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Product Liability Update: October 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Massachusetts Federal Court In Multi-District Litigation Holds Under Six States’ Laws That Manufacturer Of Brand-Name Pharmaceutical Is Not Liable For Injuries Caused By Generic Equivalents Whose Manufacturers Were Required...more

Fumes, Ultraviolet Radiation from Welding Named Carcinogens by IARC

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Welding fumes and ultraviolet radiation from welding have recently been classified as Group 1 carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s specialized cancer agency....more

Probably the Best Wisconsin Law Decision We’ve Ever Seen

by Reed Smith on

Bexis, who took some lumps in probably the worst Wisconsin product liability decision ever (he filed PLAC’s amicus brief in Thomas v. Mallett, 701 N.W.2d 523 (Wis. 2005)), just read what we believe is the best Wisconsin law...more

Warning Causation Potpourri in New Jersey Mass Tort

by Reed Smith on

Over the last couple of years, the Accutane mass tort in New Jersey state court has become the gift that keeps on giving. The latest installment is a two-fer: In re Accutane Litigation, 2016 WL 5958374 (New Jersey Super....more

New Jersey Court Rules Talcum Powder Claims Not Supported by Science

by K&L Gates LLP on

Talcum powder has been widely used as a cosmetic and bath product by Americans for well over a century. In recent years, claims have been asserted that talcum powder causes certain forms of ovarian cancer. This has resulted...more

3D Printing: Health Care Miracle, Product Liability Nightmare, or Both? Insights from Nutter’s David Ferrera and Robyn Maguire

David Ferrera, partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and chair of the firm’s Product Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation practice group, and Robyn Maguire, partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and a member of the...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Dismisses Untimely Medical Monitoring Class Claim

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a decision that may make it more difficult to sustain medical monitoring claims in Pennsylvania, a federal district court dismissed as untimely a putative class action alleging workplace chemical exposure. Blanyar v....more

Alameda Drug Disposal Ordinance: Supreme Court Denies Petition for Writ

by Reed Smith on

The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to the Alameda County Drug Disposal Ordinance (“Ordinance”) brought by three pharmaceutical trade organizations. The Court’s decision leaves in force the Ninth...more

Product Liability 2014 Year in Review

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In This Issue: - Letter From The Chair - Key Practice Trends + Highlights - Consumer Products - Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices - Aviation - Toxics Regulation and Toxic...more

New Prop 65 Warning Requirements on the Horizon?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Proposition 65 warnings could soon become a much bigger burden for businesses. On Friday, March 7, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released a...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate and the Collectively Bargained Workforce

As 2014 rapidly approaches, employers of all sizes and all industries are working hard to avoid the Affordable Care Act’s (the “Act”) Employer Mandate, now appearing in the Internal Revenue Code, Section 4980H. For employers...more

Australia issues $1M fine for flammable children’s sleepwear

by Stacey Bowers on

The Australian Federal Court has fined a children’s sleepwear brand $1 million in relation to its supply of unsafe children’s nightdresses and pajamas. According to Product Safety Australia, Cotton On Kids Pty Ltd supplied...more

US CPSC & Health Canada recall expanding toys

by Stacey Bowers on

The United States (US) Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada issued a joint recall of expanding toys in the US and Canada. The toys, which go by the names Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H2O Orbs...more

CWP 14597 of 2007

Judgement - Hookah/ Sheesha Bar Case

by Hemant Goswami on

Putting an end to the abuse of Nicotine, thriving across Punjab and Haryana in the name of serving Hookah/ Sheesha/ Water-Pipe, the Punjab and Haryana High court has ordered closure of all such outlets besides creation of a...more

"Hughes v. Boston Scientific Corp" Chapter in FDLI's Top 20 Food and Drug Cases, 2011, and Cases to Watch, 2012

by Eric Gotting on

Partner Eric Gotting has authored a chapter in Top 20 Food and Drug Cases, 2011, and Cases to Watch, 2012, published by the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI). The section reviews the latest federal appeals court decision,...more

Types of Asbestos

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that is found in six different varieties, each of which can be used for different industrial or manufacturing applications. Workers who are exposed to asbestos may face an increased...more

Train and Railroad Workers at Risk from Asbestos Exposure

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

Railroad employees who worked onboard trains or in a railyard may be at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma or other diseases caused by asbestos exposure. Research has found that railroad workers are significantly...more

Compliance Update: REACH, Q4 2011

by Stacey Bowers on

The latest enacted, amended, and revised REACH requirements; proposed REACH requirements; and REACH enforcement actions in Q4 2011. Includes proposed amendments and new restrictions on lead and mercury; recommendations on...more

BENZENE EXPOSURE

by Paul Parks on

Benzene is absorbed rapidly and extensively after inhalation and ingestion. It is absorbed less extensively through intact skin; however, percutaneous absorption may contribute to total body burden....more

Case Studies in Environmental Medicine (CSEM) Asbestos Toxicity

by Paul Parks on

This educational case study document is one in a series of self-instructional publications designed to increase knowledge of hazardous substances in the environment and to promote the adoption of medical practices that aid...more

Compliance Update: Toys & children's products, Q1 2012

by Stacey Bowers on

A summary of the latest global proposals, enactments, amendments, and enforcements applicable to toys and children's products, including apparel, food contact articles, and jewelry. Includes updates on chemicals of high...more

Asbestos Exposure at Avondale Shipyards

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

Thousands of shipyard workers who were employed at the Avondale Shipyards may have suffered asbestos exposure as a result of asbestos-containing products that were used at the site. Workers who were exposed to asbestos at...more

FDA Mulls Possible Restrictions on Bisphenol-A

by Law & Industry Daily on

WASHINGTON, March 10 (LID) – Federal regulators will decide this month whether to ban use of the synthetic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in all food packaging, officials said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is...more

Representing Yourself in an Oregon Injury Claim

by Sean DuBois on

If you’ve been involved in an Oregon car accident, and you’ve been injured, you may be wondering how to file a personal injury claim yourself to avoid paying legal fees. But you don’t need a lawyer in every case. For...more

EPA Issues New Proposed HPV Chemical Rules

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued two proposed rules last week that would require manufacturers and importers of dozens of high production volume chemicals to provide health, environmental and usage data. EPA...more

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