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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

Another One Bites the Dust: Plaintiff’s Causation Expert Excluded in Hernia Mesh Litigation

by Reed Smith on

We spent Sunday evening in the familiar confines of a top-notch local professional theatre. The production was a short (80-minute), two-character play. It was entirely dialogue-driven, so everything the audience learned came...more

Plaintiffs’ Causation Expert Renounces His Own Conclusions – and Withdraws – in Mirena IIH Litigation

by Reed Smith on

We have blogged before about the Mirena IUD litigation. Cases alleging injuries from device migration and uterine perforation were centralized in an MDL in the Southern District of New York but summary judgment was granted...more

Why Should Class Action Matter to You?

According to a bill pending in the House of representatives, class actions are bad for you and multi-district litigation is not your friend. HR 985 is an example of our legislators acting out of complete ignorance or an...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms A Very Unhappy Unverdict Against Hip Manufacturer

by Reed Smith on

A funny thing happened on the way to a defense verdict last year—after the jury decided that the defendant’s product was not defective, the MDL judge told the jurors that perhaps they did not “fully understand” and instructed...more

Johnson & Johnson Advocate Says It Should Not Be Defendant in Baby Powder Case

The Personal Care Products Council wants its name off the defendants’ list in multidistrict litigation filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey by plaintiffs suing Johnson & Johnson over the pharmaceutical giant’s baby...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

House Passes Bill Proposing Sweeping Changes to Class Action Litigation

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The House of Representatives has passed legislation that will fundamentally change class actions as we know them. The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (the “Act” or “H.R. 985”) leaves no stage of class action...more

Hip Implant MDL Denies Summary Judgment on Claims of Plaintiffs Who Failed to Preserve Explanted Devices

by Reed Smith on

Regular readers of this blog know that we have a pretty jaded view of many MDLs. Obviously consolidation makes sense, at least on paper, in terms of efficiency and the best use of scarce court resources. But, in practice,...more

House Passes Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

by BakerHostetler on

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 985) (the Act). The Act – introduced by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte – makes...more

FCPA: 2016 Year in Review & 2017 Enforcement Predictions

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims announces the release of its "FCPA: 2016 Year in Review & 2017 Enforcement Predictions," a review of trends and developments in FCPA as well as a look ahead into what to expect for 2017. The newly released...more

Take Two!: Congress Revives the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act

This week, the House of Representatives is debating the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 985; the Act), a Republican-sponsored bill that, if passed, will critically change the procedures governing class...more

JPML Refuses MDL for Proton Pump Inhibitor Kidney Injury Cases

by Reed Smith on

A multidistrict litigation (MDL) can be a sound way of managing a mass tort. Efficiencies are available (e.g., deposing company witnesses only once) and the U. of Chicago part of us dreams of economies of scale. Then again,...more

Proposed Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 Seeks to Curb Attorney Abuses of Class Action Device and Expand Class...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On February 9, 2017, Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (the “Act” or “H.R. 985”). The Act significantly expands the...more

What’s in FICALA? Part 2 – MDLs

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this month, I wrote about the class-action provisions of the new Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act, which has passed out of the Judiciary Committee and is headed for a floor vote in the House. At the end of...more

No Exception for Latent Disease in N.C. Statute of Repose

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Highlighting an area of unsettled law in North Carolina toxic tort litigation, a federal district court in the Eleventh Circuit held that the pre-2014 North Carolina statute of repose contained no exception for latent...more

Pay Back to Big Corporations — Unneeded Laws

It seems when Congress tries to pass a law taking away peoples’ rights they tack on a title that sounds like they are just trying to “tidy up” or do us a favor. Such is the result of House bill H.R. 985, which they have...more

Will Congress Overhaul Class Action Practice? A Quick Look at the Proposed Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

In 2016, House Republicans sponsored legislation aimed at curbing “no injury” class actions, which was supported by testimony from DRI, among others. The legislation passed the House but died in the Senate. Earlier this month...more

Pro Te: Solutio - Vol. 9 No. 2 - Summer 2016

by Butler Snow LLP on

...With this issue, our focus shifts to one that often “dogs” us in serial and consolidated litigation: federal multi-district litigation. Our articles offer some insights into various aspects of MDLs, along with practical...more

Baby Powder Lawsuits – $200 Million and Counting?

Lawsuit No. 4 in the case against Johnson & Johnson and its ovarian-cancer-linked talc product has headed to the courtroom in Missouri. It is the fourth in a series of baby powder lawsuits filed nationally. Defense attorneys...more

Something We Can All Support: H.R. 985, Picking Up Where CAFA Left Off

by Reed Smith on

Regular blog readers may recall that, every year, we eagerly await a Monday and Tuesday right around February 14th. This has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day (though we like a dozen roses and a box of chocolates as much as...more

Judge Kicks Benicar Claims

Benicar is used to treat high blood pressure. In June 2015, numerous plaintiffs sued the manufacturer of Benicar, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. and Forest Laboratories LLC in the St. Louis Circuit Court. Plaintiffs alleged injuries...more

Proposed Federal Legislation Would Rewrite Class Action Law

by Benesch on

On February 9, 2017, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced H.R.985 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Bill is titled “To amend the procedures used in Federal court class actions and multidistrict litigation proceedings...more

Guest Post – MDL Court: Preemption Leaves No “Glimmer of Hope” for Labeling Claims Against a Pharmacy

by Reed Smith on

What follows is a post authored by Jaclyn Setili, a Reed Smith associate. She is discussing what we believe is the first extension of Mensing/Bartlett preemption to claims involving pharmacies – something we’ve previously...more

Lipitor MDL Court Grants Pfizer’s Omnibus Summary Judgment Motion: No Evidence of Causation

by Reed Smith on

For those of us who spend large chunks of our professional lives in mass tort MDLs, expressions like “settlement inventory” are ubiquitous. It is too easy to lose sight of the fact that these expressions put the rabbit in the...more

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