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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

Consumers beware: There’s lots of ugly in beauty products

The quest for beauty—whether skin deep or in the eye of the beholder—not only carries high costs. It also can be health risky. Jane Brody reminds us in the New York Times that due “to a lack of federal regulations, the...more

0.44% of NFL Brains

by Wilson Elser on

When The New York Times reports that 110 out of 111 NFL brains (99.09%) have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), everyone pays attention. Mothers worry about their kids. Some worry about their jobs. Senate subcommittees...more

Compensatory Damages Allowed to Stand in Depakote Trial, Despite Adequate Warnings and Lack of Warnings Causation

by Reed Smith on

We are beginning to feel like the Drug and Device Law theatre critic. Or perhaps we should say “theatre cheerleader,” as we rarely wax critical (at least about the stuff we include in our blog posts). Last week, we saw the...more

The Luck of The Draw: A Strong Preemption Ruling from an Anticoagulant MDL

by Reed Smith on

We have offered our view that cases seeking to impose liability based on well-known risks found with an entire class of prescription medications tend to be weak. We think design defect claims usually are clearly preempted in...more

SCOTUS Continues to Limit the Exercise of Specific Personal Jurisdiction

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Three years after its decision in Walden v. Fiore, the U.S. Supreme Court issued another decision that continues its trend of limiting the exercise of specific personal jurisdiction over non-resident defendants. In...more

Takata Ch. 11 Tort Committee Has Tough Road Ahead

Brian Davidoff was quoted by Law360 on July 10, 2017, in an article discussing the Takata Chapter 11 bankruptcy that includes personal injury claims as well as those claiming financial losses as a result of Takata’s defective...more

Equipment Manufacturers: Beware of the Rental Yard Customer When Safety Features Are Optional

by Wilson Elser on

Fasolas v. Bobcat of New York Appellate Division (April 1, 2017) - A typical argument made by the plaintiffs and their experts in a design defect/ product liability case is that “Safety should never be an option.” Over...more

Supreme Court Says “No” to “Litigation Tourism”

There has been a lot said already about the effect on product liability (especially drug) cases and “mass actions” as a result of the United States Supreme Court’s June 17, 2017 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v....more

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

Augmented and virtual reality - emerging legal implications of "The Final Platform"

by Reed Smith on

In August 2015, Time Magazine declared that Virtual Realty (“VR”) was about to change the world. A year earlier, Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2.3 billion signalling the impact of what Oculus founder Palmer Luckey referred...more

New Jersey Stryker LFit V40 Lawsuits Receive Consolidation

On August 29, 2016, Stryker issued a voluntary recall of certain lots of Stryker LFit Anatomic Cobalt Chromium V40 femoral heads, a prosthetic hip replacement device, manufactured before March 2011. This recall included over...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

SCOTUS Decisions May Provide A Roadmap to Enforcing Arbitration Clauses Included In Product Packaging

by Cozen O'Connor on

It is open opinion season at the U.S. Supreme Court, and two recent decisions pertaining to the enforceability of arbitration clauses provide guidance to manufacturers looking to bind consumers through the use of product...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

Hoverboard Fire - A Tragedy that Should Not Have Happened

Tragedy recently struck a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania family when a fire caused by a recharging hoverboard consumed their home, killing a 3-year-old girl, injuring several others and almost bringing the structure to the ground....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

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