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Medical Monitoring Class Certification Fails

by Reed Smith on

Normally, when we think of decisions relating to medical monitoring, the issue is whether a state will recognize medical monitoring for uninjured people as a separate claim or relief that can be sought under an existing...more

Guest Post – Before the Flood: Fifth Circuit Oral Argument on Writ of Mandamus From Pinnacle Hip Implant MDL

by Reed Smith on

Today’s guest post is by Reed Smith Houston office associate Curtis Waldo. Given the Noachic weather down there recently, one might ask “where’s Waldo?” The answer is safe and sound, if not quite high and dry. Curt is...more

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

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

Rx IP Update - July 2017

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Supreme Court of Canada strikes down "promise doctrine", upholds AstraZeneca’s NEXIUM patent as useful - As previously reported, on June 30, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada granted AstraZeneca’s appeal in the NEXIUM...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

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

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

Private Needle Exchange Programs Do Not Require Local Approval: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Weighs In

Last week, in a case being watched locally and nationally, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled that local government approval is not required for the operation of a private needle exchange program and that...more

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of TCPA Claims on Grounds of Prior Express Consent

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In Zean v. Fairview Health Services, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed the district court's dismissal of a putative class action complaint under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....more

TCPA Class Action Tossed out After Hospital Provides Records Indicating Consent

Central Florida Regional Hospital (the Hospital) was released from a proposed class action last week for its alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The Hospital’s debt collector, Transworld...more

HIPAA spring check-up: Your obligations to safeguard third-party patient health information in medical records produced in...

You’ve had your apple a day, but you can’t keep the subpoenas away… And, if your organization is facing a request seeking records or other materials that may contain patient health information (“PHI”), it bears...more

“Pre-Approval” Design Defects - No Such Thing

by Reed Smith on

As our post-Levine preemption cheat sheet demonstrates, Mensing/Bartlett preemption is breathing down the necks of all prescription drug design defect claims. Recent cases finding preemption of design defect claims due to...more

Rite Aid Wins Summary Judgment in TCPA Action Involving Prerecorded, Automated Call for Flu Shot Reminder

In an outright win for pharmacies, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in the attached opinion, granted Rite Aid’s motion for summary judgment in a class action alleging violations of the TCPA....more

Court Upholds DOJ Antitrust Lawsuit Challenging Carolinas HealthCare System’s Anti-Steering Provisions

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Despite a recent decision by the Second Circuit suggesting that anti-steering contractual provisions in other industries may not be anticompetitive, DOJ’s lawsuit (United States v. Carolinas HealthCare System) against...more

On Alternative Design, Take Two - Negligence

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Back in 2013, inspired by a win of our own that we were actually allowed to blog about, we put up a post entitled “On Alternative Design.” Taking the alternative design requirement for strict liability as a given, we...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Branded Drug Preemption and Trial Win

by Reed Smith on

In the aftermath of Levine, with its generous interpretation of the CBE regulation and its novel “clear evidence” standard, we wondered how long it would be until we saw a court holding that a failure to warn claim with a...more

Non-Physician Learned Intermediaries

by Reed Smith on

One of us was asked a question the other day that we couldn’t answer immediately. “Does the learned intermediary rule apply to a physician’s assistant?” We didn’t remember any cases actually deciding that issue. So we did...more

TCPA Violations Claimed Against Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego (Rady) was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court this week for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for autodialed debt-collection calls...more

Litigation Alert: The Third Circuit Holds That Allegations That Personal Information Was Improperly Disclosed in Violation of the...

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Last week, the Third Circuit held that allegations of the unauthorized disclosure of personal information in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) constituted a de facto injury sufficient to confer standing at the...more

Do Routine Calls by Health Plans to Patients and Health Plan Members Constitute “Telemarketing” Under the Telephone Consumer...

Covered entities have a long list of laws and regulations governing their conduct, including their communications with patients, customers, and members. Specifically, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...more

Enough is Enough: Court Dismisses TCPA Class Action Against A Health Plan That Placed Reminder Calls To Its Members That They...

Plaintiffs across the country have continued to file class actions against companies of all stripe for violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), often for communications far afield from the classic...more

Lipitor MDL Court Grants Pfizer’s Omnibus Summary Judgment Motion: No Evidence of Causation

by Reed Smith on

For those of us who spend large chunks of our professional lives in mass tort MDLs, expressions like “settlement inventory” are ubiquitous. It is too easy to lose sight of the fact that these expressions put the rabbit in the...more

The Pits – The Worst Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions Of 2016

by Reed Smith on

The “pits of hell,” “black as a pit,” a “bad feeling in the pit of my stomach” – that’s how we feel about 2016’s bottom ten decisions of the year arising from prescription medical product liability litigation. This year’s...more

Awful Missouri Venue/Joinder Ruling Offers Way Out – Take It!

by Reed Smith on

Even after having read it through twice, we find the result in Barron v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ S.W.3d ___, 2016 WL 6596091 (Mo. App. Nov. 8, 2016), hard to fathom, and even harder to stomach. For several years after...more

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