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The Risks of Plaintiff Lawyer DTC Advertising

We have been riding the Philly subway for years, but only recently realized how much the ads on the car walls have changed. Not so long ago there were lots of ads for vocational schools, inducing today's un- or underemployed...more

The Internet of Things and the Inevitable Collision with Product Liability PART 5: Security and the Industrial Internet Consortium

The rapid emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) led to the establishment of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) in the spring of 2014 by five primary stakeholders: AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM and Intel. IIC...more

Keeping it Legal: Managing FDA Compliance for Consumer-Generated Content

Social technology platforms allow manufacturers to leverage consumer-generated content about their products (“CGC”) more easily than ever before. Such CGC generally takes the form of written testimonials and product reviews...more

NYCAL Presiding Judge Rules Manufacturer Should Have Reasonably Anticipated Asbestos Litigation 10 Years Before First Lawsuit

On November 5, 2015, Judge Peter H. Moulton, presiding judge over the New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL), ruled in Warren v. AmChem Products, et al., 190281/2014, that J-M Manufacturing Company, Inc., was subject to...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

Federal Opinion Lays Out Categories of Unfair-Trade-Practice Claims

That five-category structure has now appeared in a judicial opinion for the first time, thanks to a recent opinion from Judge Louise Flanagan of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina....more

FDA Proposes Gluten-Free Labeling Standards for Fermented and Hydrolyzed Foods

On November 18, 2015, the FDA issued a proposed rule to set standards for making a “gluten-free” claim for foods that are fermented, hydrolyzed, or distilled, or that otherwise contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients....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

Top takeaways from the 2015 Las Vegas Marijuana Business Convention

Joan Lebow, Carl Rowley, and Fred Roth of Thompson Coburn's cannabis practice attended Marijuana Business Media’s 2015 Marijuana Business Conference at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, where more than 5,500 attendees attended...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

New FDA Guidance Doubles-Down on 1980 Fortification Policy and Potential Misbranding Risks of “Inappropriate Fortification”

FDA recently released its Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers on FDA’s Fortification Policy (Guidance) to “clarify the existing policy” in response to questions FDA has received from the food industry, other federal...more

FDA Issues Final Food Biotechnology Labeling Guidelines for Plant Foods; Discourages “GMO Free” Claims

On November 19, 2015, FDA issued its final guidance for industry concerning the requirements for voluntarily indicating whether food products have or have not been derived from genetically engineered plants. The final...more

Over 1 Million Bicycles Recalled Over Safety Defect

Personal injury attorneys discuss recent recall of more than one million bicycles nationwide. It is important for consumers to heed recalls to prevent accidents and injuries....more

Southern District of Illinois Court Denies “Bare Metal Defense,” Applying Maritime Law

On September 23, 2015, in Kochera v. Foster Wheeler, LLC, No. 3:14-cv-00029 (S.D.Ill. 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, applying maritime law, denied Ingersoll-Rand Company’s...more

The DOJ Press Conference on Dietary Supplements: Heavy on Hype, Short on Facts

On Tuesday, a nimiety of federal agencies converged at a press conference at the Department of Justice to announce new and ongoing cases against dietary supplement marketers. Federal agencies included FDA, the FTC, the U.S....more

FDA Issues New Food Safety Rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued three new rules on November 13 implementing the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. The Final Rule on Produce Safety establishes microbial water quality standards for water...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

GM Judge Nuances His Earlier Rulings and Sets Out Permissible Ignition Switch Lawsuits

At a hearing in late August, Judge Robert Gerber expressed his annoyance with both sides in the ongoing battle to determine whether General Motors LLC (“New GM”), the entity formed in 2009 to acquire the assets of General...more

FDA Seeks Comments on the Meaning of “Natural”

On November 12, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested comment on the use of the term "natural" in the labeling of human food products. The notice states that it is establishing "a docket to receive...more

Weight-Loss Claims: How Many Studies Does the FTC Really Think It Takes?

On Tuesday, the FTC announced that it has sent warning letters to 20 marketers of weight-loss dietary supplements. The letters question whether the companies possess adequate support for claims and describe the scientific...more

Medical Device Manufacturers as "Health Care Providers"

We’ve read a fascinating new case out of Texas, Verticor, Ltd. v. Wood, ___ S.W.3d ___, 2015 WL 7166024, No. 03-14-00277-CV, slip op. (Tex. App. Nov. 13, 2015), posing the question whether a medical device company can be a...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

The FDA Gets Pulled Into the "Natural" Labeling Fray: Surprise Move May Change the Food Fight

In a surprising change of tack, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday that it will accept public comments on the use of "natural" claims on food labels. The move, which may signal FDA's intention to...more

Preemption Should Have Taken Down Performance Enhancement Class Action

Is it a food or is it a drug? The answer makes a difference because different laws apply. And then there are dietary supplements, which come under the “food” umbrella, but have some unique rules of their own. It can get...more

FDA’s Comment Period for “Natural” Food Labels Is Now Open

FDA took long-awaited and much-anticipated steps this week to address the requests of both consumers and food manufacturers and producers for guidance and regulation on use of the term “natural.” For years now, consumer...more

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