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The Only Surprise Is That It Took This Long...The First Ebola Class Action Has Been Filed

I am always amused by the manner in which class action lawyers attempt to capitalize on current events and public fears in bringing a “cutting edge” lawsuit that will garner a great amount of media attention. Although the...more

Class Action Claims: Gluing Together Systemwide Judicial Relief

The award of class action certification is often the gateway for obtaining lifesaving systemwide judicial relief in broken correctional health care systems. It also can be the beginning of a decades-long, burdensome and...more

October 2014: Product Liability Update

Some Courts Loosening Restrictions on Punitive Damages. The 1990s and 2000s saw many developments 9 restricting the frequency and size of punitive damages awards in tort litigation, including both state tort-reform...more

Distinguishing Standing and Injury in 75-1.1 Cases

A Minnesota judge was probably enjoying fond October baseball memories when he recently wrote a notable decision in a putative class action that involved kosher hot dogs. That decision, Wallace v. ConAgra, addresses the roles...more

Will the Supreme Court Take a Stand on Standing in BP Case?

It is axiomatic that to certify a class, plaintiffs must show all members satisfy Article III standing and Rule 23 requirements. While federal courts "do not require each member of a class to submit evidence of personal...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

Vermont AG defends the state’s GMO statute. On August 8, the Vermont attorney general filed a motion to dismiss a case brought by food trade groups against the state’s newly enacted statute requiring GMO foods be...more

Texas Supreme Court Enforces Medical Criteria for Claims Involving Asbestos and Declares the Application of Chapter 90...

In a 5–4 opinion issued in Union Carbide Corporation v. Daisy E. Synatzske et al. No. 12-0617 (Tex. July 3, 2014), the Texas Supreme Court held that Chapter 90 of the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code as applied to the...more

Food Litigation Newsletter

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..100% Natural Tea Case Survives Dismissal ..Claims in Chocolate Case Survive Dismissal ..Court Denies Class Certification in “All Natural”...more

U.S. Court of Appeals Dismisses Almost All Claims of Ecuadorian Provinces and Individual Plaintiffs Against DynCorp

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently affirmed the dismissal of all but three claims brought by individual and government entity plaintiffs against defendant DynCorp based on claims of injury by an...more

How Courts Have Ruled on the Still-open Issue of Whether the Clean Air Act Preempts State Common Law Tort Suits

In its landmark 2011 decision in American Electric Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut, et al., 131 S.Ct. 2527 (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Clean Air Act (CAA) and the actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection...more

The Epic Buckyballs® Saga Settles

May 2014 brought an ordinary end to a series of extraordinary events, with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) settling an unprecedented proceeding against Craig Zucker, the former CEO of Buckyballs® manufacturer...more

Looking to Litigate in Secret? Fourth Circuit Creates Hurdles for Product Manufacturers

In April, the Fourth Circuit ruled in Company Doe v. Public Citizen that a manufacturer could not hide behind a veil of secrecy even after successfully enjoining the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from publishing...more

Settlement in False Advertising Class Action Leaves First Amendment Questions Unanswered

On April 30, 2014, the plaintiffs in Bezdek v. Vibram, a class action in the District of Massachusetts, filed for court approval of a class wide settlement. The case had been brought against Vibram, the Italian manufacturer...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - April 22, 2014

In This Issue: - Decisions ..Court Dismisses In Part for Lack of Specificity ..Court Dismisses Evaporated Cane Juice Claims Where Labels Disclosed Sugar Content ..Court Dismisses In Part for Lack of...more

"Company Doe" wins challenge but loses anonymity - ruling makes it tougher for companies to confront erroneous online claims

A new decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal will require the lower court to unseal court documents, revealing the identity of a manufacturer that claims it was falsely implicated in a consumer report....more

The Supreme Court Redefines Standing Test for Lanham Act False Advertising Claims

On March 25, 2014, the Supreme Court clarified the standing requirements for false advertising claims brought under the Lanham Act. In Lexmark Intl., Inc. v. Static Control Components Inc., 572 U.S. ___ (2014), the Court, in...more

Federal Court Rejects Controversial Attempt To Expand Class Action Liability

In a putative class action in federal court, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey quickly put to rest a controversial theory advanced by the plaintiffs to allow them to sue defendants who admittedly caused...more

4th Circuit Unmasks Company Doe & Unseals Entire Record in CPSC Database Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rather forcefully reversed one of the key rulings of Maryland District Court Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. in the recent litigation involving the CPSC’s...more

Product Liability Update - April 2014

Included in this Issue: ..United States Supreme Court Holds Due Process Forbids California’s Exercise of General Jurisdiction Over German Manufacturer in Suit by Argentinian Plaintiffs Involving Argentinian Subsidiary...more

Class Certification Denied in Moldy Baby Seat Lawsuit

A California federal judge recently denied a motion to certify a nationwide class of consumers who acquired Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Sleeper infant recliner seats, finding that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that the...more

Cherms v. Sony Online Entertainment LLC - California Superior Court, February 2014

Plaintiff sued Sony Online Entertainment, a publisher, developer, and seller of video games, for negligence and products liability, alleging that he suffered emotional distress as a result of his adult son’s addiction to...more

Objectors Seek Writ of Certiorari to SCOTUS Over Monsanto Agent Orange Settlement

On January 21, 2014, objectors to a class action settlement over contamination from Monsanto Agent Orange herbicide filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the Unites States Supreme Court. The Petition asked the Court to...more

Florida Plaintiff Lacks Standing to Enforce Other States' Consumer Protection Laws in Polyurethane Foam Insulation Litigation

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted partial summary judgment for Demilec (USA) LLC in a class action arising out of injuries and damages allegedly caused by the company’s various spray...more

Product Liability Newsletter - December 2013: Punitive Damages Based on Gross Negligence: Massachusetts Bucks the Trend

In the recent decision in Aleo v. SLB Toys USA, Inc., 466 Mass. 398 (2013), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) found that an $18 million punitive damages award based on gross negligence was not grossly excessive...more

Buckyballs® Strike Back: Former CEO Sues CPSC

In May 2013, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) took the unprecedented step of naming Craig Zucker in an administrative complaint against Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, LLC, the manufacturer of Buckyballs®, in...more

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