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Failure To Warn

N.D. Alabama Issues Mixed Bag of Branded Preemption Rulings

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We like bright lines in the law. They streamline arguments for lawyers and, more important, they make it easier for non-lawyers to conduct their affairs with some degree of predictability. Rear-end a car and you’re liable,...more

Fourth Circuit Excludes FDA Evidence in Transvaginal Mesh Products Liability Case

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In the Southern District of West Virginia, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc., were sued for defective design and failure to warn for their transvaginal mesh TVT-O, in addition to a loss of consortium claim....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

SDNY Rejects Innovator Liability

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May 10 is an important day in the history of the law. On this date, way back in 1893, the Supreme Court ruled that the tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit. The case was called Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893). The issue...more

Fifth Circuit Holds That Spearin-like Provision of Louisiana Civil Code Bars Negligent Failure to Warn Claim

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

LaShip, LLC v. Hayward Baker, Inc., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 3694 (5th Cir. Mar. 1, 2017) - Beginning in 2007, LaShip, LLC (“LaShip”) undertook the construction of a large shipbuilding facility in Houma, Louisiana (the...more

The Cheese Runneth Over...Into Illinois

by Reed Smith on

Last September we expressed our curiosity over Wisconsin cheese curd and our distaste for an order from the Western District of Wisconsin rejecting implied preemption in an amiodarone case. As we explained then, the district...more

Smoke Screens & Side Shows

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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

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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

Product Liability Update: April 2017

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Massachusetts Federal Court In Prescription Drug Case Holds “Learned Intermediary” Rule Requiring Warnings Only To Prescribing Physician Applied Even Though Patient and Caregiver Were Physicians, But Experts’ Affidavits of...more

Medical Device Manufacturers’ Duty to Warn Expands

The Washington State Supreme Court recently released its decision in Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. where it held that Washington law requires medical device manufacturers to warn hospitals that purchase their products of...more

Potential Liability for Design Defect in Use of Button Cell Batteries

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

A recent Report and Recommendation by a Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania may serve as a warning to companies that manufacture and supply products containing button...more

Merck Fails to Obtain Summary Judgment on Preemption Defense – Third Circuit Rules “Impossibility Preemption” Presents a Question...

In re: Fosamax (Alendronate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation, Nos. 14-1900 et al. (3d Cir. March 22, 2017). In a precedential decision issued on March 22, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third...more

Warning: Lawyers May Be Hazardous To Your Health

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Most of the cases we defend involve claims of inadequate warnings. What makes a warning inadequate? Falsehood is the first thing that comes to mind. But the Pontius Pilate question of “What is truth?” continues to vex. We...more

Aviation Happenings - Winter 2016-2017 Part 2

Part 2 of the winter edition of the Aviation Group’s newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant cases and developments in aviation law, including: - Supreme Court Affirms Presumption Against Preemption...more

Washington: Product Manufacturers Must Warn Hospitals; May Be Strictly Liable for Failure to Warn

by Cozen O'Connor on

In Washington, manufacturers of medical devices now have a duty to warn hospitals that purchase their devices. Additionally, product manufacturers of “unavoidably unsafe products” face strict liability for failure to warn...more

What The Intuitive Ruling Means For Medical Device Makers

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last month, in Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical Inc., the Washington Supreme Court saddled medical device manufacturers with a new duty to warn under Washington law — the duty to warn hospitals about potential risks their...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Branded Drug Preemption and Trial Win

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In the aftermath of Levine, with its generous interpretation of the CBE regulation and its novel “clear evidence” standard, we wondered how long it would be until we saw a court holding that a failure to warn claim with a...more

The Failure to Warn of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

by Cozen O'Connor on

As more states legalize marijuana for recreational use, the long-term effects of marijuana use —the good and the bad — will continue to have a significant effect on the law, and in particular, products liability law. Products...more

Hip Case Breaks the Right Way in New York

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A recent case in the Southern District of New York debunks two myths that we see all the time. Myth number one: A medical device is defective if it fails. Myth number two: A plaintiff can prove causation on a...more

Guest Post – Failure to Warn Claim Dead on Arrival Without Testimony from Prescribing Physician

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This is a guest post from Michael Salimbene, an associate at Reed Smith. It’s about learned intermediary causation, and the need for prescriber testimony. Not infrequently, in mass torts with lots of solicited plaintiffs,...more

Heeding Presumption Only Goes So Far In Post-Sale Warning Case

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Devoted as we are to the defense of manufacturers of prescription drugs and medical devices, we have often advocated for the full implication of the fundamental—to us, at least—requirements that warnings claims focus on the...more

11th Circuit Upholds Stent Defense Verdict

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It is always nice to win a case, whether by motion or trial. But just in terms of pure exhilaration, it is hard to beat hearing the jury foreperson announce that, after a hard-fought trial, you win. But note that term...more

Can a Football Helmet Manufacturer Be Responsible for High School Football Player’s Tragic Death?

A Chicago mother who tragically lost her son following a football-related injury recently filed suit against the city school board and the helmet manufacturer, alleging both parties failed to take reasonable steps to ensure...more

Asbestos Alert: Government Contractor Defense Available to Broker Which Arranged for Asbestos-Containing Insulation to Be Provided...

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (November 22, 2016) - The Government Contractor defense is available in asbestos lawsuits brought against manufacturers and suppliers of military hardware and...more

Plaintiffs Withdraw Motion to Centralize Essure Birth Control Litigation

Essure birth control is a medical device designed to provide permanent sterilization. Since 2002, about 750,000 women worldwide have undergone Essure sterilization procedures. Although the device has been marketed as a...more

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