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Compensatory Damages Allowed to Stand in Depakote Trial, Despite Adequate Warnings and Lack of Warnings Causation

by Reed Smith on

We are beginning to feel like the Drug and Device Law theatre critic. Or perhaps we should say “theatre cheerleader,” as we rarely wax critical (at least about the stuff we include in our blog posts). Last week, we saw the...more

The Luck of The Draw: A Strong Preemption Ruling from an Anticoagulant MDL

by Reed Smith on

We have offered our view that cases seeking to impose liability based on well-known risks found with an entire class of prescription medications tend to be weak. We think design defect claims usually are clearly preempted in...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

A One-Two-Three Inning

by Reed Smith on

With the Phillies stinking the joint out – off to their worst start since World War II – and both of Boranian’s local teams in last place, too (not as deeply buried as the Phillies), use of baseball imagery might seem a bit...more

Another Accutane Verdict Vacated in New Jersey

by Reed Smith on

No one can be all that happy with how the Accutane mass tort proceeding has played out in New Jersey. We have no involvement in that proceeding, but we have monitored it from afar, and it has been extraordinarily contentious....more

Southern District of Illinois Excludes Plaintiff’s Experts in OTC NSAID Kidney Injury Case

by Reed Smith on

Next week, we are traveling to Budapest, with a side trip to Vienna. We are visiting the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber, who is spending this semester abroad studying computer science (in Budapest) and climbing rocks (in...more

Breaking News: Cerveny – “Clear Evidence” Preemption Wins on What Matters Most

by Reed Smith on

On May 2, 2017, the Tenth Circuit affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded the post-Levine branded drug preemption decision in Cerveny v. Aventis, Inc., No. 16-4050 (10th Cir. May 2, 2017). ...more

Comparative Fault of Government Regulators Might be a Defense

by Reed Smith on

‘Pointing to the empty chair’ is a well-known defense trial tactic. It allows the defendant to go on offense. Maybe the plaintiff deserves some compensation, so the narrative goes, but the plaintiffs sued the wrong party. ...more

Breaking News: Cerveny – “Clear Evidence” Preemption Wins on What Matters Most

by Reed Smith on

On May 2, 2017, the Tenth Circuit affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded the post-Levine branded drug preemption decision in Cerveny v. Aventis, Inc., No. 16-4050 (10th Cir. May 2, 2017). ...more

Smoke Screens & Side Shows

by Reed Smith on

We confess, we can’t think of any good reason for admitting evidence concerning product risks that the plaintiff in a particular case never actually encountered – yet plaintiffs try it with a straight face all the time. It’s...more

WDNY Holds that Tysabri Warnings are Adequate as Matter of Law and that Product Liability Claims are Preempted

by Reed Smith on

However a drug/device product liability is styled, it will almost always be focused on a claim of failure to warn. Why do plaintiffs insist on inserting a cause of action for manufacturing liability when there is not a whiff...more

Vast – Or at Least Half-Vast – Conspiracy Claim Dismissed

by Reed Smith on

Imagine a conspiracy so vast that it includes not only your usual plaintiff-side fantasy of the FDA conspiring with a drug company, but also high FDA officials, President Obama, Robert Mercer (noted Trump supporter and...more

Another Step Toward Reasonable Preemption Case Law

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last month, the Sixth Circuit affirmed a complete defense verdict for Abbott Laboratories Inc. which was based in part on branded drug preemption. Rheinfrank v. Abbott Laboratories Inc., Case No. 16-3347, 2017 WL 680349 (6th...more

Does Buckman Preemption Apply to Antitrust and RICO Claims?

by Reed Smith on

We talk a lot on this blog about Buckman preemption. That isn’t just out of pride regarding Bexis’s role in the bone screw litigation that led up to the Buckman decision. The principle in Buckman is important. What happened...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms A Very Unhappy Unverdict Against Hip Manufacturer

by Reed Smith on

A funny thing happened on the way to a defense verdict last year—after the jury decided that the defendant’s product was not defective, the MDL judge told the jurors that perhaps they did not “fully understand” and instructed...more

Shouldn’t Congress Try to Save Lives of Americans?

What kills between 250,000 and 440,000 people in the United States each year; 700 deaths per day? What is the third leading cause of death in America? Isn’t it one of the responsibilities of the US Congress to...more

Spoiler Alert: Florida Appellate Court Upholds PMA Preemption and Rejects Parallel Claim

by Reed Smith on

Over the years, comedian Adam Carolla has played the “Germany or Florida” game on his various radio and tv programs and podcasts. The game is based on the observation that many of the most bizarre stories of human ineptitude...more

Product Liability Update: January 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

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

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Package Insert Does not Establish Standard of Medical Care

by Reed Smith on

Like most Americans, we like our doctor. We like doctors in general. We are not looking to start another song battle with our friends over at the Abnormal Use blog, like when we competed to name as many law songs as...more

SDNY Applies Preemption in Favor of Branded Drug

by Reed Smith on

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

Using the Affordable Care Act in Defense of Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases

by Wilson Elser on

Courts across the country are beginning to consider the argument that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) serves as a vehicle to limit a plaintiff’s claim for future medical damages. Plaintiffs often use exaggerated life care plans...more

Essure Has Caused 303 Fetal Deaths, Independent Analysis

A gross discrepancy in the number of fetal deaths attributed to the birth control device Essure has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to analyze the data and decide whether to change the way the product is...more

$11 Million Verdict Against Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair System Under Appeal

Ethicon Women’s Health & Urology, maker of the Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair System, is appealing an $11 million verdict awarded to a South Dakota women injured by the defective mesh implant....more

Maker of dirty medical device hit with $623 million in penalties for kickbacks

Can the sleaze get any worse with the maker of a dirty medical device that investigators say sickened dozens and played a role in killing 21? Sadly, it can. Federal prosecutors say that the maker of a flexible scope used in...more

Preemption (and Other Things) Defanging Depakote Claims

by Reed Smith on

It wasn’t a complete win, but the summary judgment outcome in Rheinfrank v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ F. Supp.3d ___, 2015 WL 4743056 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 10, 2015), has to put a spring in the step of the defendants as they...more

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