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Product Liability Update: January 2016

Supreme Court Holds Defendant Cannot Moot Putative Class Action by Making Unaccepted Offer of Judgment for Complete Relief to Representative Plaintiff - In Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857, 2016 U.S. LEXIS 846 (S....more

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2016 – What It Can Mean For Consumer Product Manufacturers

Last year, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte (R. Va.), proposed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015-2016 (H.R. 1927). The Act passed the House last week on January 8, 2016, and is...more

The New One-Two Is Back

A couple of years ago the one-two punch was all the rage in prescription drug cases. “One-two punch” has been our moniker for decisions where plaintiffs ingested only generic drugs, but tried to hedge their bets, given the...more

Lawsuit “Immunity” for the Gun Industry and What the PLCAA Really Says

Do gun manufacturers really have blanket immunity from lawsuits? No, not even close. The 2016 campaign season has brought a big dose of gun policy debate, and some candidates have claimed that gun manufacturers have...more

Texas Court’s Writ of Mandamus Relieves Discovery Pressures on Tire Manufacturer

A court in Harris County, Texas provided relief to Michelin North America Inc. in a case involving allegedly defective tires when it threatened to issue a writ of mandamus in favor of the tire manufacturer. The Texas...more

Definition of Insanity – Expecting Certification of a Personal Injury Class Action

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” We thought of that definition when we read Shepherd v. Vintage Pharmaceuticals, LLC, ___ F. Supp.3d...more

Xarelto — National Drug Litigation

November has proven to be a very busy month for Searcy Denney and its Xarelto clients, with the firm filing several new individual lawsuits on behalf of its clients besides participating in the national discovery efforts. ...more

Opening the Courts to Seat Belt Non-Use Evidence

The Texas Supreme Court’s ruling in Nabors Well Services, Ltd. v. Romero, 456 S.W.3d 553 (Tex. 2015) has re-opened the national debate about whether courts should admit evidence of seat belt non-usage in lawsuits arising from...more

Lost Chance Loses In Product Liability

Occasionally we see plaintiff-side experts attempt to opine, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty (or sometimes probability), that one of our clients’ products was a substantial factor – not in “causing” the purported...more

Manufacturers and Suppliers Win Big in Pennsylvania Economic Loss Doctrine Argument

The economic loss doctrine (ELD) in Pennsylvania "precludes recovery for negligence 'if the plaintiff suffers a loss that is exclusively economic, unaccompanied by an injury to either property or person.'" Elliot-Lewis Corp...more

Summary Judgment Upheld in Boston Scientific Vaginal Mesh Case

On February 9, 2009, a North Carolina resident was implanted with the Obtryx Transobturator Mid-Urethral sling. This patient filed suit against the maker of her vaginal mesh, Boston Scientific (“Boston”), asserting claims of...more

Georgia Supreme Court Interprets the Apportionment Statute in Conjunction with the Workers' Compensation Act

This month, the Georgia Supreme Court further extended the reach of the Georgia law addressing the apportionment of liability in tort cases in the case of Walker, et al. v. Tensor Machinery, et al. The Court had recently...more

Federal Judge Remands Viagra Case to State Court

In February 2015, sixteen plaintiffs sued Pfizer, the maker of Viagra, alleging that their ingestion of Viagra between 1998 and 2013 caused them to develop melanoma. Plaintiffs asserted the following cause of actions: breach...more

Preemption 201 – Recent Cases Raising Specialized Issues

In case you haven’t noticed, we like preemption. We’ve even called ourselves “obsessed” with it. And with good reason. Preemption, where it’s available, is the most powerful defense around – capable of wiping out an entire...more

Whose Choice Is It Anyway? Split Decisions Over Choice of Law and The Impact On Your Defense Strategy

Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a unit of Johnson & Johnson, has been embroiled in a mass tort MDL in Philadelphia for its anti-psychotic drug, Risperdal, for almost a year now. So far in 2015, the juries have split – two in...more

Largely Thankful For The Second Circuit Striking A Blow Against Generalized Proof of Causation

This being the week of Thanksgiving, we would be remiss to fail to weave in something about the great American (or ‘merican) holiday of giving thanks, eating turkey, watching football, and pondering the influence of the...more

Ghostbusters – Phantom “Parallel Claim” Exorcized by Generic Drug Preemption

With claims related to warnings, design, and recall all preempted, plaintiffs seeking to sue makers of generic drugs don’t have many options. After all, as we’ve discussed before, if state common law can’t require changing a...more

J & J Files Cert Petition in Massachusetts Supreme Court’s Unsupportable Rejection of Preemption Defense in Reckis TEN/Children’s...

Back in April, we blogged about the Massachusetts Supreme Court’s head-scratching rejection of defendants’ preemption defense in Reckis v. Johnson & Johnson, 471 Mass. 272, 2015 Mass. LEXIS 169 (Mass. April 17, 2015). As...more

Southern District of Illinois Court Denies Motion to Exclude “Every Exposure” Opinion

On September 21, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois denied a defendant’s motion in limine to exclude expert testimony in an asbestos case. Judge Staci M. Yandle denied General...more

The Ghost of Bendectin – Exorcized by the FDA?

Not quite two years ago, we posted about how, under Wyeth v. Levine, 555 U.S. 555 (2009), and subsequent Supreme Court cases, private plaintiffs can’t make claims that so-and-so should have warned about such-and-such with...more

Florida Supreme Court on Evidence of Collateral Source Benefits

Ruling Makes It More Difficult for Defendants to Deal with Claims for Future Medical Expenses at Trial - It is not uncommon for a defendant in a product liability case at trial to be faced with an inflated and...more

Judge Severs Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

In November 2011, a Maryland woman underwent surgery at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Maryland where Dr. Jeffrey Welgoss implanted her with a sling manufactured by Ethicon. The patient asserts that she continued to experience...more

Evening Things Out Some With Trial Evidence Rulings In A Bellwether Case

We have no personal anecdote to share, no movie to discuss, no holiday theme to weave in, and no (self-described) clever theme for our post. It is a beautiful fall day where we have a relative lull in our slate of...more

Punitive Damages – How Much Increased Risk Is Enough?

Back in 2009 – when the blog was still a Bexis/Herrmann operation – we wrote a catch-all punitive damages post entitled (oddly enough) “On Punitive Damages.” That post identified and briefly discussed a variety of punitive...more

Warnings Causation Sinks "Failure to Update" Claim

This post is not from the Dechert side of the blog. “Failure to update” claims have multiple problems. You probably already know what we are referring to. Federal law requires that generic drug manufacturers...more

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