Stuart Ratzan has been appointed by the court to the Plaintiff’s Executive Committee (PEC) and Kimberly Boldt has been selected by her peers to serve on the Law & Briefing Committee in multidistrict litigation (MDL) against global medical device manufacturers over allegedly defective port catheters. Ratzan and Boldt are partners at Ratzan Weissman & Boldt (RWB) in Miami. Their careers have included some of the most complex medical malpractice and catastrophic negligence cases in the U.S.

The mass tort litigation is expected to encompass tens of thousands of lawsuits nationwide. Plaintiffs in the MDL allege that defective implanted port catheters caused severe injuries and complications, including hemorrhage, cardiac/pericardial tamponade, cardiac arrhythmia, infection, sepsis, thromboembolism and even death.

Ratzan will chair the Trial Committee for the Bard Implanted Port Catheter Products Liability Litigation (MDL 3081) and will serve on its PEC and Bellwether Committee. As chair of the Trial Committee, Ratzan will play a pivotal role in helping to manage the proceedings, leading trial strategy and ensuring the efficient resolution of cases. On the Bellwether Committee, he will help guide the selection of a handful of cases to be tried as tests, reflecting the broader range of cases in the MDL.

Ratzan is the only Florida attorney to serve on the PEC, where he and his team will help direct the legal issues pertaining to the matter, such as advancing the plaintiffs’ common interests in prosecuting the product liability and legal issues against the defendants, in addition to streamlining all pretrial proceedings and promoting efficiency on the process of legal research and memoranda.

Boldt will serve on the Law & Briefing Committee where she will handle legal briefing and conduct research to support arguments in the case, along with other members of the committee.

“Our mission is nothing short of securing full accountability from those who have been negligent, and ensuring consumers are safe from faulty products going forward,” Ratzan said. “Our Plaintiff’s Executive Committee is focused on ensuring that those affected by this defective device find their path to justice, that their voices are heard, and that the danger in this product is removed once and for all. To that end, it’s important that we earn a justified verdict in this MDL.”

The plaintiffs accuse C.R. Bard Inc., Becton, Dickinson and Co., and Bard Access Systems Inc. of negligent design, with the port's catheter components containing an excessive concentration of barium sulfate and misrepresenting the safety of catheter devices used for intravenous (IV) therapies, including medication, fluids and parenteral nutrition, without the need to repeatedly access a peripheral vein. The defendants also face strict liability claims that the devices were defective, unreasonably dangerous and lacked proper warnings.

Ratzan represents plaintiffs Dana Beltz and Lori Prentice in the litigation, which is consolidated before U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell in the District of Arizona. Trials are expected to begin in Spring 2026 and last three years. RWB will use its internal pre-trial focus groups throughout the litigation, which includes a mock trial process in which the legal team conducts a series of mock trials to thoroughly review the relevant facts, issues and arguments to decide on the most appropriate trial strategy.

About Ratzan Weissman & Boldt

Based in Miami, Florida, Raztan Weissman & Boldt is a litigation firm focused on catastrophic injury and wrongful death. The firm represents individuals, families and consumers harmed or killed by medical malpractice or the negligence of others and helps victims of commercial misconduct gain powerful legal recourse. 

About Stuart Ratzan

Stuart Ratzan is founding shareholder of Ratzan Weissman & Boldt, where he resolves some of the most significant cases heard in state and federal courtrooms in Florida and throughout the U.S. His more than 30 years of experience in handling nationwide catastrophic brain injury and medical malpractice cases and successfully obtaining multiple multimillion-dollar judgments and settlements on behalf of clients and their families have earned him the highest recognition by his peers and the most respected national legal publications. Stuart Ratzan is a cum laude graduate of Amherst College in Amherst, MA. He graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991.

About Kimberly Boldt

Kimberly Boldt is a board certified civil appellate lawyer and named partner at Ratzan Weissman & Boldt. She has substantial experience in complex civil litigation and appeals in both state and federal court. Her experience includes complex commercial disputes, medical malpractice, products liability, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, class actions and cases involving catastrophic loss and wrongful death. Her reported appellate decisions (over 100) address an array of legal issues in these categories and others.

Outside of work, she helps local nonprofits through role as Co-President of IMPACT 100 Palm Beach County, a women-led organization of over 800 women who come together each year to create lasting change in their community by collectively funding $100,000 grants to local nonprofits. Last year IMPACT 100 Palm Beach County awarded eight $100,000 grants and hopes to exceed that amount this year.