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FDA promotes safety, control by veterinarians in new Rule: Veterinary Feed Directive

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to publish new Rules as part of its implementation of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA). In addition to new animal feed and food safety rules, the FDA recently...more

Health Hackers: Problems in Applying Traditional Products Liability Theories to Latent Cyber-Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (yes, that’s a thing), so it seems fitting to write about an unprecedented alert recently released by the FDA to health care providers that warned of a medical device’s...more

Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 8 No. 2

Summer is in full swing and certain topics are (staying) hot—especially regulatory issues, from new proposed rules to challenges to case law to strategic considerations. Generic preemption remains a hot topic. In Storm...more

Arizona Supreme Court Poised to Consider “Learned Intermediary” Doctrine

The Arizona Supreme Court will soon decide whether to grant or deny review of the Court of Appeals’ January 2015 decision regarding the longstanding “learned intermediary” doctrine. In January, the lower court held that the...more

Anything in the New Clinical Trial Rules of Interest to Product Liability? Not Really.

An inter-agency taskforce is proposing a comprehensive overhaul of “Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects” in today’s issue of the Federal Register (comments close on 12/7/2015). See 80 Fed. Reg. 53933 (Sept....more

3D Printing of Medical Devices: When a Novel Technology Meets Traditional Legal Principles

This white paper – 3D Printing of Medical Devices: When a Novel Technology Meets Traditional Legal Principles – explores the legal ramifications and risks of the rapidly increasing use of 3D printing of medical devices. 3D...more

Preemption (and Other Things) Defanging Depakote Claims

It wasn’t a complete win, but the summary judgment outcome in Rheinfrank v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ F. Supp.3d ___, 2015 WL 4743056 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 10, 2015), has to put a spring in the step of the defendants as they...more

Hacking Your Health: For Healthcare Providers, Risk Analysis Must Be Ongoing

Healthcare providers would be wise to keep in mind that if a patient is harmed by a hacked medical device, Exhibit A in the negligence suit against them may be that provider’s risk analysis, or lack thereof....more

ABA Resolution 105 on Punitive Damages Is Dead for Now

On the eve of the ABA's Annual Meeting next week, the ABA's Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability announced its withdrawal of proposed Resolution 105 from consideration by the ABA House of Delegates. The...more

Little Reprieve for Prisoner Zyprexa Suit

Happy birthday, Louise Fletcher, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of the sadistic Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975). Happy birthday also to Albert Brooks, writer/director/star of Modern...more

Medicinal Product Regulation and Product Liability in Australia: Overview

The Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Cth)(TG Act): - Provides a national framework for the regulation of medicinal products. - Provides a national system to control the quality, safety, efficacy and timely availability...more

The Revolution that Wasn’t: New Jersey’s Direct-To-Consumer Exception to the Learned Intermediary Doctrine

The learned intermediary doctrine – in which a manufacturer’s duty to warn runs to the physician, not to the patient – is one of the most potent weapons in the arsenal for a pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturer faced...more

Unfortunately Disappointing 3D Printing Law Review Article

We’ve blogged before about the interesting product liability issues created by 3D printing/additive manufacturing, in particular the novel separation that these techniques create (at least potentially) between “manufacturing”...more

No Prescription For Consumer Protection

Allowing plaintiffs to pursue claims under consumer protection statutes in prescription medical product liability litigation is trying to pound a square peg into a ham sandwich. It doesn’t fit, and the combination isn’t very...more

Louisiana Appellate Court Overturns Improper Application of “Law of the Case” Doctrine

Today is the day when we will learn whether the Governor of Louisiana will enter the 2016 presidential race. That reminds us of Louisiana’s rather colorful collection of politicians, including Huey Long and Edwin Edwards....more


Many of the more senior among the current prescription medical product liability defense bar cut our teeth during the vaccine wars of the 1980s/1990s. Thus, we noted with grim satisfaction when the junk science progenitor of...more

And That's The Ballgame: Summary Judgment for Forest Labs In Lexapro Suicide Case

Those of us who live in Philadelphia are endlessly fond of rocking on our porches and reminiscing about the halcyon baseball season of 2008, when our beloved Phillies won the World Series. These days, we are resigned to a...more

Product Liability Hopping & the FDA’s Generic Drug Proposal – Awful Together

A major basis for our criticism of the FDA’s still pending generic drug labeling proposal, and why we prefer industry’s EAR (“Expedited Agency Review”) system better, is that the FDA’s proposal would create festival-seating...more

What Does Pharmacogenomics Have To Do With Product Liability? – Potentially Everything

Recently, Bexis attended the DRI drug and device committee spring conference. Among other things he heard a bang-up presentation on genomics and personalized (also known as “precision”) medicine from Paige Sensenbrenner. On...more

Sweet Home No More, Innovator Liability Leaves Alabama

On May 1, 2015, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed into law a bill to “provide that a manufacturer is not liable ... for damages resulting from a product it did not design, manufacture, sell, or lease.” Sponsored by state...more

Ontario Superior Court States Clear Rule on Pre-Certification Production of Medical Records in Class Actions

On March 20, 2015, Justice Belobaba released his reasons in Dine v Biomet, a motion concerning the production of medical records prior to a certification motion. The case is a proposed product liability class action...more

Compounding Pharmacies Protected by Medical Liability Act

In a court decision holding that a compounding pharmacy is entitled to certain protections against medical malpractice claims, the Supreme Court of Texas established a precedent that may well prove valuable to pharmacists...more

The Double-Edged Sword: Genomic Profiling in Drug and Chemical Litigation

Since completion of the Human Genome Project, genomic profiling and the related advent of personalized medicine have become a hot topic. Many predicted this new genomic information would lead to targeted drug treatments that...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

Still No Duty To Supply Drugs - In 22 States

Since the inception of the blog we’ve taken interest in “flip side” lawsuits in which a plaintiff sues one of our manufacturer clients making allegations diametrically opposed to what we usually see in product liability...more

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