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PhRMA Comment on the FDA’s Proposed Off-label Rule: The Rule of Law is the Best Medicine

by Reed Smith on

The FDA cannot get out of its own way on the issue of off-label communications. Its power to punish off-label promotion comes from an odd regulatory two-step, whereby off-label promotions are said to prove an indicated use...more

Artificial Intelligence and Learned Intermediaries

by Reed Smith on

In the July 7, 2017, “Artificial Intelligence” issue of Science, we were intrigued by a short piece in the “Insights” section on “Artificial Intelligence in Research” that discussed the future use of autonomous robots in...more

Don’t give medical device makers more time before disclosing product woes

Pro-business and anti-consumer lawmakers in Congress are racing to slacken rules for medical device makers to report problems with their products. This move may imperil more patients, many of whom already have been harmed...more

How to Handle a Hack

Cyber breaches do not discriminate across industries and can occur even with the best policies, procedures and preventive measures in place. As such, cyber litigation is not going away and cybersecurity is now increasingly a...more

A Sometimes Overlooked Fact About Express Warranty

by Reed Smith on

The warranty is “express.” Before you say, “Well, duh,” this sometimes actually does matter. Here’s how. Most complaints in product liability actions involving prescription medical products that include express warranty...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Expert in Hip Implant Case

by Reed Smith on

We just got tickets to see “Wicked” again (we think this will be the fourth or fifth time). Since we first saw it (on Broadway in 2003, featuring Idina Menzel’s Tony-winning performance), we have loved this quirky and...more

At the One-Year Mark, the EPA’s Existing Chemical Review Process is Taking Shape: What Does That Mean for Your Business?

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a series of actions implementing its new authority to review the safety of chemicals already in U.S. commerce under the recently amended Toxic...more

A Victory for Reliable Scientific Opinion in the Third Circuit

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A recent Third Circuit decision reinforces that courts must rigorously review - and opposing parties should challenge - the reliability of experts' methodologies. In In re Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability...more

California Adopts First Green Chemistry Regulations for Children’s Nap Mats and Provides Important Guidance for Its Alternatives...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

California took two important steps forward to implement its new Green Chemistry Initiative, also known as the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program, to regulate and encourage replacement of toxic chemicals in consumer...more

FDA’s Denial of Citizen’s Petition “Clear” Enough for Preemption of Failure-to-Warn Claims

The Tenth Circuit recently upheld a Utah district court’s finding that a branded drug manufacturer could not be held liable for failing to warn consumers about alleged birth defect risks when the FDA had previously rejected a...more

A Developing Cybersecurity Standard: Anticipate, Mitigate and Remediate

The latest cyberattack across multiple countries shows that hackers do not discriminate by industry. It’s not just about targeting “data” such as credit card or insurance information. Rather, it is increasingly about stealing...more

Boxed Warnings and Adequacy as a Matter of Law

by Reed Smith on

One of the (many) things that made last year’s decision in Barron v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ S.W.3d ___, 2016 WL 6596091 (Mo. App. Nov. 8, 2016), so hideous that it weighed in at #3 of our worst decisions of the year...more

Personal Jurisdiction Update In Supreme Court’s Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court

by Weintraub Tobin on

Several weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of Cal., No. 16-466, 581 U.S. —, 2017 WL 2621322 (June 19, 2017) (“Bristol-Myers Squibb”). The more than 600...more

California Is At It Again On Personal Jurisdiction

by Reed Smith on

Maybe we should not be surprised when courts within California reach to find personal jurisdiction over out-of-state corporations even when non-Californians sue. That is what BMS v. Superior Court was all about. Right? ...more

A Double Whammy for California Design Defect Claims

by Reed Smith on

Finally, some good news out of California – at least when personal jurisdiction isn’t the issue. Design and warning defects were the questions presented in Trejo v. Johnson & Johnson, ___ Cal. Rptr.3d ___, 2017 WL 2825803...more

Justice Thomas’ Concurring Opinion in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker: A Useful Reminder

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On June 12th, the Supreme Court issued its unsurprising decision in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, addressing a relatively recent twist concerning the appealability of orders denying class certification. The case resulted in...more

New Mexico Wrongful Conduct Rule Shuts Down Opioid Case Against Pharmacist

by Reed Smith on

New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment, but when it comes to law it is the Land of You Can’t Make this Up. You might think it weird that New Mexico’s state constitution (Article VII, section 1) specifies that idiots...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Narrow Application Of Specific Jurisdiction Will Impede Forum Shopping In Class Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court of California, et al., No. 16-466 (U.S. June 19, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court articulated the narrow circumstances under which specific jurisdiction will...more

Eleventh Circuit Gets It Wrong on Preemption

by Reed Smith on

We have a point of view. Our readers understand that we represent folks on the right side of the v., and our posts tend to read cases and legal trends with a pro-defense bent, although you can rest assured that we put a lot...more

Connected and Automated Cars: The Federal Government Addresses Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

Connected and automated vehicles are being built with components that enable them to not only access information, but also collect, store and transmit data for performance and safety purposes as well. Furthermore, these...more

SCOTUS Squashes Class Action Plaintiff Attempt to Obtain Review of Class Certification

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The reality of class action litigation is that what is supposed to be the court’s preliminary decision of whether to certify a case as a class action is often the end of the litigation. In many cases, plaintiffs will not...more

Class Action Defendants Win Home Court Advantage in Supreme Court Ruling on Specific Jurisdiction in Bristol-Myers Case

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a decisive 8-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a theory of specific jurisdiction that would allow a state court to assert specific jurisdiction over the claims of out-of-state plaintiffs whose claims were not...more

U.S. Supreme Court Limits the Exercise of Specific Personal Jurisdiction by State Courts

by Dickinson Wright on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently tightened the reins when it comes to state courts’ exercise of case-based, specific personal jurisdiction over out-of-state companies. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of...more

Law Review Article on Off-label is On Target

by Reed Smith on

More than once we’ve said that we read law review articles so you don’t have to. We separate the wheat from the chaff. The wheat is scarce. That is because law review articles usually drown the little bits of objective...more

Electronic Drug Product Listing Errors Can Result in FDA Warning Letter

by Morgan Lewis on

FDA Warning Letters focus on inaccurate drug product listings. Over the last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) has increased its enforcement efforts concerning drug product listing requirements,...more

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