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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

Huskey V. Ethicon: Case Survives Federal Preemption Argument by Ethicon

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division tried, as it had before, to have its upcoming federal transvaginal mesh case thrown out of court. The healthcare giant was unsuccessful. On July 8, Judge Joseph Goodwin, who is...more

Product Liability Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds Foreign Manufacturer Which Pled Meritorious Personal Jurisdiction Defense in Answer, But Did Not Move to Dismiss, Forfeited Defense By Participating in...more

California Supreme Court Considers Component Parts Doctrine

Last week, the California Supreme Court granted review of Ramos v. Brenntag Specialties, Inc. to resolve a split in the Second Appellate District regarding the application of California’s component parts doctrine. The...more

No Coverage Under Aviation Policies Where Product Was Not Used in Connection With Aircraft or Aviation Operations

Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division - A New Jersey appellate court affirmed an order granting summary judgment, stating that the insurer owed no duty to defend or indemnify its insured in a personal injury...more

Federal Court Holds Manufacturer of Investigational Drug and Medical Device Responsible for Clinical Trial Investigator’s...

In a recent decision subject to multiple flaws, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts refused to dismiss a suit against the manufacturer of an investigational drug and medical device used in a...more

Texas Supreme Court: “Dose Matters” In Mesothelioma Cases Bostic v. Georgia-Pacific Corp., No. 10-0775

Yesterday, the Texas Supreme Court reaffirmed the substantial-factor standard of causation recognized in Borg-Warner Corp. v. Flores, and held that it applies in mesothelioma cases. The Court made clear that in...more

Settlement Over Deceptive Implant Marketing

Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) has reached a four million settlement with the state of Oregon to resolve allegations that J&J improperly marketed its DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implants. J&J has recalled 93,000 ASR hip...more

Mississippi High Court Vacates Widow’s $1.1 Million Silica Sand Verdict for Insufficient Evidence

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently reversed a $1.1 million jury verdict of a widow of a former railroad worker. In Mississippi Valley Silica Company, Inc. v. Reeves, (Supreme Court of Mississippi, No. 2012-CA-01702-SCT,...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

CA Appellate Courts: Secondary Exposure Claims Permitted Against Product Manufacturers, But Not Premises Owners

Two California Courts of Appeal recently decided cases that will significantly impact secondary asbestos exposure claims in California. The result is that premises owners have no duty to protect family members of workers on...more

Round Three: California Appellate Courts Home in on Duty of Care in Household Asbestos Exposure

On June 3, 2014, Wilson Elser issued a Client Alert on the decision in Johnny Blaine Kesner Jr. v. Superior Court of Alameda County (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 251, in which the First District Court of Appeal held that an employer...more

Scotland Leads the Globe in Halting Transvaginal Mesh Implants

It started with one area in Scotland. This month, one of the 14 health boards in Scotland decided to ban the use of transvaginal mesh. Now the entire country has decided to do so....more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Reverses Forum Non Conveniens Dismissal of International Air Crash Case, But Don’t Equate Pennsylvania...

United States courts facing forum non conveniens (FNC) motions, at least with respect to lawsuits arising out of air crashes that occur outside of the United States, seem to fall into two distinct camps: Cook County,...more

Johnson & Johnson Quietly Settles Three Transvaginal Mesh Cases in Missouri

After committing to fight each of the thousands of transvaginal mesh cases it is facing, healthcare giant, Johnson and Johnson (J&J) quietly settled three mesh-injury cases in Joplin, Missouri last month. The three women had...more

New Jersey Rejects Liability for Third-Party Manufactured Replacement Parts Based on Lack of Causation Evidence

In Hughes v. A.W. Chesterton Co., the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey affirmed a trial court’s granting of Goulds Pumps’ motion for summary judgment to a set of consolidated asbestos personal injury...more

Federal Officer Jurisdiction Is Alive and Well: Ninth Circuit Affirms Jurisdiction for Navy Equipment Manufacturer

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' recent opinion in Leite v. Crane Co., 2014 WL 1646924 (9th Cir. April 25, 2014), affirmed a decision by the Hawaii Federal District Court denying a motion to remand after finding that a...more

Mixing Machine Defendants May Be Liable for Injuries Caused by Toxins Released During Mixing Process

In Olivares et al. v. Morehouse-Cowles et. al., (April 21, 2014, B245407) [2014 WL1571766], the California Court of Appeal recently held that several mixing machine manufacturers could be sued for injuries allegedly caused by...more

Aviation Defendants Contend with Challenges to Federal Jurisdiction

- An aircraft manufacturer's ability to remove a case to federal court based on admiralty jurisdiction involved consideration of whether "injury became inevitable" while the aircraft was still over water. ...more

NuvaRing Settlement Update

Merck announced on June 4, 2014, that it would be funding the $100 million dollar NuvaRing settlement announced in February of this year, as the 95% plaintiff participation threshold required by the Settlement Agreement has...more

California Court of Appeal Overturns Nonsuit Granted in Household Exposure Asbestos Case Where Trial Court’s Decision Was Based on...

On May 15, 2014, the First District Court of Appeal in California found that the trial court had erred in granting a nonsuit in favor of Pneumo Abex, LLC (Abex) in the asbestos personal injury action of Johnny Blaine Kesner,...more

FDA Warning and Transvaginal Mesh

Pharmaceutical Facility Inspection Leads to Manufacturer Warning - After a recent inspection of a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility belonging to Endo International PLC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...more

Driverless Cars For Consumers Are A Fast Approaching Reality, But Who Is Liable When Accidents Happen?

Google had lead the push to develop driverless cars and has made great strides in making them a reality on our streets. As driverless cars are already on the roads of many cities across Florida it has become clear the...more

Law Lags Science? Not in the Ninth Circuit

In 1996, Judge Posner of the Seventh Circuit burnished his reputation for pithy legalisms by observing that “the courtroom is not the place for scientific guesswork, even of the inspired sort. Law lags science; it does not...more

Who Is at Fault When a Driverless Car Is in an Accident?

One author's view on how to determine the answer that may surprise you....more

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