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Product Liability Update: August 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

United States Supreme Court Holds Due Process Forbids Exercising Specific Jurisdiction Over Nonresident Plaintiffs’ Claims Against Nonresident Defendant Where Claims Did Not Arise From Defendant’s Contacts with Forum,...more

Good Risperdal Times, Part Three: Summary Judgment for Janssen in Philadelphia

by Reed Smith on

We write this in the first minutes of the eclipse, about 75 minutes from whatever “totality” will be visible here in southeastern Pennsylvania. We have our certified safety glasses at the ready, we have instructed the midday...more

The Spearin Doctrine Revisited: Penzel Construction v. Jackson R-2 School District

In a recent Missouri appellate decision, the court recognized and reaffirmed the Spearin Doctrine which provides that an owner impliedly warrants the adequacy of plans and specifications it provides to a contractor. In Penzel...more

Missouri Court Holds Public Owner is Liable for Issuing Defective Contract Documents

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Although the federal courts have followed the Spearin doctrine since 1918, it took Missouri just shy of a century to come on board. Under U.S. v. Spearin, it was held that when a government entity includes detailed...more

Spearin Doctrine: A Construction Case Described in A Tweet!

by Burr & Forman on

I read in my Twitter feed this morning about a recent case where the Missouri Court of Appeals formally adopted the Spearin Doctrine. I immediately wondered if I could explain the Spearin Doctrine in less than 140...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Contractor’s Complaint, Declining to Create ‘Ultra Vires’ or ‘Bias’ Exceptions to the...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, 2017 U.S. App. Lexis 7252 (4th Cir., April 25, 2017) - The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently addressed whether the...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

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2016-2017 Term

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

This year’s Supreme Court term may be more memorable for the intrigue and political drama taking place outside the Court than the import of the decisions the Court issued. On April 10, 2017, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth...more

Federal Court Rules Spearin Doctrine Contractor Immunity for Defects in Owner's Design Includes Contractor's Failure to Warn Owner...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The legal doctrine of implied fitness of design warranty, recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court, provides that a contractor bound to build according to plans and specifications prepared by an owner will not be responsible for...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

Equipment Manufacturers: Beware of the Rental Yard Customer When Safety Features Are Optional

by Wilson Elser on

Fasolas v. Bobcat of New York Appellate Division (April 1, 2017) - A typical argument made by the plaintiffs and their experts in a design defect/ product liability case is that “Safety should never be an option.” Over...more

Supreme Court Closes The Door On A Tactic Used By Plaintiffs To Appeal Denials of Class Certification

The Supreme Court recently decided a case involving an Xbox 360, although the issue before them had nothing in particular to do with the video game system itself. It got me wondering, however, how many justices would you...more

Supreme Court Rejects Creative Dismissal Strategy To Engineer Appellate Review Of Order Denying Class Certification

Takeaway: The United States Supreme Court has rejected a tactic used by the plaintiffs’ bar to obtain appellate court review of an order denying class certification despite a settlement of the named plaintiffs’ claims....more

Comparative Negligence and Crashworthiness Collide at the South Carolina Supreme Court

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently held that the comparative negligence of a plaintiff, in causing a vehicular collision, is not a defense to product liability crashworthiness claims brought under the theories of...more

Game Over – SCOTUS Holds a Voluntary Dismissal With Prejudice Is Not a Viable Means to Appeal a Denial of Class Certification

by Carlton Fields on

A group of plaintiffs hoped to hit the reset button on the Ninth Circuit’s denial of their Rule 23(f) petition to appeal from an order striking class allegations in their case against Microsoft, the maker of the popular Xbox...more

Supreme Court Slams the Back Door Around Rule 23(f) in Microsoft v. Baker

Introduction. On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker et al., a closely watched case in the class action world, and one on which we previously reported here. Baker presented the...more

Supreme Court: Dismissal Tactic to Appeal Class Certification Denial Is Invalid

by Morgan Lewis on

In a much-anticipated decision, the US Supreme Court held in an 8-0 vote that plaintiffs cannot confer upon themselves a right to appeal class action denials simply by dismissing actions following the denial of class...more

Supreme Court Closes The Door On A Tactic Used By Plaintiffs To Appeal Denials of Class Certification

The Supreme Court recently decided a case involving an Xbox 360, although the issue before them had nothing in particular to do with the video game system itself. It got me wondering, however, how many justices would you...more

Supreme Court Says No to Appellate Gamesmanship

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Washington, DC-based litigator James Freije brings us an analysis of the Supreme Court’s latest class certification decision. Resolving a current split amongst multiple federal circuits, the United States Supreme Court...more

Supreme Court Says No to Appellate Gamesmanship

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Washington, DC-based litigator James Freije brings us an analysis of the Supreme Court’s latest class certification decision. Resolving a current split amongst multiple federal circuits, the United States Supreme Court...more

Supreme Court Rejects Plaintiffs' Tactic for Appealing Class Certification Denials

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous 8-0 opinion in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, reversing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and holding that federal courts lack jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291 to hear the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Plaintiffs’ Voluntary Dismissal Does Not Transform A Decision Denying Class Certification Into An...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, No. 15-457 (U.S. June 12, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a procedural issue that is of importance in any class action in terms of when and in what circumstances a...more

Kentucky Trial Court follows U.S., not Kentucky, Supreme Court Precedent to Hold that Claims Against Investigational Device Were...

by Reed Smith on

It is quite unusual for a state trial court to depart from that state’s highest court precedent. But consider that old Hebrew National frankfurter advertising campaign: “We answer to a higher authority.” If the United...more

Summary Judgment for Concentric Medical on Design Defect and Warnings Claims Related to Fracture of Merci Retriever Device

by Reed Smith on

When last we wrote, we were about to embark on a journey to Budapest and Vienna to visit the Drug and Device Law Rock Climber. We mentioned that we were thrilled to hold tickets to see the Lipizzaner stallions perform at the...more

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