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Comment K Case by Case – Falling Out of Favor?

When we examined Restatement (Second) of Torts §402A, comment k (1965), in our 2011 research post “Comment K, Some of the Way,” we remarked about how it said “a lot of things,” including: (1) that one can’t design away...more

Mentor Case Time Barred

In 2004, North Carolina resident Melanie Cole was implanted with Mentor’s OB Tape, which is a sling device that is used to treat urinary incontinence. Three weeks after the surgery, Ms. Cole visited her surgeon and...more

Boston Scientific Prevails in North Carolina Mesh Case

The Uphold Vaginal Support System is a transvaginal mesh product used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (“POP”). Marta Carlson sued Boston Scientific Corporation (“Boston Scientific”), the maker of the Uphold Vaginal Support...more

Florida Supreme Court Embraces “Consumer-Expectation” Test for Design Defect Claims

The Florida Supreme Court recently issued a significant decision that will affect all strict product liability/design defect cases litigated in Florida. In Aubin v. Union Carbide, decided October 29, 2015, the Court rejected...more

Florida Supreme Court Rejects the "Risk Utility" Test For Strict Liability Design Defect Cases

In a key products liability decision, Aubin v. Union Carbide Corp., No. SC12-2075, 2015 WL 6513924, at *1 (Fla. Oct. 29, 2015), the Florida Supreme Court rejected the Restatement (Third) of Tort's "risk utility" test which...more

Philly Court Applies Michigan Law to Dismiss Risperdal Cases

Delve into the crime stories of Elmore Leonard, whether in the form of the books, movies, or television shows, and you are likely to spend considerable time in Michigan and Florida. True, Justified was set in Kentucky. But...more

Court Resists Plaintiff’s Attempt to Bring Design Defect Claim Against the Innovator of a Product Who Did Not Manufacture It

Resistance bands used for home exercise purposes have recently become the frequent subject of product liability suits. Perhaps most notably, a lawsuit resulting from an eye injury suffered by Senate Minority Leader Harry...more

Morello v. Kenco Toyota Lift: No Duty to Advise Of Optional Safety Devices

Just last week, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed plaintiff’s negligence and §402(B) strict liability claims on summary judgment in Morello v. Kenco Toyota Lift, et al. The court reserved dismissal of the...more

Heedless Heeding Presumptions – How New York Law Became a Morass

Ever since this blog started, we’ve made plain that we have no use for the so-called “heeding presumption.” This presumption posits that, because under Restatement §402A, comment j, a defendant providing an adequate warning...more

California Dreaming: The Bite of Bauman, the Perfume of Preemption, the Stink of Stengel

This week the Drug and Device Law Son turns 20. It is apparently an age of discontent, of gripes and snipes. When we asked the DDLS what he wanted for his birthday, he said he wanted to move "back" to California. Something...more

How Does a Bad Idea Get Implanted?

Not so long ago we discussed how Pennsylvania law clearly precludes prescription medical product strict liability, but plaintiffs keep asserting that cause of action anyway. The plaintiff bar is nothing if not persistent. ...more

MDL Court Agrees – Tincher Doesn’t Change Pennsylvania Drug/Device Law

Several months ago we responded with some disdain to recent plaintiff-side arguments we had seen claiming that the strict liability decision in Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., 104 A.3d 328 (Pa. 2014), somehow altered...more

Florida Supreme Court Reaffirms Need to Object to Inconsistent Verdict Before Jury Is Discharged

On May 14, 2015 the Supreme Court of Florida rejected the “fundamental nature” exception with regard to objecting to an inconsistent verdict in products liability cases and announced that “a timely objection is required to an...more

Product Liability Law Medical Device Law Update: December 2012 - “A State of Profound Uncertainty”: The Crisis in Pennsylvania

Since the mid-1960s, Pennsylvania has adhered to the strict liability tenets of section 402A of the Restatement (Second) of Torts. Its version of strict liability had a number of unique features, including the determination...more

Strict Products Liability Claims Based On Design Defect Are Inapplicable To Implanted Medical Devices That Are Available Only...

A recent California Court of Appeal decision out of the Second District has provided further clarity to the scope of California products liability law by reasserting the general rule that precludes strict liability for design...more

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