Welcome to Critical MassLaw.com’s weekly briefing on class actions and mass torts. I’m Amanda Bronstad in Los Angeles. Women are increasingly getting appointments to MDL leadership posts – but they still make up less than 30%. A hearing set for Wednesday may provide the opportunity for a federal judge to consider appointing new counsel following a report on allegations of overbilling in the State Street settlement. In two talcum powder trials, one jury awarded $25.75 million, and the other hung.

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