the Ortho Evra state court litigation as a mass tort and assigned it to Judge Bryan Garruto in the Middlesex Vicinage for centralized management purposes. Published with this notice is the Supreme Court's October 10 order . That order, along with Judge Garruto's October 13 case management order, also is posted in the Mass Tort Information Center on the Judiciary's internet web site (www.njcourtsonline.com).

Questions concerning this matter may be directed to
Michelle V. Perone, Esq.;
Chief, Civil Court Programs;
Administrative Office of the Courts,
Hughes Justice Complex,
P.O. Box 981,
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0981;
telephone (609) 984-5431;
e-mail address michelle.perone@judiciary.state.nj.us

Philip S. Carchman, J.A.D.
Acting Administrative Director of the Courts
Dated: October 13, 2006

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