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Defective products: anxiety damage recognised and provisionally compensated by interim relief judge

By three court orders issued on 28 January 2016, the Nanterre Civil Court interim relief judge (Juge des référés du Tribunal de grande instance de Nanterre) granted a provision to 13 patients who had taken the Médiator® drug,...more

Seventh Circuit Knocks Out Claims Against Generic Manufacturer on Preemption Grounds

It is not often that we get the opportunity to discuss an opinion from a panel of judges including two former professors from our law school. Diane Wood is the Chief Judge of the 7th Circuit and taught us Civil Procedure at...more

Injunctive Relief Claims Lead to Defense Opportunities

It’s not all that common, but every now and then our opponents feel their oats and seek injunctive relief – usually against the continued marketing of an FDA-approved product. A state-law plaintiff seeking such injunctive...more

Defendants Find Relief from Burdensome Discovery Requests

Litigation often involves lengthy battles over the proper scope of discovery. Defendants with substantial resources frequently find themselves on the receiving end of unreasonable discovery requests in an attempt to overwhelm...more

Learned Intermediary: Arizona Supreme Court Restores Order in the Desert

We recently brought you the breaking news that the Arizona Supreme Court has adopted the learned intermediary doctrine in prescription drug cases. The case is Watts v. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp., No. cv-15-0065-PR, 2016 WL...more

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

New Jersey Federal Judge Says It’s Not So Easy to Preserve Confidentiality of Discovery Documents

Today’s case is about a second chance. We are talking about the dismal topic of document confidentiality. Many -- definitely too many -- documents are produced in mass tort litigations. Almost all those documents are...more

Disproportionate Discovery, Even in an MDL

Here’s a significant post-rules-amendments discovery decision out of the Xarelto MDL. In In re Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) Products Liability Litigation, 2016 WL 311762 (E.D. La. Jan. 26, 2016), the court (Fallon, J.) cited both...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

Sales Reps Denied Summary Judgment in Artificial Hip Case Despite Absence of Legal Duty to the Plaintiff

Once upon a time there was a federal judge . . . . When we were little, we liked it when our mom spun free-form fairy tales for us. We would contribute the object of the “was” (“Once upon a time there was a . . . bullfrog”),...more

Breaking News – Learned Intermediary Mandates Dismissal of 31 of 32 New Jersey Accutane Plaintiffs

The demise of the New Jersey Accutane litigation under the new mass tort judge continues apace. Today 31 more Accutane cases were dismissed for failure to establish warning causation under the learned intermediary rule. ...more

Mississippi Gives Teeth to the Safer Alternative Requirement

Maybe you’ve noticed that many of our recent posts have reported good decisions out of Mississippi. It’s as if there has been an outburst of judicial common sense in that fair state. But it has not really been such a sudden...more

The Other Shoe Drops in Estes

Last month, we discussed Estes v. Lanx, Inc., 2015 WL 9462964 (N.D. Miss. Dec. 23, 2015), and mentioned that the court had left a bit of unfinished business behind – having raised sua sponte the question of whether the...more

Breaking News – High Wattage Reasoning – Arizona Adopts Learned Intermediary

We’ve been following Watts v. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. ever since the Arizona Court of Appeals issued its bizarre ruling that the learned intermediary doctrine (“LID”), which has been adopted in almost every state, was...more

Manufacturing Defect, Misrepresentation and Concealment Claims Will Proceed in Mesh Case

In 2004, a Georgia resident was diagnosed with stress urinary incontinence. On July 16, 2004, she was implanted with a Mentor transobturator sling. In December 2010, she began experiencing pain in her thigh and saw an...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

“Destroying Things Is Much Easier Than Making Them” – The Worst Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2015

In the original Hunger Games movie, while Katniss and Rue are plotting to blow up the Careers’ food stash, Katniss remarks that “destroying things is much easier than making them.” That’s how we feel about our bottom ten...more

A Long Time Ago . . .

We knew that Star Wars had overtaken Christmas in pop culture when we heard a junior high school band play a Jingle Bells/Star Wars mashup. We were not surprised that this cross-cultural amalgamation received the largest and...more

Wright Medical 2015 Wrap Up

At this time, pending in the federal court MDL proceedings in Georgia and 700 cases pending in the California state court consolidated proceedings. There are also more than 800 individual cases pending on a tolling agreement...more

California Jury Awards $9.8 Million In Compensatory Damages And $70 Million In Punitive Damages In Hemorrhoid Stapler Case

In a post a few weeks ago, I reported on a verdict by a federal jury in Atlanta awarding $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages against the manufacturer of a hip implant. Not to be outdone, on...more

N.D. Mississippi Says "Bah, Humbug!" to Discovery on Devices Not Used

Discovery was so much easier when we prosecuted federal criminal cases. We got no discovery from the criminal defendant. That is not to say we were not entitled to any; we simply did not get it. Never mind. We'll convict...more

Lipitor MDL Judge Dissects Plaintiff’s Expert

Have you ever seen a superbly qualified expert give an opinion that is utterly unsupported? That is what happened last week in In re Lipitor (Hempstead v. Pfizer), No. 2:14-cv-1879, 2015 WL 9165589 (D.S.C. Dec. 11, 2015), and...more

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