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US Supreme Court strikes death blow against forum shopping in mass actions by limiting personal jurisdiction

by DLA Piper on

On Monday, the US Supreme Court continued its recent trend of contracting personal jurisdiction in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco County, No. 16-466, 582 U.S. ___ (2017) by holding...more

PERS Company Prevails at Trial of Wrongful Death Suit

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A recent case involving a PERS (Personal Emergency Response System) was decided in the Appellate Court of Connecticut, Theodore v. Lifeline Sys. Co., 173 Conn. App. 291, 2017 Conn. App. LEXIS 211 (Conn. App. Ct. May 23,...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

Multi-District Litigation Reform and the “Fairness in Class Action Act”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In addition to it taking a swipe at class actions, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Fairness in Class Action Act”), would lead to multi-district litigation...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

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

Smoke Screens & Side Shows

by Reed Smith on

We confess, we can’t think of any good reason for admitting evidence concerning product risks that the plaintiff in a particular case never actually encountered – yet plaintiffs try it with a straight face all the time. It’s...more

The Supreme Court Addresses Legal Fee Calculations for Discovery Abuse

by Reed Smith on

Charges of discovery abuse get thrown around frequently in product liability litigation. We have not done a scientific survey, but we guess that such charges are levied against the manufacturer defendants more often than...more

WDNY Holds that Tysabri Warnings are Adequate as Matter of Law and that Product Liability Claims are Preempted

by Reed Smith on

However a drug/device product liability is styled, it will almost always be focused on a claim of failure to warn. Why do plaintiffs insist on inserting a cause of action for manufacturing liability when there is not a whiff...more

The Supreme Court - April 18, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils, No. 16-149: The Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) is authorized under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959 (“FEHBA”), 5 U.S.C. §8901 et seq., to contract...more

Product Liability Update: April 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Massachusetts Federal Court In Prescription Drug Case Holds “Learned Intermediary” Rule Requiring Warnings Only To Prescribing Physician Applied Even Though Patient and Caregiver Were Physicians, But Experts’ Affidavits of...more

Vast – Or at Least Half-Vast – Conspiracy Claim Dismissed

by Reed Smith on

Imagine a conspiracy so vast that it includes not only your usual plaintiff-side fantasy of the FDA conspiring with a drug company, but also high FDA officials, President Obama, Robert Mercer (noted Trump supporter and...more

What’s That Smell? An Examination of Legal Developments Related to Formaldehyde Products

Is that formaldehyde you smell in your newly floored sunroom? Hopefully, it is not. Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical used in construction and household products, such as cabinets, furniture,...more

Medical Device Manufacturers’ Duty to Warn Expands

by Knobbe Martens on

The Washington State Supreme Court recently released its decision in Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. where it held that Washington law requires medical device manufacturers to warn hospitals that purchase their products of...more

Another Step Toward Reasonable Preemption Case Law

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last month, the Sixth Circuit affirmed a complete defense verdict for Abbott Laboratories Inc. which was based in part on branded drug preemption. Rheinfrank v. Abbott Laboratories Inc., Case No. 16-3347, 2017 WL 680349 (6th...more

Does Buckman Preemption Apply to Antitrust and RICO Claims?

by Reed Smith on

We talk a lot on this blog about Buckman preemption. That isn’t just out of pride regarding Bexis’s role in the bone screw litigation that led up to the Buckman decision. The principle in Buckman is important. What happened...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms A Very Unhappy Unverdict Against Hip Manufacturer

by Reed Smith on

A funny thing happened on the way to a defense verdict last year—after the jury decided that the defendant’s product was not defective, the MDL judge told the jurors that perhaps they did not “fully understand” and instructed...more

Product Liability Update: February 2017

California Courts Reject Speculative Evidence of Exposure to Asbestos from Contaminated Talc. In a new wave of asbestos-related personal injury litigation, plaintiffs allege that they were exposed to talc-containing products...more

Pay Back to Big Corporations — Unneeded Laws

It seems when Congress tries to pass a law taking away peoples’ rights they tack on a title that sounds like they are just trying to “tidy up” or do us a favor. Such is the result of House bill H.R. 985, which they have...more

Spoiler Alert: Florida Appellate Court Upholds PMA Preemption and Rejects Parallel Claim

by Reed Smith on

Over the years, comedian Adam Carolla has played the “Germany or Florida” game on his various radio and tv programs and podcasts. The game is based on the observation that many of the most bizarre stories of human ineptitude...more

Judge Kicks Benicar Claims

Benicar is used to treat high blood pressure. In June 2015, numerous plaintiffs sued the manufacturer of Benicar, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and Forest Laboratories LLC in the St. Louis Circuit Court. Plaintiffs alleged injuries...more

Fourth Circuit Vigorously Applies Daubert

by Reed Smith on

Last week three of our posts dealt with Daubert issues. That was not intentional. Chalk it up to coincidence. Or was it? We are not especially superstitious, but maybe the passing last week of the great “Professor” Irwin...more

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