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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

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

Question: When Is a $3 Million Attorney Fee Award Painful?

by Benesch on

Answer: When your fee request was $25 million higher. And so it was in In Re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, pending in federal court in San Francisco. ...more

Past Time for Rule 11 in Louisiana

by Reed Smith on

The Louisiana Product Liability Act (“LPLA”) was enacted way back in 1988 – almost 30 years ago – to rein in the Louisiana courts’ product liability insanity (inanity?) epitomized by Halphen v. Johns-Manville Sales Corp., 484...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

Pro Te: Solutio - Vol. 9 No. 2 - Summer 2016

by Butler Snow LLP on

...With this issue, our focus shifts to one that often “dogs” us in serial and consolidated litigation: federal multi-district litigation. Our articles offer some insights into various aspects of MDLs, along with practical...more

Baby Powder Lawsuits – $200 Million and Counting?

Lawsuit No. 4 in the case against Johnson & Johnson and its ovarian-cancer-linked talc product has headed to the courtroom in Missouri. It is the fourth in a series of baby powder lawsuits filed nationally. Defense attorneys...more

FDA Off-Label Promotion Memo Should Affect §510k Preemption & Evidence

by Reed Smith on

Remember how Medtronic, Inc. v. Lohr, 518 U.S. 470 (1996), dismissed the §510k “substantially equivalence” medical device clearance as non-preemptive because it was supposedly “focused on equivalence, not safety”? Id. at...more

Case Halted: California Court Denies Class Certification in Ford Defective Steering Case

On December 22, 2016, a federal District Court Judge in the Northern District of California denied certification of three proposed classes of statewide consumers who purchased or leased certain Ford Fusion or Ford Focus...more

Lessons Emerging from Pinnacle Hip Bellwether Trials

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a staggering verdict, a Texas jury recently awarded over $1 billion against Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. (“DePuy”) (collectively referred to as “Defendants”) to six California...more

Government Contractor Defense Applies to Commercial Product Supplier

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

A California appellate court recently affirmed a decision granting summary judgment in favor of an asbestos supplier under the government contractor defense. Kase v. Metaclad Insulation Corp., 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 1025 (Cal....more

A Wise Decision: Recent Lessons on Evidence in Class Actions

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Wise v Abbott Laboratories, Limited, 2016 ONSC 7275 was a recent pre-certification summary judgment decision, which was released after the Divisional Court's decision this past summer in Dine v Biomet Inc, 2016 ONSC 4029....more

Update on Second Circuit Ruling in Church & Dwight v. SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics “Weeks Estimator” Home Pregnancy Test...

by Proskauer - Advertising Law on

Last month we summarized the Second Circuit’s important decision in a dispute between plaintiff-appellee Church & Dwight and its principal competitor, defendant-appellant SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics, concerning SPD’s...more

District Court Applies Law of Would-Be Filing Court in Fee Dispute in Hip Implant Case Filed Directly Into MDL

by Reed Smith on

Last week, along with many of you, we attended the ACI Drug and Medical Device Conference in New York City. The quality of the presentations was uniformly high, and the collegiality and camaraderie were welcome, refreshing,...more

Rare Court Decision in CPSC-Backed Enforcement Action

A federal district court in Wisconsin recently ruled against a product manufacturer, finding it liable for failing to report timely in a rare U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)-backed lawsuit. United States v....more

$1 billion verdict in lawsuit against maker of metal-on-metal hip replacements

The pain and suffering that a flawed medical device can cause can last a long time. A Dallas jury provided a timely reminder of that, deciding six California plaintiffs should be paid more than $1 billion for the harm they...more

Association Alone Does Not Equal Causation in Product Liability Cases

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Class Action Case Update: Justice Perell's recent decision in Wise v Abbott Laboratories, Limited, 2016 ONSC 7275 addressed a number of key areas of interest for the class action bar....more

Trumpian Logic Fails in Recent Pharma Class Action Decision

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Class Action Case Update: Justice Perell's recent decision in Wise v Abbott Laboratories, Limited, 2016 ONSC 7275 addressed a number of key areas of interest for the class action bar. Justice Perell's recent decision in...more

Breaking: Court Rules Positively For CPSC In Federal Civil Penalty Case Against Spectrum Brands

We do not get many court decisions in the CPSC world, but yesterday we received one. Last evening, a Wisconsin federal district court essentially held in the Government’s case against Spectrum Brands, Inc. (Spectrum) that...more

The Fresh Scent of Clean Laundry

by Benesch on

Our planet is plagued by many vexing problems. For some folks, front-loading washing machines was one of them. They claimed that certain front-loading washers manufactured by Whirlpool were defective. ...more

Another Modest Proposal (This Time, About Discovery)

by Reed Smith on

Bexis recently attended the “Emerging Issues in Mass-Tort MDLs Conference” sponsored by Duke Law School (those of us from Philly remember Duke as part of “Black Saturday” back in 1979). Several panels discussed various...more

St. Louis Jury Returns Another Jaw-Dropping Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson

In recent years, St. Louis has done much to earn a place on the American Tort Reform Association’s list of judicial hell holes. Not content to rest on its laurels, the St. Louis circuit court grabbed the headlines again last...more

New Win for Old Spice

by Benesch on

Procter & Gamble was sued this March in the Southern District of Ohio by about 180 persons claiming they had bought and were injured by applying thirteen different Old Spice deodorant products manufactured and sold by P&G. ...more

CPSC Sends Another Shot Across the Bow of Retailers with $3.8 Million Civil Penalty Against Best Buy for the Sale of Recalled...

On Tuesday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Best Buy Co., Inc. entered into a settlement agreement with the CPSC to pay a $3.8 million civil penalty to resolve allegations that it “knowingly...more

Using the Affordable Care Act in Defense of Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases

by Wilson Elser on

Courts across the country are beginning to consider the argument that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) serves as a vehicle to limit a plaintiff’s claim for future medical damages. Plaintiffs often use exaggerated life care plans...more

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