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Product Liability Update - July 2015

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds Failure-to-Warn Claim Against Drug Manufacturer Not Preempted Because There Was No “Clear Evidence” FDA Would Not Have Approved Plaintiffs’ Suggested Warning; Also Holds...more

The Revolution that Wasn’t: New Jersey’s Direct-To-Consumer Exception to the Learned Intermediary Doctrine

The learned intermediary doctrine – in which a manufacturer’s duty to warn runs to the physician, not to the patient – is one of the most potent weapons in the arsenal for a pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturer faced...more

Permanent Injunction Against Medtronic

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved the Synchromed II Implantable Infusion Pump System manufactured Medtronic, Inc. in 2004. The pump infuses pain medication, Baclofen, through a catheter into a patient’s...more

Is This The End of RICO?

The short answer is “no.” We are just borrowing a line from one of the original gangster movies, “Little Caesar,” which readers other than McConnell would most likely know from references in “The Sopranos,” if they know it...more

Still No Duty To Supply Drugs - In 22 States

Since the inception of the blog we’ve taken interest in “flip side” lawsuits in which a plaintiff sues one of our manufacturer clients making allegations diametrically opposed to what we usually see in product liability...more

B.C. Court Finds Methodology to Prove Causation is Required to Certify Pharmaceutical Class Actions

On January 22, 2015, the British Columbia Court of Appeal set aside certification of a class action against Apotex Inc. and Abbott Laboratories Ltd. in Charlton v. Abbott Laboratories Ltd. (Charlton), in which the plaintiffs...more

May A Defendant Seek JMOL On Punitive Liability Based On A Standard Different From The One Reflected In The Jury Instructions?

We’ve been following the post-trial proceedings in Allen v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc., a product-liability action involving the diabetes drug Actos. The case garnered headlines earlier this year when the...more

Federal Judge Trims Diet Supplement Maker’s Earnings by $40M and Orders Recall of Banned Labeling

On May 14, a Georgia federal court dished out severe contempt sanctions against Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, its president and two others for violating a 2008 court order relating to the advertising and labeling of Hi-Tech’s...more

New Jersey punitive damages analysis ignores established precedent

Since 2008 New Jersey law has effectively granted pharmaceutical manufacturers immunity from punitive damages claims. While New Jersey state courts continue to recognise and enforce that immunity, some recent federal court...more

Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett (2013)

The old adage "Bad cases make bad law" is invoked when the facts of a case lead a court to rule in favor of the particular entities before it rather than applying the law consistently. (Although anyone familiar with recent...more

Jury Buys Plaintiff’s Argument That Drug Manufacturer Should Have Distributed Dear Doctor Letter Sooner, Without Prior FDA...

Dear Doctor letters were front and center in the just-tried case of Tietz v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., et al., No. 12-L-002715. On Thursday, May 9, 2013, a Chicago jury returned a $2.2 million verdict in favor of the...more

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in MAO’s Double Damages Case

On April 15, 2013, the United States Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari brought by GlaxoSmithKline (“Glaxo”) seeking review of a Third Circuit decision in favor of Humana Medical Plan (“Humana”), as a Medicare...more

Product Liability Update - April 2013

In This Issue: - United States Supreme Court Holds Class Certification Improper Absent Showing Plaintiffs’ Damages Can Be Measured on a Classwide Basis through Use of a Common Methodology that Is Consistent with...more

Product Liability Risk In Licensing Trademarks With Technology

A Connecticut Superior Court judge has upheld a jury verdict that once again demonstrates the product liability risks faced by trademark licensors, particularly those who license technology as well as their marks. In Hannibal...more

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