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Shareholder Melanie Bailey Appointed to the Elmiron Steering Committee

By Heidi Culbertson

February 10, 2021  

Burg Simpson shareholder Melanie S. Bailey was recently appointed by federal district Judge Brian R. Martinotti to help lead a multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Bailey will serve on the Elmiron MDL Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) and help advance the centralized litigation on behalf of all plaintiffs. The Elmiron lawsuits, centralized in the District of New Jersey, allege plaintiffs suffered retinal injuries, most notably atypical or pigmentary maculopathy, after taking Elmiron for the treatment of a chronic bladder condition known as interstitial cystitis. Although first approved by the FDA in 1996, Janssen did not warn of pigmentary changes in the retina associated with the use of Elmiron until June 2020 when it updated the label for the prescription drug. Ms. Bailey is looking forward to serving in a leadership role with a diverse and talented group of attorneys to pursue this litigation on behalf of clients and consumers who suffered injuries from Elmiron.

About Melanie Bailey

Burg Simpson shareholder Melanie Bailey practices in the areas of complex civil litigation, pharmaceutical and general products liability, multi-district litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, and class action litigation. During her tenure at Burg Simpson, Ms. Bailey has also devoted time to working on pharmaceutical cases, such as Ortho Evra, contaminated Heparin, Yasmin/Yaz, and Depakote. She has also litigated several product liability cases for defective medical devices, such as hip replacements and knee replacements. Melanie is currently handling a class action lawsuit against Ambetter Insurance, and is investigating consumer based claims regarding multiple complaints about the insufficiency of their insurance plans. Ms. Bailey is a highly skilled attorney and a strong advocate who fights for her clients to maximize financial recoveries and secure the best possible outcome to their legal matters.

About Burg Simpson

One of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine,  has a reputation for fighting relentlessly and successfully for victims of negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and abuse. Burg Simpson has secured more than $1 billion in verdicts, settlements, and judgments in practice areas spanning catastrophic personal injury, mass tort and class actions regarding dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and devices, medical malpractice, complex commercial and business litigation, construction defects, and workers’ compensation. The firm’s success has also included more than 200 recoveries in excess of $1 million.

Burg Simpson was founded in 1976 by distinguished American trial lawyer Michael BurgMr. Burg is an inductee in the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award. He has also been named to the 2016 RoundTable: America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers by The Trial Lawyer magazine; Law Week’s “Barrister’s Best” as “Best Civil Litigator”; and one of “America’s 50 Leading Trial Lawyers” by the U.S. Legal 500. Mr. Burg has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers®. Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine now has more than 70 lawyers and over 90 legal professionals. The firm is based in Colorado and has offices in Ohio, Arizona, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

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