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Certification Denied: Product Liability Cases are not “Quintessential” Class Actions

Certification was denied in a recent proposed multiple-model product liability class action before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in O’Brien v Bard Canada Inc. We acted for the defendants....more

Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Introduce Largest Increase in FDA Oversight of Personal Care Products—Including Cosmetics—in over 70...

Personal care products, which include cosmetics, are a large, profitable, growth industry. In the United States, cosmetics are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic...more

California’s Green Chemistry Agency Issues New Guidance to Identify Future Consumer Products for Regulation

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative continues to build momentum. On April 16, 2015, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its final April 2015 Priority Product Work Plan for 2015–2017...more

Maryland, My Maryland: Aldara Case Dismissed for Multiple Reasons

Today’s date is rich in literary history. It is the birthday of Vladimir Nabokov, one of two writers whose prose style makes us want to snap our Pilot Varsity pens in despair, so great is the gap between those authors'...more

West Virginia Becomes Latest State to Adopt Asbestos Transparency Legislation

On March 15, 2015, West Virginia became the fourth state to enact legislation aimed at increasing transparency between the civil tort and asbestos bankruptcy trust systems. Senate Bill 411, also known as the Asbestos...more

California Appellate Court Affirms Judgment in Favor of Food Company on Claims of Lead Exposure

In an important victory for defendants doing business in California, the California Court of Appeal recently affirmed a trial court’s decision holding that the defendants did not violate Proposition 65, California’s toxics...more

Food Recalls Increase in First Quarter of 2015

Food producers are reporting a sharp rise in food recalls so far this year. During the first quarter of 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published notices of 118 food recalls (excluding pet foods), and the...more

Federal District Court Rules Favorably for Medical Device Manufacturer in Off-Label Promotion Lawsuits

On April 13, 2015, in the case of Kathleen Hafer v. Medtronic, Inc., the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee issued a favorable opinion to a medical device manufacturer in the context of...more

Municipalities Lose First Round in Bid to Hold PCB Manufacturers Liable For Environmental Impacts

Two Massachusetts municipalities are down but not out in their attempts to hold manufacturers of PCBs responsible for the environmental effects of PCB-containing products decades later. ...more

FDA Increasing Scrutiny of Cosmetic Marketing Claims, New Agency Warnings Suggest

In addition to truthful and non-misleading advertising requirements, which are enforced by the FTC and certainly familiar to readers of this blog, personal care and cosmetic products are also subject to the Federal Food,...more

More Plaintiffs Go Home (Eventually And Based on Bauman)

Two days ago, we posted on a West Virginia Supreme Court decision that told non-resident plaintiffs the closing time refrain “you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.” OK, we took some liberties there, but the...more

First Circuit Decision Strengthens Preemption Defense in Name-Brand Pharmaceutical Litigation

On February 20, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiffs’ state-law consumer protection claims against a name-brand pharmaceutical manufacturer, concluding they were impliedly...more

You Should Know - April 2015

In This Issue: - Devices Go Awry - Protect Against Risks - Insiders Talk - Excerpt from Faulty Products Put Patients at Risk: Some Popular Medical Devices Escape FDA Scrutiny: Countless patients around the...more

Baker v. Microsoft Corporation: Game Companies Beware, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision May Make It More Difficult to...

A Quick Overview - The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a district court’s decision to strike the class action allegations of a putative class action against Microsoft. ...more

Some Plaintiffs Just Have No Class

We’ve been thinking a lot about class actions lately. One reason is that the Rule 23 Subcommittee of the (federal) Advisory Committee on Civil Rules just came out with a “sketch” of possible amendments – and from the defense...more

Arizona Enacts New Asbestos Trust Claim Disclosure and Evidence Statute

The Arizona legislature recently enacted A.R.S. § 12-782 to prohibit claimants from obtaining duplicative or excessive recoveries in asbestos personal injury lawsuits. Section 12-782 impacts personal injury plaintiffs that...more

As Drones “Take Off” Legal Consequences Remain Uncertain

Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), have received extensive media coverage over the past few years. Whether the discussions about drones are related to the unmanned...more

Food for Thought: Jail Sentences Send Strong Message to Food Industry

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett in Sioux City, Iowa, sentenced Austin (Jack) DeCoster and his son Peter to three months in jail for their role in selling contaminated food across state lines. Their company,...more

Child Injury and Delayed Product Recalls

Graco Fined $10M for Failure to Timely Recall Dangerous Car Seat - Last year saw a number of product recalls. Indeed, the sheer number of vehicles involved in the Takata airbag recall alone has been staggering. Graco,...more

Bloomberg Product Safety Article Misses the Mark; U.S. Product Safety Economy Safer Than Ever

On April 7, Renee Dudley of Bloomberg News authored an article entitled “The Cheap Toys You Buy Your Kid Are Rarely Inspected.” The article has been republished by major news publications and gained some nationwide...more

We’re Not in Kansas: No General Jurisdiction After Bauman

We knew that the Supreme Court’s opinion in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), was a game changer the first time we read it. Gone is the concept of general personal jurisdiction that we learned in law school, where...more

Low Wattage Reasoning

We’ve already discussed the peculiar decision in Watts v. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp., 342 P.3d 847 (Ariz App. 2015), once, here. This time, we don’t care much about the peculiar facts, but rather we’re directing ourselves...more

Watts v. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation - Court of Appeals Rejects “Learned Intermediary” Product Liability Doctrine in...

Plaintiff’s doctor prescribed Solodyn, manufactured and distributed by Medicis, for her chronic acne. Plaintiff used the medicine for twenty weeks, and then was prescribed and took another twenty weeks’ worth. Plaintiff...more

Product Liability Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - First Circuit Holds State Law Claims Against Drug Manufacturer for Allegedly Misleading Efficacy Representations in FDA-Approved Label Preempted by Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act Because Plaintiffs’...more

Tenth Circuit Stays April 1 Effective Date of CPSC’s Magnets Safety Rule

Over the past year, we have blogged about the CPSC’s rulemaking process to regulate high-powered magnet sets via a safety standard as well as the administrative complaints brought by the agency to force multiple companies...more

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