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Eastern District of Wisconsin Grants Summary Judgment on Hip Component Manufacturer’s Negligence Claims But Denies Summary...

by Reed Smith on

Last week, like most weeks during the past year, we spent a lot of our time on airplanes. One of those trips fell on a day with “lots of weather.” All of our flights were delayed, although we were luckier than many. When we...more

Breaking News - Bristol-Myers Squibb Slams The Door On Litigation Tourism

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court decided “the big one” today – and not to keep anyone in suspense [the big one is a major earthquake in California mass tort litigation], the result is that the California Supreme Court finding of personal...more

Fourth Circuit Punts West Virginia Innovator Liability Issue

by Reed Smith on

We have two posts on innovator liability that we update on a consistent basis: our innovator liability scorecard, and our “Innovator Liability at 100” state-by-state collection of materials that we originally compiled when...more

Third Circuit Gets Right Result In Affirming Daubert Exclusion

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this week, we posted on the Ninth Circuit’s conversion of the Daubert’s gate (that the trial court should keep) into more of a swinging saloon door. A week before the Ninth Circuit ruled that a trial court had erred...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Daubert Exclusion

by Reed Smith on

Let’s start with a shameless plug: the author of this post, along with Sean Wajert (Shook Hardy & Bacon), will present a Strafford webinar on June 21 entitled, “Daubert/Frye Motions in Product Liability Litigation: Bringing...more

Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas Statutes of Repose Limit IVC Filter Cases in Different Ways

by Reed Smith on

In the annals of history, June 6 gets prime billing. That’s understandable, because the successful Normandy landings on D-Day (June 6, 1944), probably saved Western Civilization. (Or maybe that heroic endeavor simply...more

A One-Two-Three Inning

by Reed Smith on

With the Phillies stinking the joint out – off to their worst start since World War II – and both of Boranian’s local teams in last place, too (not as deeply buried as the Phillies), use of baseball imagery might seem a bit...more

Considering Arbitration

by Reed Smith on

We first mused over arbitration and drug/medical device claims exactly six years ago, when the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 563 U.S. 333 (2011). In that widely studied...more

Kentucky Trial Court follows U.S., not Kentucky, Supreme Court Precedent to Hold that Claims Against Investigational Device Were...

by Reed Smith on

It is quite unusual for a state trial court to depart from that state’s highest court precedent. But consider that old Hebrew National frankfurter advertising campaign: “We answer to a higher authority.” If the United...more

Summary Judgment for Concentric Medical on Design Defect and Warnings Claims Related to Fracture of Merci Retriever Device

by Reed Smith on

When last we wrote, we were about to embark on a journey to Budapest and Vienna to visit the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber. We mentioned that we were thrilled to hold tickets to see the Lipizzaner stallions perform at the...more

No Ifs, Ands Or Butts – Preemption Gutts, Rebutts, and Shutts Down Utts

by Reed Smith on

Late last year we happily blogged about Utts v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., ___ F. Supp.3d ___, 2016 WL 7429449 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 23, 2016), chiefly because it held that design defect claims against a branded prescription drug...more

N.D. Alabama Issues Mixed Bag of Branded Preemption Rulings

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We like bright lines in the law. They streamline arguments for lawyers and, more important, they make it easier for non-lawyers to conduct their affairs with some degree of predictability. Rear-end a car and you’re liable,...more

Discovery – Requestor Pays, Part of the Way, Anyway

by Reed Smith on

One of the issues that the federal Civil Rules Committee’s discovery subcommittee considered, but that eventually fell by the wayside, on the way to the 2015 discovery rules amendments, were proposals to convert to a...more

Fourth Circuit Excludes FDA Evidence in Transvaginal Mesh Products Liability Case

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In the Southern District of West Virginia, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc., were sued for defective design and failure to warn for their transvaginal mesh TVT-O, in addition to a loss of consortium claim....more

Lack of Specificity May Kill Parallel State Law Product Claims, But Not Fraud Claim

by Cozen O'Connor on

A Michigan district court judge determined last week that product liability claims against an FDA approved medical device manufacturer were preempted by federal law, but allowed the plaintiff’s claim of fraud against the...more

Another Accutane Verdict Vacated in New Jersey

by Reed Smith on

No one can be all that happy with how the Accutane mass tort proceeding has played out in New Jersey. We have no involvement in that proceeding, but we have monitored it from afar, and it has been extraordinarily contentious....more

SDNY Rejects Innovator Liability

by Reed Smith on

May 10 is an important day in the history of the law. On this date, way back in 1893, the Supreme Court ruled that the tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit. The case was called Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893). The issue...more

“Pre-Approval” Design Defects - No Such Thing

by Reed Smith on

As our post-Levine preemption cheat sheet demonstrates, Mensing/Bartlett preemption is breathing down the necks of all prescription drug design defect claims. Recent cases finding preemption of design defect claims due to...more

Guest Post – Justice for Patriots’ Fans

by Reed Smith on

This guest post by Andrew C. Bernasconi, of Counsel at Reed Smith, is about a hopeful development in a False Claims Act case we’ve already blogged about once. The previous post queried, what happens when a FCA relator,...more

Southern District of Illinois Excludes Plaintiff’s Experts in OTC NSAID Kidney Injury Case

by Reed Smith on

Next week, we are traveling to Budapest, with a side trip to Vienna. We are visiting the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber, who is spending this semester abroad studying computer science (in Budapest) and climbing rocks (in...more

Breaking News: Cerveny – “Clear Evidence” Preemption Wins on What Matters Most

by Reed Smith on

On May 2, 2017, the Tenth Circuit affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded the post-Levine branded drug preemption decision in Cerveny v. Aventis, Inc., No. 16-4050 (10th Cir. May 2, 2017). ...more

Comparative Fault of Government Regulators Might be a Defense

by Reed Smith on

‘Pointing to the empty chair’ is a well-known defense trial tactic. It allows the defendant to go on offense. Maybe the plaintiff deserves some compensation, so the narrative goes, but the plaintiffs sued the wrong party. ...more

Breaking News: Cerveny – “Clear Evidence” Preemption Wins on What Matters Most

by Reed Smith on

On May 2, 2017, the Tenth Circuit affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded the post-Levine branded drug preemption decision in Cerveny v. Aventis, Inc., No. 16-4050 (10th Cir. May 2, 2017). ...more

Punitive Damages Overkill: J&J Hit With Still Another Disproportionate Punitive Award In Pelvic-Mesh Litigation

As early as 1967, Judge Friendly worried about the phenomenon of punitive damages overkill in mass tort litigation. Fifty years later, the problem persists....more

The Cheese Runneth Over...Into Illinois

by Reed Smith on

Last September we expressed our curiosity over Wisconsin cheese curd and our distaste for an order from the Western District of Wisconsin rejecting implied preemption in an amiodarone case. As we explained then, the district...more

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