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Failure To Warn Design Defects

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

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

Fourth Circuit Excludes FDA Evidence in Transvaginal Mesh Products Liability Case

by Sands Anderson PC on

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

SDNY Rejects Innovator Liability

by Reed Smith on

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

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

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

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

by Reed Smith on

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

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

Something Went Right In Brazil

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Zika virus, Olympic unpreparedness, economic collapse, presidential impeachment - a lot of things have gone wrong in Brazil lately. But we’re not here to talk about any of that. Here’s something that went right: Brazil v....more

Some Case-by-Case Comment K Mixed with Some Insufficient Pleading of Fraud

by Reed Smith on

In Hawaii, from whence today’s case comes, tourists are encouraged to try poi, mashed up taro root, which looks like purple wallpaper paste and tastes like, well, purple wallpaper paste. The term is also used as a friendly...more

Silence Would Have Been Golden: Unnecessary Illogical Preemption Decision in Motrin SJS/TENS Summary Judgment Victory

by Reed Smith on

We sat through The Revenant again this weekend, at the plaintive (not plaintiff) request of a Drug and Device Law Friend who had yet to see it. Last time, we barely stayed awake. This time, we lost the battle. We have heard...more

New Jersey Mesh Summary Judgment Hat Trick

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We’re pleased to report that good things continue to happen in Atlantic County product liability proceedings following recent judicial turnover. On February 19, 2016, the Reed Smith Bard/Davol defense team scored a hat trick...more

Preemption And Causation Do Away With Contraception Lawsuit

by Reed Smith on

With Spring Training well underway, we took notice of the solid base hit delivered last month by the Northern District of California in La Paz v. Bayer Healthcare LLC, No. C 15-03995, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13058 (N.D. Cal....more

Power Morcellator Cases Transferred to Kansas

Power morcellators are electric surgical devices used to cut tissue has been used in recent years as an alternative to traditional, abdominal surgical hysterectomies, laparotomies and myomectomies. In April 2014, the...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

Seventh Circuit Knocks Out Claims Against Generic Manufacturer on Preemption Grounds

by Reed Smith on

It is not often that we get the opportunity to discuss an opinion from a panel of judges including two former professors from our law school. Diane Wood is the Chief Judge of the 7th Circuit and taught us Civil Procedure at...more

“May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor” – The Ten Best Prescription Drug/Medical Device Decisions of 2015

by Reed Smith on

The iconic Hunger Games line, “may the odds be ever in your favor” pretty much sums up how we feel about our top ten best decisions of 2015. These are results that put the “happy” in Happy New Year – which we wish all our...more

N.D. Mississippi Invokes Buckman in Rejecting Plaintiff Efforts to Screw Up Product Liability Law

by Reed Smith on

We are determined not to end 2015 on a bad note. Thus, we turn, as we do with surprising frequency (and as we did last week), to a federal court decision out of Mississippi for a heaping helping of solid legal reasoning. ...more

Sixth Circuit Sweeps State-Law Design Defect Claims Under the Rug of Impossibility Preemption

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last week, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a groundbreaking opinion in Yates v. Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. that could change the liability landscape for brand-name drug manufacturers. No. 15-3104...more

Product Liability Update - October 2015

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Massachusetts Federal Court Holds Proof of Testing of Proposed Alternative Design Not Required in Design Defect Claim, Evidence Plaintiff Ignored Defendant’s Warnings Did Not Establish He Was Sole Proximate Cause of Injury on...more

Philly Court Applies Michigan Law to Dismiss Risperdal Cases

by Reed Smith on

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

C.R. Bard Awarded Summary Judgement on Warning Claim in IVC Case

An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is used to prevent life threatening pulmonary emboli. Once installed, the filter’s arms and legs open and anchors it to the walls of the IVC. The filter then catches blood clots that would...more

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