Dennis Canty is a trial lawyer with a practice focused on defective drugs and devices, consumer class actions, unfair business practices, and false advertising. He is an experienced litigator in state and federal courts nationwide, and over the years has pursued these and other complex business, personal injury, real estate and bankruptcy matters through mediation, arbitration, trial and appeal.
In Re: Actos Product Liability Cases
Appointed to Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings.
In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation
Discovery Committee Member. On behalf of all MDL plaintiffs, responsible for negotiations regarding the scope and format of ESI production.
In Re: Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents Products Liability Litigation
Mr. Canty was a member of the trial team that, following an order granting a preferential trial setting in California state court coordinated proceedings, brought the case to the courthouse steps, trial ready, in just nine months. This included completing essentially all general liability discovery against certain defendants, to the common benefit of all MDL plaintiffs, as well as all case-specific discovery, expert discovery and dispositive motion practice.
Mr. Canty also took depositions and conducted informal interviews of defendant's IT personnel to ensure proper identification, preservation and collection of ESI. Following successful motion practice, defendants were ordered to appear before the MDL court with appropriate technical personnel and equipment, for investigation of discoverable ESI. Mr. Canty represented all plaintiffs in negotiating agreements on the scope of format of production and stipulated case management orders governing the use of ESI at deposition and trial.
In Re: Seroquel Products Liability Litigation
Mr. Canty represented all MDL plaintiffs in efforts to obtain relevant electronically stored information (ESI) from the defendants. This effort included depositions, production requests, motion practice, regular meetings with a court-appointed special master for ESI, mediations, and related hearings. Mr. Canty worked extensively with vendors and attorneys on both sides to achieve proper preservation, collection, processing and production of ESI. Defendants ultimately produced to plaintiffs nearly all ESI (including email, MS Office documents, multimedia files, and data extracted from databases) in native or near-native format. Mr. Canty represented all MDL plaintiffs on a motion for sanctions against defendants after they failed to meet their obligations to timely and completely produce relevant ESI. Following a day-long evidentiary hearing on the motion, the court determined that sanctions would be imposed for the defendants' "purposeful sluggishness" in production and failure to make electronic discovery that was "complete, reliable or in proper technical format." In Re: Seroquel Products Liability Litigation, 244 F.R.D. 650.
Mr. Canty also prepared and presented expert witnesses at Daubert hearings in the case scheduled first for trial in the country.