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Federal Court Dismisses Essure Complaint

A couple of weeks ago we reported on our visit to the Women’s Health Litigation Conference. One of the conference panels discussed the most interesting ongoing litigations involving women’s health products. Essure, a...more

California Federal Court Dismisses Inferior Complaint

Inferior vena cava filters resemble what we used to call “daddy long legs.” You know what we mean: the spider-like creatures with small centers, from which long, bent legs emanate in all directions. That is sort of what IVC...more

Something Went Right In Brazil

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

The Difference Between Manufacturing and Design Defects

Some plaintiffs seem to think that if they allege any problems about anything in the manufacturing process of a prescription medical product, then it falls under the rubric of “manufacturing defect.” They’re wrong, of course....more

W.D. Penn. Dismisses Most Claims in Hernia Mesh Case

You’ve probably heard James Carville’s description of Pennsylvania as Pittsburgh on one end, Philadelphia on the other, and Alabama in-between. Let’s put aside that last bit, which manages simultaneously to insult both...more

U.S. DOT Moving Closer to Certification of Driverless Cars

Motor vehicle design continues to make significant technological leaps incorporating a number of automated features, with many manufacturers pioneering the concept of driverless cars. What was once the stuff of science...more

Olympus Duodenoscope Recall: Lessons Learned on How to Manage a Class II Device Failure

Earlier this year Olympus Corp. (“Olympus”) announced that it would recall and redesign its TJF-Q180V duodenoscope following its link to deadly patient infections in the United States and abroad. This situation presents an...more

Product Liability Verdicts in Arizona

Product liability cases show a strong defense trend in Arizona. Since 2011, Arizona juries have given twelve defense verdicts and three plaintiff’s verdicts. Here are all of the Arizona product liability verdicts over the...more

Texas Federal Court Says Device Manufacturer is Not a Health Care Provider, but Also Not a Seller

Sometimes it takes us a while to catch on to things. This is more than a little embarrassing for a Jersey guy to admit, but while many of our high school classmates were devout Springsteen fans after his first two albums,...more

C.D. Cal. Dismisses Infusion Pump Complaint

The plaintiff in Frere v. Medtronic, Inc., 2016 WL 1533524 (C.D. Cal. April 6, 2014), was an 80 year-old woman who had an infusion pump implanted to treat her chronic low-back pain. According to the plaintiff, the device...more

Bad Bullets Brings Sixth Circuit in Line with Siblings: The Commercial Activity Exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

On March 7, 2016, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals joined its sibling circuits by affirming a ruling from the Southern District of Ohio, which found that the design and manufacture of a product is a commercial activity...more

NHTSA Issues Recommended Best Practices for Protective Orders and Settlement Agreements in Private Litigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week issued “Enforcement Guidance Bulletin 2015-01: Recommended Best Practices for Protective Orders and Settlement Agreements in Civil Litigation,” which is...more

Preemption And Causation Do Away With Contraception Lawsuit

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

A Plaintiff Needs More Than a Broken Device To Win

There aren’t that many cases applying Wyoming law, but the recent Tolman v. Stryker Corp., ___ F. Appx. ___, 2016 WL 683315 (10th Cir. Feb. 19, 2016), does – and we like its reasoning. The injured plaintiff was in an...more

Cajun TwIqbal Kiss-off

The Twombly and Iqbal requirement that complaints set forth facts making out a plausible case for liability got a nice workout in the recent case of Guidry v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 2016 WL 633673 (E.D. Louisiana Feb....more

Manufacturing Defect, Misrepresentation and Concealment Claims Will Proceed in Mesh Case

In 2004, a Georgia resident was diagnosed with stress urinary incontinence. On July 16, 2004, she was implanted with a Mentor transobturator sling. In December 2010, she began experiencing pain in her thigh and saw an...more

Washington Court Upholds Preemption Ruling for Aircraft Component Manufacturer

Last week, in the Estate of Virgil Becker v. Forward Technology Industries, Inc., a Washington appellate court upheld a lower court decision affirming the dismissal of claims against an aircraft component manufacturer on...more

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

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

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

Texas Court’s Writ of Mandamus Relieves Discovery Pressures on Tire Manufacturer

A court in Harris County, Texas provided relief to Michelin North America Inc. in a case involving allegedly defective tires when it threatened to issue a writ of mandamus in favor of the tire manufacturer. The Texas...more

Ghostbusters – Phantom “Parallel Claim” Exorcized by Generic Drug Preemption

With claims related to warnings, design, and recall all preempted, plaintiffs seeking to sue makers of generic drugs don’t have many options. After all, as we’ve discussed before, if state common law can’t require changing a...more

Judge Denies C.R. Bard’s Request to Seal Documents in IVC Settlement

In August 2005, a patient was implanted with a Bard Recovery Filter System in order to catch blood clots or “thrombi” traveling from the lower portions of his body toward his heart and lungs. Unfortunately, the device failed...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

Judge Consolidates Design Defect Claims for Trial in Ethicon Mesh

Judge Goodwin, who oversees the Ethicon mesh pelvic repair system multidistrict litigation in West Virginia, has consolidated 26 actions for trial on the issues of design defect, negligent design, and strict liability. The...more

US: Courts' Deference to an Arbitration Award is not Without Limits

As a matter of public policy, United States courts strongly favor alternative dispute resolution and show great deference to awards made by arbitration tribunals. However, a recent ruling by the US District Court for the...more

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