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New Favorable Risperdal Decisions

by Reed Smith on

Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug prescribed to treat serious mental conditions – schizophrenia, manic depression, and autism – allegedly causes some male users to develop abnormal breast tissue growth. Particularly when...more

Causation Testimony Excluded in Heart-Lung Bypass Machine Death Case – Again

by Reed Smith on

Not even three weeks ago, back on July 28, we discussed the court’s rigorous application of Daubert in excluding expert medical causation opinions in Smith v. Terumo Cardiovascular Sys. Corp., a federal case in the district...more

Compensatory Damages Allowed to Stand in Depakote Trial, Despite Adequate Warnings and Lack of Warnings Causation

by Reed Smith on

We are beginning to feel like the Drug and Device Law theatre critic. Or perhaps we should say “theatre cheerleader,” as we rarely wax critical (at least about the stuff we include in our blog posts). Last week, we saw the...more

The Luck of The Draw: A Strong Preemption Ruling from an Anticoagulant MDL

by Reed Smith on

We have offered our view that cases seeking to impose liability based on well-known risks found with an entire class of prescription medications tend to be weak. We think design defect claims usually are clearly preempted in...more

Comment K and Non-Implanted Medical Devices

by Reed Smith on

About two years ago, in our post “How Does a Bad Idea Get Implanted,” we discussed what at the time seemed a California peculiar argument that the “unavoidably unsafe” product doctrine epitomized by Restatement (Second) of...more

How Not To Create an “Exception” to the Learned Intermediary Rule

by Reed Smith on

We’ve heard more about the constitutional “emoluments clause,” Art 1 §9, clause 8, this year than during the entire rest of our legal careers. But while it’s illegal for anybody working for the U.S. government to accept...more

The Rule of Law is the Best Medicine, Part 2

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Last week, we summarized PhRMA’s comments on the FDA’s proposed amendments to regulations regarding “intended uses.” PhRMA showed how the FDA’s insistence that it could read manufacturer’s minds about intended uses made no...more

Pro Te: Solutio - Vol. 10 No. 2 – Spring 2017

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It’s Spring! In this issue of Pro Te, we do a little a “spring cleaning” to brush the dust off some familiar topics that we consider in day-to-day pharmaceutical litigation. In The Forgotten Element? Warnings Proximate...more

Post-BMS Personal Jurisdiction Cheat Sheet

by Reed Smith on

In the wake of the defense wins during the last Supreme Court term in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, 137 S.Ct. 1773 (2017) (“BMS”), and BNSF Ry. Co. v. Tyrell, 137 S. Ct. 1549 (2017), we’re retiring the personal...more

Causation Testimony Excluded as “Unhelpful” and “Unreliable” in Heart-Lung Machine Death Case

by Reed Smith on

One of the wonders of parenthood is its ability to deliver interludes so sublime in their exquisite simplicity that they provoke smiles long after they end. Such was an evening last week when we journeyed to New York to...more

Guest Post – Causation or No Causation, That Is the Question.

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Today we feature another guest post from our European correspondents, Reed Smith partner Marilyn Moberg and associate Kathryn Bond. There has been another EU development from the Court of Justice (its description, not ours)...more

A Sometimes Overlooked Fact About Express Warranty

by Reed Smith on

The warranty is “express.” Before you say, “Well, duh,” this sometimes actually does matter. Here’s how. Most complaints in product liability actions involving prescription medical products that include express warranty...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Expert in Hip Implant Case

by Reed Smith on

We just got tickets to see “Wicked” again (we think this will be the fourth or fifth time). Since we first saw it (on Broadway in 2003, featuring Idina Menzel’s Tony-winning performance), we have loved this quirky and...more

A Victory for Reliable Scientific Opinion in the Third Circuit

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A recent Third Circuit decision reinforces that courts must rigorously review - and opposing parties should challenge - the reliability of experts' methodologies. In In re Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability...more

FDA’s Denial of Citizen’s Petition “Clear” Enough for Preemption of Failure-to-Warn Claims

The Tenth Circuit recently upheld a Utah district court’s finding that a branded drug manufacturer could not be held liable for failing to warn consumers about alleged birth defect risks when the FDA had previously rejected a...more

Boxed Warnings and Adequacy as a Matter of Law

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One of the (many) things that made last year’s decision in Barron v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ S.W.3d ___, 2016 WL 6596091 (Mo. App. Nov. 8, 2016), so hideous that it weighed in at #3 of our worst decisions of the year...more

Personal Jurisdiction Update In Supreme Court’s Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court

by Weintraub Tobin on

Several weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of Cal., No. 16-466, 581 U.S. —, 2017 WL 2621322 (June 19, 2017) (“Bristol-Myers Squibb”). The more than 600...more

California Is At It Again On Personal Jurisdiction

by Reed Smith on

Maybe we should not be surprised when courts within California reach to find personal jurisdiction over out-of-state corporations even when non-Californians sue. That is what BMS v. Superior Court was all about. Right? ...more

A Double Whammy for California Design Defect Claims

by Reed Smith on

Finally, some good news out of California – at least when personal jurisdiction isn’t the issue. Design and warning defects were the questions presented in Trejo v. Johnson & Johnson, ___ Cal. Rptr.3d ___, 2017 WL 2825803...more

Justice Thomas’ Concurring Opinion in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker: A Useful Reminder

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On June 12th, the Supreme Court issued its unsurprising decision in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, addressing a relatively recent twist concerning the appealability of orders denying class certification. The case resulted in...more

New Mexico Wrongful Conduct Rule Shuts Down Opioid Case Against Pharmacist

by Reed Smith on

New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment, but when it comes to law it is the Land of You Can’t Make this Up. You might think it weird that New Mexico’s state constitution (Article VII, section 1) specifies that idiots...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Narrow Application Of Specific Jurisdiction Will Impede Forum Shopping In Class Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court of California, et al., No. 16-466 (U.S. June 19, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court articulated the narrow circumstances under which specific jurisdiction will...more

Eleventh Circuit Gets It Wrong on Preemption

by Reed Smith on

We have a point of view. Our readers understand that we represent folks on the right side of the v., and our posts tend to read cases and legal trends with a pro-defense bent, although you can rest assured that we put a lot...more

SCOTUS Squashes Class Action Plaintiff Attempt to Obtain Review of Class Certification

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The reality of class action litigation is that what is supposed to be the court’s preliminary decision of whether to certify a case as a class action is often the end of the litigation. In many cases, plaintiffs will not...more

Class Action Defendants Win Home Court Advantage in Supreme Court Ruling on Specific Jurisdiction in Bristol-Myers Case

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a decisive 8-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a theory of specific jurisdiction that would allow a state court to assert specific jurisdiction over the claims of out-of-state plaintiffs whose claims were not...more

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