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Does Pennsylvania Permit Manufacturing Defect Claims Involving Medical Devices?

I am writing to report about a recent dismissal of a manufacturing defect claim made against a medical device manufacturer in the USDC for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This decision is favorable to our clients that...more

Products Liability Cases Often Involve Complicated Issues, Such as When Competing Experts Disagree Over Cause of Car Accident

Because many automotive manufacturers or parts suppliers reside in or do business in Michigan, products liability cases arising from car accidents are frequently litigated in Michigan. These cases can be extremely...more

Texas Supreme Court Argument Preview (9/14)

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court will hear argument in three cases. The arguments will begin at 9:00 am, and you can watch them live. You can also watch the recording later at the same link....more

District Court Cleans Up Whirlpool Washing Machine Class Definition

Having requested and obtained certification of a class of consumers who had purchased a number of Whirlpool Duet model washers allegedly susceptible to serious mold problems, Plaintiffs later sought to limit the class so as...more

Certification of Cat Litter Class Action Denied For Lack of Sales Records and Uniform Exposure

Denying class certification in a kitty litter class action, the Northern District of California take a substantive step forward in aligning the District with the current trend of heightening the bar for ascertaining putative...more

Plaintiffs Sent Back to the Drawing Board in Mislabeling Suit Over “All Natural” and “Fat Free” Claims on Frito-Lay Rold Gold...

Judge Samuel Conti of the Northern District of California recently issued another blow to class action plaintiffs—this time at the motion to dismiss stage—in Figy v. Frito-Lay N. Am., Inc., Case No. 13-3988-SC (N.D. Cal. Aug....more

CAFA: Recent Developments on the Jurisdictional and Settlement Fronts

Since Congress enacted the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) in 2005, the nation’s class action litigation has increasingly migrated to the federal stage, with plaintiffs bringing more class actions directly to federal court...more

Take-Home Exposure Claims Under Review by California's High Court

On August 20, 2014, the California Supreme Court granted petitions for review in two published decisions that reached different conclusions on whether a defendant owed a duty for take-home exposures. Both matters (Haver v....more

In re Paulsboro Derailment Cases: Putting the Brakes on Defendants’ Momentum Regarding Recent Ascertainability Developments Within...

In a recent unpublished decision, Judge Robert B. Kugler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey addressed the rapidly developing “ascertainability” requirement in class action litigation within the...more

Pennsylvania Does Not Recognize Duty to Warn an Employee’s Spouse

District court predicts that Pennsylvania will not recognize a duty to protect or warn the spouse of an employee in “take home” or “household” asbestos exposure cases. On August 26, Judge Eduardo C. Robreno of the U.S....more

Injured Sailors May Seek Punitive Damages in the Asbestos MDL

U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who oversees asbestos multidistrict litigation, issued a decision in July permitting injured sailors to seek punitive damage awards. In Re:...more

The Government Contractor Defense

The government contractor defense is a potentially dispositive defense that can be raised by contractor-defendants in certain product liability cases. Understanding the basics of this defense, and in particular the...more

Update: California Supreme Court to Review Secondary Asbestos Exposure Cases

In Sedgwick’s June 2014 Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update, we reported on two conflicting decisions from different California appellate courts regarding companies’ duty to prevent “take home exposures” to asbestos...more

LITIGATION ALERT: Texas Supreme Court Limits the Application of the Economic Loss Rule

In Texas, the economic loss rule has been applied by courts to prevent a plaintiff from recovering purely economic losses in a negligence or strict liability action. In products liability cases, when a loss results from the...more

Ongoing Reglan Litigation — New Appellate Ruling

Earlier this week, a Missouri appeals court issued an opinion that will hopefully have a significant impact on ongoing litigation against the manufacturers of metoclopramide, the generic version of Reglan. In this latest...more

Brand Name Drug Maker Can be Liable for Injuries from a Generic Version

The Alabama Supreme Court in Wyeth v. Weeks has reaffirmed its ruling in a case questioning whether a brand-name drug maker can be held liable for injuries from a generic version. Plaintiffs Danny and Vicki Weeks sued...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - August 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Rulings ..Court Dismisses Some of Plaintiff’s Claims In Pretzel Class Action ..Courts Increasingly Rely on FDA Notice to Stay or Dismiss ECJ Claims ..Court Dismisses...more

The Mazda 3 Lock – alleged “shoddy goods” are not always defective

Following a common issues trial solely on questions of liability, Justice Viens of the Quebec Superior Court found that there was no liability with respect to the allegedly defective locking mechanism in Mazda 3 vehicles’...more

Lanham Act Claims Are Not Precluded by Compliance with the FDCA

In POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co., decided last month, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that companies can bring unfair competition actions under the Lanham Act even when their competitors have complied with the Federal...more

The Absolute Pollution Exclusion May Not Be That “Absolute”

The Absolute Pollution Exclusion (“APE”) contained in current general liability insurance policies excludes coverage for costs related to the cleanup of environmental pollution. Insurance companies have taken the position...more

Class Action Suit Against Sunflower Seed Manufacturer Dismissed as Implausible

In a recent food mislabeling case, Judge Manuel Real of the Central District of California dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit finding the plaintiffs’ claims to be implausible as a matter of law. Last year, Judge Real...more

Alabama Supreme Court Reaffirms That Plaintiffs Who Use Generic Drugs Can Recover From Brand-Name Manufacturers

On August 15, 2014, the Alabama Supreme Court held for the second time in Wyeth v. Weeks, No. 1101397 (Ala. 2014) that a plaintiff who took only the generic version of the heartburn medication Reglan could nevertheless...more

Florida High Court to Decide If Party Must Object to a Fundamentally Inconsistent Verdict to Preserve Issue

The Florida Supreme Court has accepted review of a Third District case involving whether a party waives a challenge to a fundamentally inconsistent verdict by failing to object before the jury is discharged. See Coba v....more

Asbestos Alert: Failure To Recognize A Defendant’s Name Insufficient To Support Summary Judgment

Ganoe v. Metalclad Insulation Corp. - California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (July 21, 2014) - Metalclad was an insulation contractor. Mark Ganoe worked in Department 132 at Goodyear Tire &...more

Class Certified in Homeopathic Products Case

The plaintiffs’ theory of harm drove a recent decision from the Central District of California certifying a nationwide class of purchasers of ten homeopathic products. Allen v. Hyland’s Inc., Case No. 12-01150 (C.D. Cal. Aug....more

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