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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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Supreme Court Reins in Attempts to Expand Jurisdiction

This past Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court drastically changed the landscape of mass tort litigation. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, the Court found that the State of California did not have...more

Supreme Court Reins in California Courts’ Approach to Specific Jurisdiction

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court reinforced its narrow application of specific jurisdiction in mass tort proceedings in an 8-1 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court of California. In the class action...more

Supreme Court Says “No” to “Litigation Tourism”

There has been a lot said already about the effect on product liability (especially drug) cases and “mass actions” as a result of the United States Supreme Court’s June 17, 2017 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v....more

Failure To Contraindicate Claims and Preemption

by Reed Smith on

We were recently asked the question, “are failure to contraindicate claims preempted?” Our immediate response was, “How could they not be”? However, it’s not helpful to answer a question with a question, and as with all...more

Multi-State Class Actions After the Supreme Court’s Decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On June 19th, the Supreme Court issued a decision that could have important consequences for multi-state class actions. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, the Court addressed the question whether a California...more

Eastern District of Wisconsin Grants Summary Judgment on Hip Component Manufacturer’s Negligence Claims But Denies Summary...

by Reed Smith on

Last week, like most weeks during the past year, we spent a lot of our time on airplanes. One of those trips fell on a day with “lots of weather.” All of our flights were delayed, although we were luckier than many. When we...more

US Supreme Court Limits Jurisdictions Where Non-US Businesses May Be Sued - The World in U.S. Courts: June 2017 - Special Issue

On June 19, the US Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, a case that may make efforts to litigate national product liability and consumer protection suits against non-US companies...more

SCOTUS Finally Ends Litigation Tourism In Product Liability Suits

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The United States Supreme Court fundamentally changed the practice of product liability litigation in the United States by finally doing away with the “litigation tourism” industry – the common practice of out-of-state...more

SCOTUS Rules CA Courts Lack Specific Jurisdiction to Entertain Injury Claims by Non-Residents (Bristol-Myers)

by Selman Breitman LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the ability of non-California residents to sue defendants in California courts for injury claims that have no connection to California, even where defendants have extensive business...more

Daimler Here to Stay: SCOTUS Overturns California Court’s Exercise of Jurisdiction Over Out-of-State Plaintiffs

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Following on the heels of BNSF Railway Company v. Tyrrell last month, the Supreme Court, by an 8-1 margin in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California, has reaffirmed the jurisdictional holding of its 2014 Daimler...more

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