Failure To Warn

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A Brief Overview of the Case Law Regarding "Failure to Train" Claims - And Its Implications for Medical Device Manufacturers

In recent years, causes of action for “failure to train,” or allegations predicated on a duty to train, have been on the rise in cases against medical device manufacturers. Historically, however, such claims and allegations...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules on Whether Drug Company Has Expanded Duties

On January 21, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in a 4–2 vote in Lance v. Wyeth, 2014 PA. 17 EAP 2011 (PA Supreme Court 2014), that a pharmaceutical company for the first time under Pennsylvania law may face...more

Liability for Defective E-cigarettes

E-cigarettes are electronic devices designed to simulate the experience of smoking. Local news reported on a Grant Park woman who claimed that a new e-cigarette that she bought exploded and almost destroyed her home....more

What is Failure to Warn?

Consumer products must be reasonably safe for their intended purpose. However, many products pose serious risks to consumers. When manufacturers are aware of a product’s risks, their duty to advise consumers of these risks...more

New FDA Rule on Drug Labeling May Mean Increased Exposure and an Uncertain Path for Generic Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Litigation over the labeling of pharmaceuticals dates back to the mid-1800s. In only the last five years, however, two watershed decisions by the United States Supreme Court have established clear, albeit controversial,...more

Florida High Court Reinstates $1.2 million Judgment Against Law Firm of Prospective Client

On October 24, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court reinstated a $1.2 million final judgment awarded to a prospective client of a personal injury law firm who sat in a chair that collapsed during a consultation at the firm. See...more

California Court of Appeal Holds Intermediary’s Sophistication Not Sufficient, as a Matter of Law, to Avoid Supplier’s Liability...

On October 29, 2013, the California Court of Appeal affirmed as proper a trial court’s refusal to give defendant John Crane, Inc.’s (Crane’s) requested jury instruction on the “sophisticated user” defense. In Anne Pfeifer, et...more

Johnson & Johnson Failed to Warn of Talc Powder Link to Ovarian Cancer

A federal jury has found that talcum contained in Johnson & Johnson powder products contributed to a woman’s ovarian cancer. The jury found on that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers of the link between ovarian...more

Product Liability Update -- October 1, 2013

In This Issue: ..Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (Finally) Enforces Agreement for Individualized Arbitration of Unfair and Deceptive Practices Claims Following United States Supreme Court Decision Reversing...more

Ontario Court Certifies Class Action Relating to Allegedly Faulty Hip Implants

In a decision released on August 27, 2013, Justice Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice certified a class action against DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. on behalf of persons who were surgically implanted with any one of...more

Does Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., Inc. v. Bartlett Herald the Demise of the "Failure-To-Withdraw" Theory?

In most states that use a “risk utility” test to determine whether a product is “not reasonably safe” (i.e. defective) as designed, an alternative design for the product is generally considered to be a critical element of the...more

Is Mirena IUD the next big Case in Reproductive Health?

Bayer Pharmaceuticals, maker of the Yaz and Yasmin birth control products as well as many other popular pharmaceuticals, is again under scrutiny with one of its top 5 grossing items, the Mirena IUD. Nearly 2 million women in...more

Is There Any Legal Liability Following Airbag Malfunctions?

As reported by the New York Times and Forbes, airbag supplier Takata Corp. announced to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) that some of its products had the possibility of malfunctioning. ...more

When In Doubt, Write Your Doctor A Letter

"Dear Doctor" letters were front and center in the recently tried case of Tietz v. Abbott Laboratories Inc., et al., No. 12-L-002715. On Thursday, May 9, 2013, a Chicago jury returned a $2.2 million verdict in favor of the...more

Jury Buys Plaintiff’s Argument That Drug Manufacturer Should Have Distributed Dear Doctor Letter Sooner, Without Prior FDA...

Dear Doctor letters were front and center in the just-tried case of Tietz v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., et al., No. 12-L-002715. On Thursday, May 9, 2013, a Chicago jury returned a $2.2 million verdict in favor of the...more

A Narrow Exception To The Mensing Preemption Defense

The Sixth Circuit recently held that a failure-to-warn claim could proceed against a generic manufacturer that had failed to timely follow the brand-name label. Fulgenzi v. Pliva Inc., Case No. 12-3504 (6th Cir. March 13,...more

Mind the Gap: Sixth Circuit Finds Room for Suit Against Generic Manufacturers After Mensing

Yesterday, the Sixth Circuit issued its decision in Fulgenzi v. PLIVA, Inc., a case involving a state law claim for failure to warn against a generic drug manufacturer. Case No. 12-3504 (6th Cir. March 13, 2013). The court...more

Second Circuit Labels Expert’s Testimony a Sham in Pharmaceutical Products Liability Litigation

As a little kid, I did not have an immediate appreciation that my actions could get me into trouble, and so, without thought, I told the truth. My dad would ask, “Did you write your name on the wall?” I would respond,...more

Weeks Defies Years of Jurisprudence, Allowing Innovator Liability for Generic Drugs

Last week the Alabama Supreme Court adopted brand-name manufacturer liability for a generic drug sold by another company, becoming the first state supreme court to do so. Wyeth, Inc. v. Weeks, No. 1101397 (Ala. Jan. 11,...more

Does New York Law Contain a Heeding Presumption? It Depends Who You Ask

Few theories of liability are as elusive and difficult to defend against as “failure to warn.” Given the hindsight borne of any accident, it is tempting to suggest, and for a jury to want to believe, that a few simple words...more

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