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Regulatory and Product Liability Overview for Distributors of Food Products in California

Welcome to California! California is a great place to live and work, and we are fortunate to call it home. But there is no sugarcoating the fact that California presents unique and daunting challenges to product...more

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Small Products, Big Exposures

They are everywhere: in your pocket, in your car, in your hands, in your lap and even “in your face.” Lithium-ion batteries are in nearly every product that has become a staple of modern life, such as smartphones,...more

Location, Location, Location: Personal Jurisdiction in Products Liability Lawsuits

As every manufacturer, distributor, advertiser, or retailer of consumer products likely knows, the location where a lawsuit is brought can have a large impact on the ultimate resolution of the matter. Whether because of...more

Viagra — Developments in Litigation

There have been some very recent developments in the national litigation regarding the erectile dysfunction (ED) drug Viagra and the allegation that its use increases a patient’s risk of developing melanoma. Judge Seeborg,...more

Consumer Fraud Allegations For A Prescription Medical Device Do Not Pass The Test

When we think of prescription medical devices, we usually think of the sorts of devices that are implanted during surgery and tend to end up in litigation—artificial joints, pacemakers, surgical meshes, and bone cements, to...more

Rules Amendments Mean That Proportionality Limits Even MDL Discovery

We’ve blogged several times over the past couple years about the 2015 amendments to the federal rules as they pertain to discovery, including electronic discovery. Earlier this year, after the amendments had been in effect...more

Debate growing over preemption of state claims over organic produce labeling

Recently, the Eastern District of New York held that the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C §§ 6501–6522) preempts various state claims that Abbott Laboratories, Inc. falsely labeled its Similac® Advance® Organic...more

NHTSA Releases Guidance on Enforcement of Safety-Related Defects in Automated Vehicle Technologies - Agency’s stance raises...

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its final Enforcement Guidance Bulletin on Safety-Related Defects and Automated Safety Technologies. The Guidance makes clear that the agency’s...more

GMO Food Labeling And CRISPR

A new law targeted at GMO food labeling instructs the Secretary of Agriculture to establish standards for identifying “bioengineered” food. While many might think CRISPR-modified foods will be covered by such a law, certain...more

WARNING: California’s Proposition 65 Warning Requirements are Changing

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) recently finalized substantial amendments to the regulations governing the provision of warnings required by “Proposition 65” (a/k/a the “Safe Drinking...more

Supply Chain Agreements [Video]

In this video, McNees attorney Peter F. Kriete recaps three recent food recalls as well as the new Senate Bill 764 that will require the USDA to develop label regulations on certain food and beverages. Mr. Kriete also lays...more

Co-sleeping Safely: A Guide to the Current Regulations of Infant Bedside Sleepers

The bedside sleeper, also called a "co-sleeper" or "co-sleeping bassinet," provides a baby and parent their own sleeping experiences while still enabling the parent to be in close proximity to the baby. This product is most...more

New Jersey Court Rules Talcum Powder Claims Not Supported by Science

Talcum powder has been widely used as a cosmetic and bath product by Americans for well over a century. In recent years, claims have been asserted that talcum powder causes certain forms of ovarian cancer. This has resulted...more

Recent Decision Opens State Courts to Claims by Nonresidents Concerning Nationally Marketed or Distributed Products

In a decision that should be of concern to any company that engages in national marketing campaigns or distributes products nationwide, the California Supreme Court has rolled out the welcome mat to nonresident plaintiffs who...more

Florida Tightens the Reins on Proving Causation in Asbestos Claims

On September 14, 2016, Florida joined a growing number of jurisdictions that reject the “any exposure” theory of proving causation. Variously known as the “cumulative exposure” or “each and every exposure” theory, it is based...more

Defendant Did Not “Fail to Warn” Where It Warned of Exactly What Happened to the Plaintiff’s Artificial Hip

We (in its blog-specific singular version) are longstanding country music fans. There is backstory – call us when you are in Philadelphia and we will tell you about it over coffee. Suffice it to say that Nashville, the Grand...more

California Supreme Court Decision Could Allow for Greatly Expanded Personal Jurisdiction

The California Supreme Court’s recent opinion on specific jurisdiction may have far-reaching consequences for future actions brought in the state. In the recently published opinion in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior...more

NHTSA Issues Guidance for Manufacturers of Highly Automated Vehicles

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has provided much-anticipated guidance to manufactures of automated vehicles with the release of the new Federal Automated...more

Colorado Supreme Court Limits Jurisdiction Over Manufacturers

The Colorado Supreme Court has joined a number of other federal and state courts in limiting the extent to which product manufacturers can be subjected to a state’s general personal jurisdiction, even when the manufacturer's...more

Wisconsin Preemption Ruling Makes Our Cheese Curdle

A federal judge in Wisconsin issued an order a few weeks ago that covers two topics on which we often write—negligence per se and implied preemption. The two concepts are not unrelated. We most commonly see negligence per se...more

Causation Issues in Failure-To-Report Cases – Post-Stengel Precedent

As we blogged at the time, we believe that the Ninth Circuit made a historic error in Stengel v. Medtronic Inc., 704 F.3d 1224 (9th Cir., 2013) (en banc), when it equated routine product liability inadequate warning claims...more

Empty spaces causing big problems: the rise of slack-fill litigation

Last month, a district court judge in California dismissed a highly publicized lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed that Starbucks’ iced beverages contained too much ice and not enough coffee. The suit was the subject of...more

[Webinar] Statutory Changes, New Regulations, and Compliance Deadlines Under the Food Safety Modernization Act - October 4th,...

This online presentation will discuss the revisions to the Food Safety and Modernization Act as well as the regulations implementing the Act. The primary focus of the presentation will be on the new rules affecting food...more

Using the Affordable Care Act in Defense of Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases

Courts across the country are beginning to consider the argument that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) serves as a vehicle to limit a plaintiff’s claim for future medical damages. Plaintiffs often use exaggerated life care plans...more

Guest Post – With No General Causation Experts, Denture Cream Plaintiffs Drop Like Leaves In Autumn

Today we have a guest post from Reed Smith‘s Jaclyn Setili, about one of our pet peeves – MDL plaintiffs (and their counsel) who think they don’t have to do any work at all on their cases, and simply show up come settlement...more

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