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Smoke Screens & Side Shows

by Reed Smith on

We confess, we can’t think of any good reason for admitting evidence concerning product risks that the plaintiff in a particular case never actually encountered – yet plaintiffs try it with a straight face all the time. It’s...more

Tort Reform Bill to Narrow Definition of Employee in Medical Negligence Actions

by Lathrop & Gage LLP on

SB 237 is a bill designed to limit the liability of hospitals and other healthcare providers for the actions or omissions of those who are not within a narrow definition of “employee.” SB 237 is designed as a legislative fix...more

WDNY Holds that Tysabri Warnings are Adequate as Matter of Law and that Product Liability Claims are Preempted

by Reed Smith on

However a drug/device product liability is styled, it will almost always be focused on a claim of failure to warn. Why do plaintiffs insist on inserting a cause of action for manufacturing liability when there is not a whiff...more

Families turn to courts to protect difficult end-of-life choices

Many hospitals and doctors rightly have campaigned to get more patients to provide information in advance about their end-of-life care choices, but doesn’t that mean that the choices when made should be respected? And if...more

Vast – Or at Least Half-Vast – Conspiracy Claim Dismissed

by Reed Smith on

Imagine a conspiracy so vast that it includes not only your usual plaintiff-side fantasy of the FDA conspiring with a drug company, but also high FDA officials, President Obama, Robert Mercer (noted Trump supporter and...more

Is Your Arbitration Agreement Enforceable?

by Snell & Wilmer on

Health care providers may favor arbitration due to the perception that it is a faster, less expensive alternative to litigation. State and federal policy favors arbitration for the same reasons.  Because of the strong public...more

Another Step Toward Reasonable Preemption Case Law

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last month, the Sixth Circuit affirmed a complete defense verdict for Abbott Laboratories Inc. which was based in part on branded drug preemption. Rheinfrank v. Abbott Laboratories Inc., Case No. 16-3347, 2017 WL 680349 (6th...more

Does Buckman Preemption Apply to Antitrust and RICO Claims?

by Reed Smith on

We talk a lot on this blog about Buckman preemption. That isn’t just out of pride regarding Bexis’s role in the bone screw litigation that led up to the Buckman decision. The principle in Buckman is important. What happened...more

Evidence grows on lack of merit in GOP attack on harmed patients’ legal rights

Doctors should hold the prime role in the nation’s medical policy making, Tom Price, the orthopedist who is the Trump Administration’s top health expert, has insisted. But will the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms A Very Unhappy Unverdict Against Hip Manufacturer

by Reed Smith on

A funny thing happened on the way to a defense verdict last year—after the jury decided that the defendant’s product was not defective, the MDL judge told the jurors that perhaps they did not “fully understand” and instructed...more

GOP campaigning to strip patients of key legal protections

We all know how con artists work the streets. One might bump into you in a train or in a crosswalk, while the other grabs your wallet. Or one might smile and chat with a mom at a playground, while her partner nabs the purse....more

Shouldn’t Congress Try to Save Lives of Americans?

What kills between 250,000 and 440,000 people in the United States each year; 700 deaths per day? What is the third leading cause of death in America? Isn’t it one of the responsibilities of the US Congress to...more

Spoiler Alert: Florida Appellate Court Upholds PMA Preemption and Rejects Parallel Claim

by Reed Smith on

Over the years, comedian Adam Carolla has played the “Germany or Florida” game on his various radio and tv programs and podcasts. The game is based on the observation that many of the most bizarre stories of human ineptitude...more

Recent Arizona appellate decisions of note to providers

by Snell & Wilmer on

With change, breaking news, and uncertainty dominating the legal concerns of health care providers on a federal level, it remains important to review and refresh on state-level concerns and legal rules. This is especially...more

Product Liability Update: January 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Massachusetts Appeals Court Holds Birth Control Patch Manufacturer Had Duty to Warn Patient Directly But Packet Insert Adequately Warned of Greater Risk of Blood Clots As Compared to Birth Control Pill; Design Defect Claim...more

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Package Insert Does not Establish Standard of Medical Care

by Reed Smith on

Like most Americans, we like our doctor. We like doctors in general. We are not looking to start another song battle with our friends over at the Abnormal Use blog, like when we competed to name as many law songs as...more

Reconstructive surgery required to future medical expenses

by Hogan Lovells on

Over the recent years, a lot has been said about the ever-increasing quantum of medical malpractice claims in South Africa in both the public and private sphere. In the public sector alone, the Gauteng Department of Health...more

Hospital Insists it Was Malpractice; Patient Disagrees

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

At first glance it looks like a “Man Bites Dog” headline. The hospital insists that the patient was injured by professional negligence; the patient vehemently disagrees. The argument goes all the way to the state court of...more

Health Alert (Australia) January 23, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Court 13 January 2017 - Selia v Commonwealth of Australia [2017] FCA 7 - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW -...more

Perspectives for the Professions - January 2017: Case Summary: Test for Interim Conditions

by Field Law on

Scott v. College of Massage Therapists of BC, 2016 BCCA 180, allowing an appeal of the lower Court’s decision to quash an interim condition on practice. A massage therapist was the subject of a complaint that he had...more

SDNY Applies Preemption in Favor of Branded Drug

by Reed Smith on

On January 3, 2017, we commenced the dreary process of taking down the Christmas decorations. The German nutcrackers slid back into their cartons. Stockings marched from the mantle into plastic storage containers. We picked...more

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal Declares Florida’s Non-Economic Damages Caps Unconstitutional in Medical Malpractice...

by Fowler White Burnett, P.A. on

In another unfortunate blow to Florida’s statutory caps on non-economic damages awards in medical malpractice cases, the state’s Second District Court of Appeal recently became the second of Florida’s five intermediate...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

U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh In On the Use of Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

In yet another recent legal development regarding the use of arbitration agreements by nursing home owners and operators in connection with nursing home claims by residents against the nursing home, the United States Supreme...more

South Dakota high court won’t force hospitals to disclose why they let a bad doctor operate on patients’ spines

South Dakotans will need their state lawmakers’ help now to pry open physicians’ iron grip on secret decisions about which doctors get to practice in hospitals and why. That’s because the state’s Supreme Court ruled this...more

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