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Pro Te: Solutio - Vol. 9 No. 2 - Summer 2016

...With this issue, our focus shifts to one that often “dogs” us in serial and consolidated litigation: federal multi-district litigation. Our articles offer some insights into various aspects of MDLs, along with practical...more

Non-Physician Learned Intermediaries

One of us was asked a question the other day that we couldn’t answer immediately. “Does the learned intermediary rule apply to a physician’s assistant?” We didn’t remember any cases actually deciding that issue. So we did...more

What Is “Product Liability”?

We’re serious – we’re not planning to give a flip answer like “an extortion racket.” No, it’s more like law school, where a first-year contracts professor began with the question “What is Chicken?” (Hint – that’s discussed...more

Nebraska Daubert Order Finds Expert a Mile Wide at the Mouth, But Only Six Inches Deep

A case from Douglas County, Nebraska, caught our eye this week for a couple of reasons. It’s a great Daubert order in an Accutane case in Nebraska state court. In addition to that, this blogger’s mother grew up on a farm in...more

Unreliable Expert Causation Evidence Ends Birth Defect Case

We have posted several times in the last few years (like here, here, here, and here) about cases alleging birth defects from maternal SSRI use during pregnancy. Perhaps because of the inherent sympathy for the plaintiff...more

Product Liability Update: January 2017

Massachusetts Appeals Court Holds Birth Control Patch Manufacturer Had Duty to Warn Patient Directly But Packet Insert Adequately Warned of Greater Risk of Blood Clots As Compared to Birth Control Pill; Design Defect Claim...more

Plaintiffs’ Fraudulent Joinder Tactic Results in Dismissal

Defendants successfully argued “fraudulent joinder” in Bahalim v. Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Inc., winning dismissal of the case in its entirety. The case was decided on Plaintiffs’ motion to remand and Defendants’ motions to...more

Gorsuch Looks Pretty Good On Preemption

When we heard about Judge Neil Gorsuch being nominated for the United States Supreme Court, our first move was to enter his name in Westlaw along with the term “preemption.” That’s the constitutional doctrine most important...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial of Samsung’s Motion to Compel Arbitration Based on In-Box Warranty Brochure

On January 19, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s denial of Samsung’s motion to compel arbitration by the named plaintiff in a class action alleging that Samsung made misrepresentations as to...more

Hip Case Breaks the Right Way in New York

A recent case in the Southern District of New York debunks two myths that we see all the time. Myth number one: A medical device is defective if it fails. Myth number two: A plaintiff can prove causation on a...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts the Substantial-Interest Test for Statute of Limitations Choice of Law

On January 24, the New Jersey Supreme Court adopted the substantial-interest test to determine choice-of-law questions in the application of statutes of limitations. New Jersey’s statute of limitations applies if (1) New...more

Update: US Supreme Court Grants Certiorari on California Personal Jurisdiction Case

Nation’s highest court agrees to hear appeal of a California Supreme Court case with far-reaching implications for personal jurisdiction. In the recently published opinion in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Turns Back The Clock on Statute of Limitations

We thought we understood statutes of limitations and choice-of-law rules in New Jersey. Until yesterday. That was when we read the New Jersey Supreme Court’s opinion in McCarrell v. Hoffmann-La Roche, Inc., No. 076524, 2017...more

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Case That Could Limit Out-of-State Product Liability Actions

In September, we discussed several new trends in jurisdiction, including an opinion—Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of San Francisco County—in which the California Supreme Court held that hundreds of non-California...more

Going After A Hospital For Off-Label Use Of A Device

It seems that we have posted hundreds of times about attempts to impose liability on the manufacturer of a PMA device that a doctor chose to use off-label. Recently, a bunch of those have involved Infuse. Cales v. Baptist...more

Breaking News – Supreme Court Takes BMS Personal Jurisdiction Case

The United States Supreme Court today granted certiorari in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court. Here is a link to the order. The California Supreme Court decision in this case was our worst case for all of 2016. ...more

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

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