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Warning Causation Potpourri in New Jersey Mass Tort

by Reed Smith on

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

"The Class Action Chronicle - Fall 2016"

This is the 13th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings issued...more

Bootstrapped Claim Against the FDA Gets the Boot

by Reed Smith on

We’re pleased to report the demise of a plaintiff’s firm’s attempt to punish the FDA for rejecting the firm’s attempt to force the agency to create evidence helpful to plaintiffs in litigation. The ploy began in 2012, when “a...more

Massachusetts Rebuffs Latest Plaintiff Attack on Reproductive Choice

by Reed Smith on

We’ve often thought that tort reform should be a major goal of those interested in preserving women’s reproductive choice. Every prescription medicine has risks, which is why the FDA requires a prescription in the first...more

New Jersey Court Rules Talcum Powder Claims Not Supported by Science

by K&L Gates LLP on

Talcum powder has been widely used as a cosmetic and bath product by Americans for well over a century. In recent years, claims have been asserted that talcum powder causes certain forms of ovarian cancer. This has resulted...more

Florida Tightens the Reins on Proving Causation in Asbestos Claims

by Wilson Elser on

On September 14, 2016, Florida joined a growing number of jurisdictions that reject the “any exposure” theory of proving causation. Variously known as the “cumulative exposure” or “each and every exposure” theory, it is based...more

Guest Post – With No General Causation Experts, Denture Cream Plaintiffs Drop Like Leaves In Autumn

by Reed Smith on

Today we have a guest post from Reed Smith‘s Jaclyn Setili, about one of our pet peeves – MDL plaintiffs (and their counsel) who think they don’t have to do any work at all on their cases, and simply show up come settlement...more

Put Up or Pay Up: Mentor Obtape MDL Judge Promises Sanctions to Plaintiff Attorneys Filing Meritless Cases

by Reed Smith on

We spend the vast bulk of our professional life working in the context of MDLs. We know the drill: plaintiff lawyers file hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of cases. At some point, the cream rises to the top in...more

You Should Know - September 2016

Asbestos: Lethal and Still a Threat to All Americans: Backpack: check. Pencils: check. Respirator: ??? Two years ago, the Ocean View School District in Orange County, California, was forced to close...more

MDL Court Says “You Don’t Belong Here” to Plaintiff “Added by Amendment”

by Reed Smith on

This weekend, the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber hosted a sleepover to say goodbye to her friends as she headed back to college. Somehow, between our last survey of heads on pillows and the convergence on the breakfast...more

Breaking News – California High Court Expands “Specific” Personal Jurisdiction To Recreate “Exorbitant” Personal Jurisdiction...

by Reed Smith on

It’s been two years since the First District California Court of Appeals issued its ill-founded decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, 175 Cal. Rptr. 3d 412 (Cal. App. 2014), which used specific personal...more

Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Update – Mountain West Coast Case Law Highlights

COLORADO CITY FRACKING BANS PREEMPTED BY STATE LAW - City of Longmont v. Colo. Oil and Gas Ass’n, 369 P.3d 573 (Colo. 2016), 2016 Colo. LEXIS 442; City of Fort Collins v. Colo. Oil and Gas Ass’n, 369 P.3d 586 (Colo....more

3D Printing: Health Care Miracle, Product Liability Nightmare, or Both? Insights from Nutter’s David Ferrera and Robyn Maguire

David Ferrera, partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and chair of the firm’s Product Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation practice group, and Robyn Maguire, partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and a member of the...more

California Adopts the Sophisticated Intermediary Doctrine

In a recent opinion, the Supreme Court of California formally adopted the Sophisticated Intermediary Doctrine, clarifying what circumstances may permit a raw materials supplier to discharge its duty to warn consumers. Webb...more

NJ Supreme Court Opens Door to More Take-Home Exposure Claims against Landowners

by Wilson Elser on

On July 6, 2016, in Schwartz v. Accuratus Corporation, No. A-73-14-076195, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that individuals other than spouses exposed to take-home toxins may pursue claims against landowners....more

Pro Te: Solutio - Vol. 8 No. 5

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Spring 2016 issue of Pro Te Solutio deals head-on with issues that are driving litigation in this modern era. And as it is with many issues, there are two sides to every story. The first topic we wrangle involves the...more

Component Parts Doctrine not Applicable to Products Used in Manufacturing Process That are not Incorporated into a Different...

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Flavio Ramos, et al. v. Brenntag Specialties, Inc., et al. - California Supreme Court (June 23, 2016) - In cases of claimed injury from asbestos exposure, the component parts doctrine was designed to provide...more

California Supreme Court Adopts the Sophisticated Intermediary Defense

by Polsinelli on

In Webb v. Special Elec. Co., the California Supreme Court formally adopted the "sophisticated intermediary doctrine," which provides an additional defense that manufacturers and suppliers can assert against product liability...more

Toxic Tort & Product Liability Quarterly Vol. 9, No. 2, May 2016

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a case that may make it easier to prove causation in Maryland lead paint cases, the Maryland Court of Appeals held that neither direct evidence of the source of lead nor expert testimony was necessary when a trier of fact...more

New York Reaffirms General Acceptance Standard in Frye for Scientific and Technical Issues

by Wilson Elser on

In a recent opinion handed down by New York’s highest state court – the Court of Appeals –Sean R. v. BMW of N. Am., LLC, 2016 N.Y. Slip. Op. 01000 (Feb. 2016) reaffirmed New York’s continued adherence to Frye’s “general...more

First Circuit: Plaintiffs’ Specific Causation Expert Fails to Pass Muster in Benzene Case

by Reed Smith on

Last week, we (along with many of you, we assume) attended the DRI Drug and Medical Device conference in Chicago. We re-connected with friends dating to the beginning of our lengthy career (literally – ran into the head of...more

Talc Litigation: The Big Picture

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In 2015 and 2016, juries awarded $13 million in a talc case in California, and $72 million and $55 million in talc cases tried in Missouri. The California plaintiff argued that she used talcum powder which contained...more

Better Healthcare Newsletter from Patrick Malone

In many households, it’s the season for a spring freshening. So this month, we focus on how to make your home as healthy as possible by cleaning up the hidden hazards. Get the lead out - and other ways to make your home...more

Indiana High Court Rules Statute of Repose Inapplicable in Cases of Protracted Exposure to Substances

by Wilson Elser on

On March 2, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court rendered an opinion in the consolidated appeals in three cases. The Court held that the Indiana Product Liability Act’s statute of repose does not apply to cases involving...more

Court Decision Makes it Easier for Plaintiffs to Pursue Claims Against Companies in Indiana

by Polsinelli on

On March 2, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court struck down Section 2 of the Indiana Product Liability Act and held that its statute of repose “does not apply to cases involving protracted exposure to an inherently dangerous...more

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