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Guest Post – MDL Court: Preemption Leaves No “Glimmer of Hope” for Labeling Claims Against a Pharmacy

What follows is a post authored by Jaclyn Setili, a Reed Smith associate. She is discussing what we believe is the first extension of Mensing/Bartlett preemption to claims involving pharmacies – something we’ve previously...more

Lipitor MDL Court Grants Pfizer’s Omnibus Summary Judgment Motion: No Evidence of Causation

For those of us who spend large chunks of our professional lives in mass tort MDLs, expressions like “settlement inventory” are ubiquitous. It is too easy to lose sight of the fact that these expressions put the rabbit in the...more

Lessons Emerging from Pinnacle Hip Bellwether Trials

In a staggering verdict, a Texas jury recently awarded over $1 billion against Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. (“DePuy”) (collectively referred to as “Defendants”) to six California...more

SDNY Applies Preemption in Favor of Branded Drug

On January 3, 2017, we commenced the dreary process of taking down the Christmas decorations. The German nutcrackers slid back into their cartons. Stockings marched from the mantle into plastic storage containers. We picked...more

Guest Post – Failure to Warn Claim Dead on Arrival Without Testimony from Prescribing Physician

This is a guest post from Michael Salimbene, an associate at Reed Smith. It’s about learned intermediary causation, and the need for prescriber testimony. Not infrequently, in mass torts with lots of solicited plaintiffs,...more

The Peaks – The Ten Best Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2016

Today we’re going peak bagging – no, not to the Canadian Rockies or Patagonia (we leave that to Bexis) – for the high points in this year’s drug/medical device product liability jurisprudence. Last week, we visited the...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of False Claims Act Case

Happy birthday to Stan Lee, the main man behind Marvel Comics. He wrote the stories for The Amazing Spider Man which, when we were 10 years old, we read with a good deal more enthusiasm than we presently feel when...more

Fraud on the FDA Doesn’t Fly Under the FCA Either

Ever since Buckman Co. v. Plaintiffs’ Legal Committee, 531 U.S. 341 (2001), held that state-law claims alleging fraud on the FDA are preempted, plaintiffs have been attempting to find some other way of bringing claims that...more

The Pits – The Worst Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions Of 2016

The “pits of hell,” “black as a pit,” a “bad feeling in the pit of my stomach” – that’s how we feel about 2016’s bottom ten decisions of the year arising from prescription medical product liability litigation. This year’s...more

Is the FSMA a plaintiff’s lawyer’s dream and the food industry’s nightmare?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law in 2011, signaling a sea change in U.S. food safety regulation and making prevention the cornerstone of safety measures. To achieve its lofty goals, while providing time for...more

A Wise Decision: Recent Lessons on Evidence in Class Actions

Wise v Abbott Laboratories, Limited, 2016 ONSC 7275 was a recent pre-certification summary judgment decision, which was released after the Divisional Court's decision this past summer in Dine v Biomet Inc, 2016 ONSC 4029....more

Artificial Intelligence Litigation: Can the Law Keep Pace with The Rise of the Machines?

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is the broad conceptual term for the technologies or systems making it possible for computers to perform tasks involving human-like decisionmaking, intelligence, learned skills and/or...more

Law Review Article Argues that Contraception Mass Torts Injured Consumers

It is bad enough that the mass tort system in our country approximates a system of jackpot justice that, if it ever does justice among the parties, does so accidentally. But its wild inefficiencies and inconsistencies also...more

Live! From the ACI Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference

I’m blogging from the American Conference Institute’s Drug and Medical Device session on International Mass Tort Litigation: Strategies for Handling the Increasing Interplay Between Domestic and Global Products Liability...more

Anything Worthwhile For Product Liability Defendants In The 21st Century Cures Act?

We blogged about possibly interesting nuggets in the 21st Century Cures Act (“21CCA”) back in February, 2015 – when it was only 400 pages long. In true congressional fashion, it’s now twice as long and loaded up with enough...more

Association Alone Does Not Equal Causation in Product Liability Cases

Class Action Case Update: Justice Perell's recent decision in Wise v Abbott Laboratories, Limited, 2016 ONSC 7275 addressed a number of key areas of interest for the class action bar....more

Shoot to Kill: Expert Bias is an Issue of Admissibility

Class Action Case Update: Justice Perell's recent decision in Wise v Abbott Laboratories, Limited, 2016 ONSC 7275 addressed a number of key areas of interest for the class action bar. ...more

Trumpian Logic Fails in Recent Pharma Class Action Decision

Class Action Case Update: Justice Perell's recent decision in Wise v Abbott Laboratories, Limited, 2016 ONSC 7275 addressed a number of key areas of interest for the class action bar. Justice Perell's recent decision in...more

Don’t Underestimate the Statute of Limitations

As we hurtle into the holiday season, we are reminded that good things often come in small packages. That certainly was the case in a one-and-a-half-page opinion that the Ninth Circuit filed last week in a prescription...more

Oklahoma Becomes the Latest State To Apply Learned Intermediary Principles To Pharmacies

Our learned intermediary rule “head count” lists Oklahoma as solidly in support of the doctrine: Oklahoma: Edwards v. Basel Pharmaceuticals, 933 P.2d 298, 300-01 (Okla. 1997); Tansy v. Dacomed Corp., 890 P.2d 881, 886...more

St. Louis Jury Returns Another Jaw-Dropping Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson

In recent years, St. Louis has done much to earn a place on the American Tort Reform Association’s list of judicial hell holes. Not content to rest on its laurels, the St. Louis circuit court grabbed the headlines again last...more

Probably the Best Wisconsin Law Decision We’ve Ever Seen

Bexis, who took some lumps in probably the worst Wisconsin product liability decision ever (he filed PLAC’s amicus brief in Thomas v. Mallett, 701 N.W.2d 523 (Wis. 2005)), just read what we believe is the best Wisconsin law...more

Warning Causation Potpourri in New Jersey Mass Tort

Over the last couple of years, the Accutane mass tort in New Jersey state court has become the gift that keeps on giving. The latest installment is a two-fer: In re Accutane Litigation, 2016 WL 5958374 (New Jersey Super....more

Proposed New FDA Labeling Rules Would Result in Increased Generic Drug Product Liability Claims

After several years of delay, FDA announced this summer that it expects to publish new rules in April 2017 that will permit generic drug companies to make unilateral changes to their warning labels, even if the brand does...more

Product Liability Update: October 2016

Massachusetts Federal Court Dismisses Putative Class Action Because Defendant’s Unconditional Checks for Named Plaintiff’s Maximum Damages, Even Though Uncashed, Mooted Suit - In Demmler v. ACH Food Companies, Civil No....more

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