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Judge Koh Issues First Blow to “Added Sugars” Plaintiffs

The Big Picture: On Tuesday, Judge Koh granted Kellogg’s Motion to Dismiss in its entirety in Hadley v. Kellogg Sales Company, No. 5:16-cv-04955-LHK (N.D. Cal.). Hadley is one of three cases against well-known cereal makers...more

Merck Fails to Obtain Summary Judgment on Preemption Defense – Third Circuit Rules “Impossibility Preemption” Presents a Question...

In re: Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation, Nos. 14-1900 et al. (3d Cir. March 22, 2017). In a precedential decision issued on March 22, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third...more

CPSC to Consider New Magnet Set Safety Standards Following 10th Circuit Decision in Zen Magnets

We have entered the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (“CPSC”) regulation of high-powered, small, rare earth magnet sets (“SREMS”). On March 1, 2017, CPSC met and unanimously...more

Warning: Lawyers May Be Hazardous To Your Health

Most of the cases we defend involve claims of inadequate warnings. What makes a warning inadequate? Falsehood is the first thing that comes to mind. But the Pontius Pilate question of “What is truth?” continues to vex. We...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: March 2017

Welcome to the March edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. This past month, Republican Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle was named acting chairman of the CPSC. Buerkle was confirmed as a...more

What If We Win? Off-Label Promotion & Product Liability

Since the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head the FDA, we’ve seen quite a few references to his opposition to the current FDA prohibition against off-label promotion – regardless of the truth of the promotion itself. We...more

Another Court Tackles Prescription Drug Design Defect

If you have been following along for a while, then you have surely run across our posts making some combination of the following points: 1) design defect claims rarely make sense for a drug because changing the design in...more

Solicitor General Urges Supreme Court to Reverse California’s Ill-Conceived Version of “Specific Jurisdiction”

The Defendant/Petitioner has filed its merits brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in BMS v. Superior Court. This is the case where the California Supreme Court expanded specific personal jurisdiction beyond recognition by basing...more

There’ll Always Be Posner: Reversal of Class Certification in the Blink of an Eye

We’ve seen it before. The Southern District of Illinois will certify class actions with no real cause of action and no real damages. While not as bad as the drive-through-class-certification state courts in southern...more

Connecticut Appellate Court Issues Mixed Ruling on Coverage for Asbestos Liabilities

Manufacturers with asbestos liabilities should pay attention to the March 7, 2017, ruling in R.T. Vanderbilt Company v. Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company by the Connecticut Appellate Court. While the court issued...more

Aviation Happenings - Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 edition of the Aviation Group’s newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: - Air Carrier Not Responsible for Rancid Cheese Under Montreal...more

Hip Implant MDL Denies Summary Judgment on Claims of Plaintiffs Who Failed to Preserve Explanted Devices

Regular readers of this blog know that we have a pretty jaded view of many MDLs. Obviously consolidation makes sense, at least on paper, in terms of efficiency and the best use of scarce court resources. But, in practice,...more

[Webinar] Keeping Up with the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Update on Recent CPSC Developments - March 29th, 12:00pm EST

With the complexity of today’s product safety regulatory environment and the civil penalty amounts for failure to report safety hazards, it is more important than ever for manufacturers and retailers to identify and resolve...more

E-Cig Marketers Take Notice: Proposed New Jersey Flavored E-Liquid Law Advances

Last week, the New Jersey State Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee (“Committee”) reported favorably on a proposed e-cig law that would prohibit the promotion, sale and distribution of vaping products with...more

Washington: Product Manufacturers Must Warn Hospitals; May Be Strictly Liable for Failure to Warn

In Washington, manufacturers of medical devices now have a duty to warn hospitals that purchase their devices. Additionally, product manufacturers of “unavoidably unsafe products” face strict liability for failure to warn...more

The Internet of Toys

Privacy advocates in both the United States and Europe are urging regulators to take a hard look at the privacy ramifications of internet-connected toys, which are often conventional toys augmented by companion mobile...more

Business Litigation Report - February 2017

French Anti-Corruption Law Reform - Despite signing the OECD anti-corruption Convention in 1997, France has long been perceived as lacking necessary tools for domestic and international anti-corruption enforcement,...more

Spoliation of Truck Evidence Precludes Plaintiffs’ Use of That Evidence “As a Sword”: eDiscovery Case Law

In Below v. Yokohama Tire Corp., No. 15-cv-529 (W.D. Wisc. Feb. 27, 2017), Wisconsin District Judge William M. Conley, deciding on several pre-trial motions, granted (to an extent) the defendants’ motion for relief due to...more

A Changing of the Guard: Same Enforcement Trend under New CPSC Leadership?

Republican Ann Marie Buerkle was named Acting Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on February 9, 2017, replacing former Chairman and Democrat Elliott Kaye. This transition has many wondering whether the...more

JPML Refuses MDL for Proton Pump Inhibitor Kidney Injury Cases

A multidistrict litigation (MDL) can be a sound way of managing a mass tort. Efficiencies are available (e.g., deposing company witnesses only once) and the U. of Chicago part of us dreams of economies of scale. Then again,...more

Lithium-Ion Battery Failures: Suggestions For Product Manufacturers to Mitigate Liability Risk

Originally published in Bloomberg Law, vol. 45, no. 10 - March 6th, 2017. Highly publicized incidents involving lithium-ion battery fires have necessitated large-scale and costly recalls, or highly publicized...more

Choice of Law: Hairu Chen v. L.A. Truck Centers, LLC Clears The Air On The Doctrine of Dépeçage

Hairu Chen v. L.A. Truck Centers, LLC (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 18, 2017) 2017 WL 192724 involved an action by several foreigners for wrongful death, negligence, strict products liability, and loss of consortium. Plaintiffs were 10...more

More on Missouri – What To Expect and Not To Expect After Dolan

This is a follow-up to our post last week on the Missouri Supreme Court’s momentous personal jurisdiction decision in State ex rel. Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Dolan, ___ S.W.3d ___, 2017 WL 770977 (Mo. Feb. 28, 2017)...more

Shouldn’t Congress Try to Save Lives of Americans?

What kills between 250,000 and 440,000 people in the United States each year; 700 deaths per day? What is the third leading cause of death in America? Isn’t it one of the responsibilities of the US Congress to...more

What The Intuitive Ruling Means For Medical Device Makers

Last month, in Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical Inc., the Washington Supreme Court saddled medical device manufacturers with a new duty to warn under Washington law — the duty to warn hospitals about potential risks their...more

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