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Xarelto Litigation Update – Jacksonville Filing

Brenda S. Fulmer, a 21-year veteran of drug and medical device litigation and a partner with Searcy Denney, filed an indivdual lawsuit against the manufacturers of Xarelto in federal court in Jacksonvillle this week. The case...more

Olympus Sued Over “Superbug” Infections

The New York Times recently reported that 179 patients at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center were exposed to a potentially deadly “superbug” between October of 2014 and January of 2015. As of February 18, the infection of...more

Arizona Applies Consumer Fraud Act to Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Arizona has joined two other states in applying its consumer fraud law to pharmaceutical manufacturers. The Arizona Court of Appeals decision came in a products liability action against Medicis Corporation, related to a...more

B.C. Court Finds Methodology to Prove Causation is Required to Certify Pharmaceutical Class Actions

On January 22, 2015, the British Columbia Court of Appeal set aside certification of a class action against Apotex Inc. and Abbott Laboratories Ltd. in Charlton v. Abbott Laboratories Ltd. (Charlton), in which the plaintiffs...more

The Learned Intermediary Defense Advances in Nevada

The learned intermediary doctrine can be a legal defense against product liability claims. It is most commonly applied in cases involving drugs and medical devices. A learned intermediary is a medical expert, such as a...more

Product Liability Alert: Failure-To-Warn Suit Against Generic Drug Maker Proceeds Despite Argument of Federal Preemption

On January 20, 2015, the U.S Supreme Court denied cert in Teva v. Superior Court of California, Orange County, refusing to review a California state court ruling allowing patients to proceed with claims that Teva...more

Generic Drug Manufacturers to Face Failure-to-Warn Claims in California

On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal involving failure-to-warn claims against generic pharmaceutical manufacturers. Teva Pharms. USA Inc. v. Super. Ct., No. 13-956, 2015 WL 231967 (U.S. Jan. 20,...more

"Generic" Logic Helps Branded Drug Achieve Dismissal

A federal district court has held that design defect claims against a brand pharmaceutical manufacturer are preempted by federal law. Booker v. Johnson & Johnson, No. 3:12 oe 40000, 2014 WL 5113305 (N.D. Ohio Oct. 10,...more

Expect tort potholes for self-driving cars

While self-driving cars have the potential to significantly reduce auto accidents and injuries, autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles do not fit neatly into the current motor vehicle and insurance regulatory regimes....more

The Pain Drain - The Continuing Impact of Pain Management on Health-Care Providers

Over a hundred million Americans suffer from chronic pain. To combat this epidemic, health-care providers have increasingly turned to opioid analgesics. As a result, opioid analgesic use has risen dramatically over the past...more

Product Liability Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Holds Foreign Manufacturer Which Pled Meritorious Personal Jurisdiction Defense in Answer, But Did Not Move to Dismiss, Forfeited Defense By Participating in...more

Federal Court Holds Manufacturer of Investigational Drug and Medical Device Responsible for Clinical Trial Investigator’s...

In a recent decision subject to multiple flaws, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts refused to dismiss a suit against the manufacturer of an investigational drug and medical device used in a...more

Who Is at Fault When a Driverless Car Is in an Accident?

One author's view on how to determine the answer that may surprise you....more

Florida Appellate Court Embraces Daubert Standard And Provides First In-Depth Analysis Under New Law

Last week, the Third District Court of Appeal resolved any questions concerning the applicability of the Daubert standard in Florida following the legislative changes to Florida's evidence code in July 2013. ...more

Liability for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Expands for the First Time to Include Design Defect Claims

Product liability law in Pennsylvania has been fundamentally altered as it relates to the manufacturing and selling of prescription drugs. Manufacturers are now subject to design defect claims following a recent state Supreme...more

Plaintiffs May Assert Negligent Design Claims for Prescription Drugs, Pa. Supreme Court Holds

In a stunning decision with broad implications for pharmaceutical companies in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has held that plaintiffs may assert negligence claims against pharmaceutical...more

Federal Preemption Rules and Insufficient Pleading Results in Dismissal of Plaintiff’s Off-Label Claims

In a recent decision issuing from the Central District of California, the court evaluated requirements pertaining to federal preemption and pleading, and granted Medtronic, Inc. and Medtronic Sofamor Danek, USA, Inc.’s...more

A Double Play For Prescription Drug Manufacturers In The Eleventh Circuit

Consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, 131 S. Ct. 2567 (2011), the Eleventh Circuit recently held that generic prescription drug manufacturers cannot be held liable under state-law failure...more

A Short-Lived Victory for Generic Drug Manufacturers?

On June 24, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. Inc. v. Bartlett, 570 U.S. ____ (2013), finding that design-defect claims against generic drug companies are pre-empted where...more

How to Create an Opening Statement Using Graphic Immersion

My part in a recent presentation to the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association concerned opening statements, and I wanted to share a highly graphically immersive style of opening that allows an attorney to persuasively...more

When In Doubt, Write Your Doctor A Letter

"Dear Doctor" letters were front and center in the recently tried case of Tietz v. Abbott Laboratories Inc., et al., No. 12-L-002715. On Thursday, May 9, 2013, a Chicago jury returned a $2.2 million verdict in favor of the...more

Superior Court Affirms Dismissal of Paxil Birth Defect Case Lacking Proximate Causation

In its March 4, 2013 non-precedential decision in Pettit v. GlaxoSmithKline, LLC, No. 850 EDA 2012, the Pennsylvania Superior Court (applying Ohio law) affirmed an order of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra...more

What Litigators Can Learn From Some of the Coolest Graphics in Construction

The ability to make powerful, high-quality trial graphics was extremely limited by the software available in the early 1990s. I was reminded of how far we’ve come in the area of visualization and modeling when I recently had...more

Second Circuit Labels Expert’s Testimony a Sham in Pharmaceutical Products Liability Litigation

As a little kid, I did not have an immediate appreciation that my actions could get me into trouble, and so, without thought, I told the truth. My dad would ask, “Did you write your name on the wall?” I would respond,...more

Ninth Circuit limits Medical Device Amendment preemption of post-PMA tort claims

Medical Device Companies should be aware of a recent en banc ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that has the potential to increase litigation involving class III medical devices....more

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