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Seasoned Litigator Nominated to Replace Commissioner Robinson and Establish Republican Majority at CPSC

Yesterday, President Trump announced his nomination of Dana Baiocco to be a Republican Commissioner on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. If confirmed, Ms. Baiocco would take the seat of Commissioner Robinson, whose term...more

Recall Highlights Medical Device Cybersecurity Issues

by Knobbe Martens on

On August 29, the FDA announced a recall of 465,000 implantable pacemakers, citing concerns that hackers may be able to take control of the pacemakers’ settings. This would open patients up to danger from improper pacing or...more

Medical Monitoring Class Certification Fails

by Reed Smith on

Normally, when we think of decisions relating to medical monitoring, the issue is whether a state will recognize medical monitoring for uninjured people as a separate claim or relief that can be sought under an existing...more

Lack of Substantiation Theories in False Advertising Cases—The Burden Lies on the Plaintiff

by Cozen O'Connor on

Often when we think of product liability we think of a product that doesn’t function as intended and causes some sort of damage resulting in warning, design and/or manufacturing defect claims. However, another important...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General Project Notification: Evaluation of Importers' and Manufacturers'...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has issued an August 22nd Project Notification titled: Evaluation of Importers’ and Manufacturers’ Chemical Data Reporting Under the Toxic Substance Control...more

Northern District of New York (Quickly!) Holds that the MDA Expressly Preempts Essure Suit

by Reed Smith on

A couple of weeks ago, our co-blogger, Mr. McConnell, published a post on the benefits of brevity. That post sprang from an argument before the JPML, but we can riff on it today as we examine a short and lovely decision from...more

The Third Circuit Fosamax Preemption Error Has Got to Go

by Reed Smith on

Last week we were going through the regulatory record of a drug that is now the subject of mass tort litigation. This effort is central to assembling, per the SCOTUS Wyeth v. Levine case, “clear evidence” that the FDA would...more

A Client's Guide to FDA Inspections

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspector has just knocked on your door and announced that he or she will now inspect your facility. What happens before, during and after this inspection, and what should your firm do to...more

WARNING! Prop 65 regulations are a year away in California. Is Your Product’s Warning Label Compliant?

by Wilson Elser on

After many years of debate, consideration and public input, California’s new regulations go into effect on August 30, 2018, under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 - commonly known as Prop 65....more

Tough Puffery: Court Closes Door on Ford False Advertising Suit

The Northern District of New York recently found that Ford Motor Company’s “Built Ford Tough” slogan was non-actionable puffery, and dismissed putative false advertising class action claims brought under New York law that...more

CPSC Removes Third-Party Testing Requirements for Children’s Products with Certain Plastics

In a unanimous vote, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) eliminated third-party testing for compliance with CPSC’s phthalates prohibitions for seven plastics. The Commission decided that these plastics with...more

Product Liability Update: August 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

United States Supreme Court Holds Due Process Forbids Exercising Specific Jurisdiction Over Nonresident Plaintiffs’ Claims Against Nonresident Defendant Where Claims Did Not Arise From Defendant’s Contacts with Forum,...more

Guest Post – Before the Flood: Fifth Circuit Oral Argument on Writ of Mandamus From Pinnacle Hip Implant MDL

by Reed Smith on

Today’s guest post is by Reed Smith Houston office associate Curtis Waldo. Given the Noachic weather down there recently, one might ask “where’s Waldo?” The answer is safe and sound, if not quite high and dry. Curt is...more

Phthalates -- Is It Really What’s for Dinner?

by Locke Lord LLP on

Over the past several years, it has been hard to miss the trend of independent labs and the plaintiffs’ bar scrutinizing—and suing upon—such findings as fat content in food products (e.g., Muscle Milk and ground beef), or the...more

Court Rules Ford Trucks’ Claim Is Puffery

A false advertising suit against Ford Motor Co. was limited after a federal court judge found the company’s “Built Ford Tough” claim is non-actionable puffery....more

CPSC Recall Snapshot – Recall Effectiveness

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to the August edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. Last month, the CPSC held a Recall Effectiveness Workshop, which was organized to allow the CPSC staff and industry stakeholders to discuss the CPSC...more

Food Identity Disputes Continue to Impose High-Profile Pressure on FDA

As we reported on previously, FDA recently tussled with the manufacturer of an innovative vegan condiment called “Just Mayo” based on the existence of a Federal standard of identity for mayonnaise that requires the food...more

FDA Clarifies Relationship Between Juice HACCP and the Preventive Controls Rules, Announces FSMA Enforcement Delays

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

August has been an active month for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as the agency released guidance affecting juice processors and importers, announced enforcement delays for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)...more

New Favorable Risperdal Decisions

by Reed Smith on

Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug prescribed to treat serious mental conditions – schizophrenia, manic depression, and autism – allegedly causes some male users to develop abnormal breast tissue growth. Particularly when...more

Proposition 65: New “Naturally Occurring” Level Proposed for Rice

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently proposed levels of inorganic arsenic in rice that would be deemed “naturally occurring” and thus exempt from the Proposition 65 warning...more

Reading the Tea Leaves: Sales of Macadamia Nut Could Be Going Up!

On July 24, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it had responded to a November 2015 petition from Royal Hawaiian Macadamia Nut, Inc. for a new qualified health claim characterizing the relationship between...more

Comment K and Non-Implanted Medical Devices

by Reed Smith on

About two years ago, in our post “How Does a Bad Idea Get Implanted,” we discussed what at the time seemed a California peculiar argument that the “unavoidably unsafe” product doctrine epitomized by Restatement (Second) of...more

Advertising Law - August 2017

U.K. to Ban Gender Stereotypes in Ads - Gender stereotypes in advertising will be banned as a result of new guidelines that will be promulgated by the main advertising regulators in the United Kingdom and go into effect in...more

FTC and FBI Issue Compliance Reminder on Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act

by Morgan Lewis on

A recent update of the FTC’s COPPA compliance plan for businesses focuses on internet-connected toys and devices aimed at children; FBI issues a Public Service Announcement with a similar focus....more

9th Circuit rejects argument that ‘No Added Sugar’ means ‘healthy’

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The relationship between “added sugar” and adverse health outcomes has been a subject of debate. When the FDA proposed adding a line for “added sugar” to the nutrition labels on packaged food (a requirement that has gone into...more

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