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Pecking A Blow For Chicken Preemption

It may have been our limited caffeine intake to that point in the day, but, when Bexis asked us to do a post on a case about representations about chicken, our initial thought was of some of the songs sung a la chicken. When...more

Wyeth v. Levine’s ‘Clear Evidence' Language: Clearly Misunderstood

In 2009, the United States Supreme Court in Wyeth v. Levine affirmed a judgment rejecting a prescription drug manufacturer’s contention that plaintiff’s claim that the manufacturer should have strengthened its U.S. Food and...more

May Vermont Apply Its Health Care Database Law to the Third-Party Administrator for a Self-Insured ERISA Plan?

Vermont requires all public and private entities that pay for health care services provided to its residents to supply data to its "all-payer database." The requirements apply to insurers and third-party administrators, among...more

New Georgia Statute on Bad Faith Patent Cases May Discourage Both Weak and Strong Cases from Being Brought in Georgia

Plaintiff Walter Farmer (“Farmer”) initiated suit in September 2014 asserting infringement of claim 1 of his U.S. Patent No. 7,362,007 (the “’007 Patent”), issued April 22, 2008, and covering uninterruptable power supply...more

Patent Is Invalid Under Alice

The patent-in-suit is directed to redeeming discount offers by associating a machine-readable code with identifying items to be offered at a discount. Defendant asserts that the technology is patent ineligible under Alice....more

Washington Court Upholds Preemption Ruling for Aircraft Component Manufacturer

Last week, in the Estate of Virgil Becker v. Forward Technology Industries, Inc., a Washington appellate court upheld a lower court decision affirming the dismissal of claims against an aircraft component manufacturer on...more

The Saga of Preempting Prescription Drug Design Defect Claims

Not so long ago in a Circuit not so far away, the issue of whether design defect claims against branded prescription drug manufacturers are preempted was joined. Much like the origins of the Jedi or the major end-of-year...more

“May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor” – The Ten Best Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2015

The iconic Hunger Games line, “may the odds be ever in your favor” pretty much sums up how we feel about our top ten best decisions of 2015. These are results that put the “happy” in Happy New Year – which we wish all our...more

N.D. Mississippi Invokes Buckman in Rejecting Plaintiff Efforts to Screw Up Product Liability Law

We are determined not to end 2015 on a bad note. Thus, we turn, as we do with surprising frequency (and as we did last week), to a federal court decision out of Mississippi for a heaping helping of solid legal reasoning. ...more

Strong Support for Sequenom’s Petition for Rehearing En Banc

In Ariosa Diagnostics Inc. v. Sequenom Inc., 788 F.3d 1371 (Fed. Cir. 2015), a Federal Circuit panel held that Sequenom Inc.’s prenatal diagnosis patent claims patent ineligible subject matter under the two-step test of Mayo...more

California Dreaming: The Bite of Bauman, the Perfume of Preemption, the Stink of Stengel

This week the Drug and Device Law Son turns 20. It is apparently an age of discontent, of gripes and snipes. When we asked the DDLS what he wanted for his birthday, he said he wanted to move "back" to California. Something...more

Guest Post - Impossibility Preemption for Innovator Drug Manufacturers: Where Are We Now?

Today we have a guest post (her second - she's a glutton for punishment) from fellow Reed Smith associate Danielle Devens. This one brings together recent precedent recognizing post-Levine preemption in cases involving...more

Recent Developments on Copyright Preemption of Trade Secret Claims in the Fifth Circuit

For the latest on the copyright preemption doctrine (codified at 17 U.S.C. § 301(a)) look no further than the Fifth Circuit, which, together with its district courts, issued a string of recent decisions regarding the...more

Product Liability Update - July 2015

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds Failure-to-Warn Claim Against Drug Manufacturer Not Preempted Because There Was No “Clear Evidence” FDA Would Not Have Approved Plaintiffs’ Suggested Warning; Also Holds...more

Tenth Circuit affirms federal preemption of state law tort claims for medical devices

In Caplinger v. Medtronic, __ F.3d __ (10th Cir. 2015), the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of a patient’s state law tort claims against a medical device manufacturer as preempted by federal law. The Tenth...more

Pharmaceutical Marketing and Unfair-Trade-Practices Claims

Lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies generally center on product-liability claims. A new trend in pharma cases, however, is to include a different kind of claim: a claim for unfair trade practices....more

Tomorrow is Another One-A-Day: FDA Guidelines Preempt Vitamin Claims, but Consumer Class Still Has Opportunity to Supplement

Although consumer class actions in California are dime-a-dozen, a recent Northern District of California case involving One A Day vitamins stands out because it demonstrates how federal regulations can preempt certain state...more

April 2015: Product Liability Litigation Update

Defenses to Public Nuisance Claims in Pharmaceutical Products Litigation. For many years, plaintiffs have asserted the tort of nuisance to address purported harms from all sorts of products—including firearms, lead paint,...more

Breaking News - Caplinger Infuse Preemption Dismissal Affirmed

We thought our readers would like to know that today the InFuse preemption decision in Caplinger was affirmed by the 10th Circuit in a 2-1 opinion (here’s a link). Our non-Reed Smith bloggers will undoubtedly have more to...more

First Circuit Decision Strengthens Preemption Defense in Name-Brand Pharmaceutical Litigation

On February 20, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the dismissal of plaintiffs’ state-law consumer protection claims against a name-brand pharmaceutical manufacturer, concluding they were impliedly...more

Product Liability Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - First Circuit Holds State Law Claims Against Drug Manufacturer for Allegedly Misleading Efficacy Representations in FDA-Approved Label Preempted by Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act Because Plaintiffs’...more

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

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

Is your confidential information “property” if it does not qualify as a trade secret?

The answer likely is “no” according to a recent decision from a federal court in San Francisco. The plaintiff in that case, a data storage company, alleged that a competitor misappropriated its trade secrets by illegally...more

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