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N.Y. Court Holds that Manufacturer Cannot be Responsible for Medical Malpractice

by Reed Smith on

We harbor a suspicion that half the drug/device tort cases we encounter are really medical malpractice cases in search of a deeper pocket (thank you medmal damage cap statutes). We’ve said before that both Levine and Riegel...more

Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2017

Clinicians, engineers, safety analysts and scientists at the ECRI Institute have released a looming list of things that could go wrong with modern medical devices and technology in the marketplace....more

Can Robot-Assisted Surgery Be a Pain?

Recently, my colleague Amy Foust made some really good points about a subject that is rarely discussed. Over the years, a number of patients have claimed that they were injured by surgical robots defective by design or...more

Congressional Hypocrisy — Taking away your rights

As a part of the recent speed racing bills through Congress, they have put up HR 1215. Quite erroneously, they have titled it: “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017”. A read of the act’s text quickly tells any objective...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions - February 2016

INSURANCE; BAD FAITH; GENUINE DISPUTE DOCTRINE - Paslay v. State Farm General Insurance Co. (2016) 248 Cal.App.4th 639 203 Cal.Rptr.3d 785 - FACTS: State Farm issued a homeowners policy to Paslay, the...more

Alert: 2016 Round-Up: Key Decisions Affecting Connecticut Health Care Providers

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Connecticut state and federal courts faced a number of significant health care issues last year. We have summarized those cases that we think are particularly relevant to Connecticut hospitals, group practices and individual...more

Health Alert (Australia) January 23, 2017

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Court 13 January 2017 - Selia v Commonwealth of Australia [2017] FCA 7 - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW -...more

Bacteria Found in Cardiac Patients Linked to Heater-Cooler Machine

Heater-Cooler Machine Spreads Germs in Sterile Areas - The medical device sounds well-intended enough: a heater-cooler machine used during heart surgery to control a patient’s body temperature. Doctors employ them in the...more

Health Alert (Australia) December 12, 2016

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Circuit Court 5 December 2016 - Singh v Minister For Immigration & Anor [2016] FCCA 3061 - MIGRATION –...more

Health Alert (Australia) October 17, 2016

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales 13 October 2016 - Coote v Kelly; Northam v Kelly [2016] NSWSC 1447 - On 23 May 2012, Mr Coote died...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Felony Conviction of Urologist, Under FDCA, for Reusing Single-Use Needle Guides During Prostate Biopsies...

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In 2014, Las Vegas urologist, Dr. Michael Kaplan, was convicted by a federal jury for reusing single-use plastic needle guides during prostate biopsies. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit adulteration in violation of...more

Health Alert (Australia) May 23, 2016

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: South Australia - 19 May 2016 - Inquest into the deaths of Robert Campbell and Jeremy Todd...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 21, 2016

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: - Victoria - 15 March 2016 Inquest into the death of Reginald Johns Brooks - On 20 December 2013, Mr Brooks,...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 7, 2016

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: - Victoria 26 February 2016 Inquest into death of Maree Rosalie Jones Ms Jones was admitted...more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 15, 2016

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In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments JUDGMENTS Western Australia 8 February 2016 - Martin V Minister for Health [2016] WADC 15 Mr Martin...more

Mississippi Plaintiff Defeated By Improper Construction of “Amend As A Matter Of Course” Rule

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We spent the past weekend in Cleveland, visiting a dear law school friend of whom we see much too little. Cleveland deserves more press as a travel destination. It boasts beautiful architecture, (including spectacular...more

Medical Device Manufacturers as "Health Care Providers"

by Reed Smith on

We’ve read a fascinating new case out of Texas, Verticor, Ltd. v. Wood, ___ S.W.3d ___, 2015 WL 7166024, No. 03-14-00277-CV, slip op. (Tex. App. Nov. 13, 2015), posing the question whether a medical device company can be a...more

Health Alert (Australia) - November 16, 2015

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In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Court 11 November 2015 - Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Ltd v Compton [2015] FCA 1207 The Federal...more

Taking Down the Flagg: Fifth Circuit Remands Med Mal & Device Case for Lack of Diversity Despite Uncompleted Administrative Review...

by Butler Snow LLP on

A divided panel (2-1) of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that failure to exhaust a state law pre-suit medical panel review process did not subject the plaintiff’s claims against the...more

Louisiana – Long-Standing Medmal Issue Decided in Favor of Remand

by Reed Smith on

Well, that appears finally to be over, and like the “ships” (relationships) at the end of the Harry Potter series, we’re not particularly happy with the end result – as compatible as ashwinder eggs and erumpent horn, those...more

Using Severance Under Rule 21 To Preserve Removal Jurisdiction

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A recent pelvic mesh case in the District of Maryland, Sullivan v. Calvert Memorial Hospital, No. PJM 14-118, Memorandum Opinion (D. Md. July 30, 2015), offers an interesting and useful take on federal jurisdiction when...more

No Duty for Device Manufacturer to Provide Separate Warnings to Hospital, According to Washington Court of Appeals

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We admit it. We (and “we,” in this instance, should be read in the singular) are fans of certain social media, particularly the one that involves “posting” on a “wall” then sitting back and basking in the “likes.” We tend...more

Health Alert (Australia) - July 6, 2015

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: Victoria. 26 June 2015 - Northern Health v Kuipers [2015] VSCA 172 - The Victorian Supreme Court has allowed an appeal...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 15, 2015

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: New South Wales. O'Sullivan v Medical Council of New South Wales [2015] NSWCATAD 113 The New South Wales Civil and...more

ABA Hijinks – Defeat the Resolution Supporting Unlimited Punitive Damages

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Most of us are members of the American Bar Association. Some of us are more active than others. At one extreme, Bexis has been in what the ABA calls “leadership,” as editor of the Mass Torts Newsletter, for some 15 years. ...more

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