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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

Studies Reveal Risks Associated With Yaz

Yaz is a prescription drug containing the synthetic hormone drospirenone that is used to prevent pregnancy, to treat moderate acne in women who are at least age 14, and to treat the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric...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

Supreme Court Holds FDCA Preempts Common Law Design-Defect Claim Against Generic Drugs

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., Inc. v. Bartlett that the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) preempted the respondent's common law claim for damages arising from the...more

Pre-Emption of State-Law Design-Defect Claim Against Generic Drug Company

On June 24, 2013, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., Inc. v. Bartlett held that state-law design-defect claims based on the inadequacy of a generic drug’s labeled warnings are pre-empted...more

Generic Drug Preemption Expanded by Supreme Court's Bartlett Decision

Not surprisingly, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the broad preemptive scope of PLIVA, Inc. v. Mensing, 131 S. Ct. 2567 (2011), and further extended the reach of impossibility preemption to design defect claims, in issuing its...more

Transvaginal Mesh Cases Move Forward

In 2006 Linda Gross, a nurse from South Dakota, was diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Ms. Gross received a Gynecare Prolift transvaginal mesh implant that later caused neurological complications and scarring. ...more

DePuy Wants to Slip Away From Metal Hip Jury Verdict

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has requested that an $8.3 million judgment against the company over its DePuy metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implant be put on hold....more

Breaking Down The Bartlett Oral Argument

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral argument in the much-anticipated Mutual Pharmaceuticals v. Bartlett case, No. 12-142 (on appeal from the First Circuit Bartlett v. Mutual Pharms. Co., 678 F.3d 30 (1st Cir. 2012)). The...more

Design Defect Claims Against Vaccine Manufacturers Are Preempted by Federal Law

On February 22, 2011, in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 7–2 decision that the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (“Vaccine Act”) preempts all design defect claims brought against...more

Another Liability Shield for Vaccine Manufacturers: U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Design Defect Claims Against Vaccine...

On February 22, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, 562 U.S. __ (2011). The Court’s 6-2 opinion, written by Justice Scalia (Justice Kagan took no part in the decision), held that design defect claims...more

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