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Calif. Appellate Court Endorses Averaging Lead Exposure in Food and Beverage Prop. 65 Disputes

In a rare published decision concerning California’s expansive Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly known as “Prop 65,” the California Court of Appeal on March 17, 2015, dealt companies a victory in...more

Notes From The Off-Label Underground

Keeping track of litigation over off-label use/promotion frequently sends us off on tangents. We’ve wandered into abortion cases, securities law cases, criminal cases – even cases brought by criminals....more

A Change of Pace for Product Liability Class Actions: Certification Denied in Two Recent Cases

Oft-referred to as “quintessential class actions”, the majority of product liability actions that have sought certification as class proceedings in the last 10 years have been granted certification. However, two recent...more

No Consent To General Jurisdiction By Merely Registering To Do Business

Since Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), severely curtailed general personal jurisdiction, litigation tourist plaintiffs – those who file suit outside of their states of domicile (mostly in so-called litigation...more

First Circuit Finds Federal Preemption of State Tort Claims That Conflict With A Medication’s FDA-Approved Labeling & Warnings

An opinion issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on February 20, 2015 held that the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) preempted claims that Lexapro’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...more

Arizona Applies Consumer Fraud Act to Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Arizona has joined two other states in applying its consumer fraud law to pharmaceutical manufacturers. The Arizona Court of Appeals decision came in a products liability action against Medicis Corporation, related to a...more

B.C. Court Finds Methodology to Prove Causation is Required to Certify Pharmaceutical Class Actions

On January 22, 2015, the British Columbia Court of Appeal set aside certification of a class action against Apotex Inc. and Abbott Laboratories Ltd. in Charlton v. Abbott Laboratories Ltd. (Charlton), in which the plaintiffs...more

The Learned Intermediary Defense Advances in Nevada

The learned intermediary doctrine can be a legal defense against product liability claims. It is most commonly applied in cases involving drugs and medical devices. A learned intermediary is a medical expert, such as a...more

Product Liability Alert: Failure-To-Warn Suit Against Generic Drug Maker Proceeds Despite Argument of Federal Preemption

On January 20, 2015, the U.S Supreme Court denied cert in Teva v. Superior Court of California, Orange County, refusing to review a California state court ruling allowing patients to proceed with claims that Teva...more

Third Ethicon Bellwether Trial Set for March 2015

Judge Goodwin is presiding over seven different federal multidistrict litigation established for similar cases filed against various medical device manufacturers, including American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific,...more

Product Liability Update - January 2015

In This Issue: - First Circuit Holds Plaintiff Lacks Standing to Recover for Allegedly Defective Product Based on Risk of Future Harm From Lightning Strike Where Complaint Contained Insufficient Facts to Demonstrate...more

Florida Federal Court Retains Jurisdiction Over Knee Implant Case

Debra Kilmer filed suit against Stryker Corporation, Stryker Sales Corporation and Howmedica Osteonics Corporation (“Defendants”), asserting that she had been injured by a defective knee implanted in her in Florida state...more

Punitive Damages Claims May Proceed Against Boston Scientific

Several plaintiffs that were implanted with Boston Scientific’s Obtryx transobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System alleged in their lawsuits that the manufacturer, Boston Scientific, ignored warning that devices containing...more

December 2014: Life Sciences Litigation Update: MDL Court Strikes Plaintiffs’ Experts’ Testimony on Human Causation in Zoloft®...

MDL Court Strikes Plaintiffs’ Experts’ Testimony on Human Causation in Zoloft® Products Liability Litigation. This summer, the U.S. District Court presiding over a multi-district products liability litigation issued a pair of...more

"Generic" Logic Helps Branded Drug Achieve Dismissal

A federal district court has held that design defect claims against a brand pharmaceutical manufacturer are preempted by federal law. Booker v. Johnson & Johnson, No. 3:12 oe 40000, 2014 WL 5113305 (N.D. Ohio Oct. 10,...more

Supreme Court Declines to Address CAFA Removal Circuit Split

Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Romo, a case that implicates the mass action removal requirements of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA). The...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - October 2014

In This Issue: - RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS ..Court Narrows “All Natural” Class Action Against Safeway ..Nationwide Class Certified in Olive Oil Labeling Fight ..Whole Foods “All Natural” and...more

Court Rejects Workers Comp Insurer’s Challenge to Big Pharma

Pharmaceutical manufacturers that promote off-label uses for prescription drugs have become litigation targets for third-party payors—especially after Kaiser received a nine-figure RICO award last year against the...more

May A Defendant Seek JMOL On Punitive Liability Based On A Standard Different From The One Reflected In The Jury Instructions?

We’ve been following the post-trial proceedings in Allen v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc., a product-liability action involving the diabetes drug Actos. The case garnered headlines earlier this year when the...more

Does Pennsylvania Permit Manufacturing Defect Claims Involving Medical Devices?

I am writing to report about a recent dismissal of a manufacturing defect claim made against a medical device manufacturer in the USDC for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This decision is favorable to our clients that...more

Alabama Supreme Court Reaffirms That Plaintiffs Who Use Generic Drugs Can Recover From Brand-Name Manufacturers

On August 15, 2014, the Alabama Supreme Court held for the second time in Wyeth v. Weeks, No. 1101397 (Ala. 2014) that a plaintiff who took only the generic version of the heartburn medication Reglan could nevertheless...more

Eighth Circuit Dismisses Whistleblower's Suit Finding Facts Were Already Publicly Disclosed

In an August 7, 2014 opinion, the Eighth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a whistleblower’s suit alleging that a number of pain pump device makers had violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by marketing their pain pumps for...more

Product Liability Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds Foreign Manufacturer Which Pled Meritorious Personal Jurisdiction Defense in Answer, But Did Not Move to Dismiss, Forfeited Defense By Participating in...more

Federal Court Holds Manufacturer of Investigational Drug and Medical Device Responsible for Clinical Trial Investigator’s...

In a recent decision subject to multiple flaws, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts refused to dismiss a suit against the manufacturer of an investigational drug and medical device used in a...more

Daubert Déjà Vu

Plaintiff’s expert is excluded for relying on a “novel” methodology to support opinion that antidepressant drug causes birth defects. - On June 27, 2014, in In Re: Zoloft, U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe of the...more

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