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On January 20, 2015, the U.S Supreme Court denied cert in Teva v. Superior Court of California, Orange County, refusing to review a California state court ruling allowing patients to proceed with claims that Teva...more
A federal district court has held that design defect claims against a brand pharmaceutical manufacturer are preempted by federal law. Booker v. Johnson & Johnson, No. 3:12 oe 40000, 2014 WL 5113305 (N.D. Ohio Oct. 10,...more
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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division tried, as it had before, to have its upcoming federal transvaginal mesh case thrown out of court. The healthcare giant was unsuccessful.
On July 8, Judge Joseph Goodwin, who is...more
In a recent decision issuing from the Central District of California, the court evaluated requirements pertaining to federal preemption and pleading, and granted Medtronic, Inc. and Medtronic Sofamor Danek, USA, Inc.’s...more
On June 24, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. Inc. v. Bartlett, 570 U.S. ____ (2013), finding that design-defect claims against generic drug companies are pre-empted where...more
Announcing a “nuanced” approach to Federal Aviation Act of 1958 preemption, the Ninth Circuit has further narrowed the scope of federal preemption in the aviation field. In this client alert, we summarize the new framework...more
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Medical Device Companies should be aware of a recent en banc ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that has the potential to increase litigation involving class III medical devices....more
Welly-wanging, Elvis memorabilia, insider trading and the usual neat contracts cases -- all this and more in the BLG Monthly Update for 2012!...more
In medical device cases, preemption will hunt you down.
In Hinkel v. St. Jude Medical, S.C. Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 56322 (E.D. La. April 23, 2012), the plaintiff survived removal and discovery only to be caught by...more
In This Issue:
*United States Supreme Court Holds Federal Locomotive Inspection Act Preempts Entire Field of Regulating Locomotive Equipment, Including State Law Claims Alleging Defective Design or Failure to Warn Based...more
Our first reaction upon reading Metz v. Wyeth, 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 42432 (M.D. Fla. March 28, 2012), is boy, this case has a little of everything! After it was over, the plaintiffs must have felt a little like the French...more
You all know we love preemption. So, when two favorable medical device preemption decisions are entered on the same day, well that’s a two-fer we can’t wait to blog about. In both cases, plaintiffs tried to plead and argue...more
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"Judge Breyer upheld his initial decision from October that the case should be exported abroad based on a legal doctrine called forum non conveniens, which allows courts to reject U.S. jurisdiction if there is an adequate and...more
On Wednesday, we discussed the relevant parts of pending tort reform legislation. Earlier in the month we updated our favorite federalist point, which is that federal courts should not issue expansive interpretations of state...more
Catherine Sharkey, one of the leading academic commentators on preemption in the administrative context, has released a new article on the subject, entitled "Inside Agency Preemption." Here's a link to an online copy of the...more
A couple of months ago, we provided our stream-of-consciousness impressions of the Mensing/Demahy generic preemption argument to the Supreme Court. As we mentioned then, we were all set to write an obituary on generic...more
Since Chief Justice John Roberts’ appointment in 2005, three more new justices have joined the United States Supreme Court—Justice Samuel Alito in 2006, Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2009, and Justice Elena Kagan last year....more
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, ruled that the National Childhood Vaccine Act of 1986 (NCVIA) preempts state-law design defect claims against vaccine manufacturers. [See Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC, FKA Wyeth, Inc.]...more
The Supreme Court recently issued a ruling in the case of Bruesewitz v Wyeth that severely limits the liability of vaccine manufacturers, thereby decreased accountability for producing safe vaccines.
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